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GIANTS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Who Should Round Out the San Francisco Giants’ Rotation?

The San Francisco Giants made a couple splashes this offseason, signing Johnny Cueto to a $130 million deal and Jeff Samardzija to a $90 million deal. They now have four starters locked into the rotation, including Madison Bumgarner and Jake Peavy, but if you want to nit-pick, their fifth slot is still a question mark. Manager Bruce Bochy and General Manager Bobby Evans have stated...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Changing of the Guard: Pocketful of Posey

Last year, I was probably Buster Posey's greatest champion. Not only was he the obvious number one catcher, but my futuristic math indicated that in points leagues he had first round value. While he had first round numbers, I wasn't actually suggesting drafting him in the first round. This would have been a very foolish and easily avoidable mistake. The reason was simple. Buster...
Via Razzball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: San Francisco Giants Team Preview

2015 Season in Review The San Francisco Giants hung in the  playoff hunt for the majority of the 2015 season but ultimately could not overcome their injuries and ended up finishing eight games back of the first place Dodgers. Key everyday contributors Hunter Pence and Joe Panik both missed a significant amount of time last year, and the Giants midseason acquisitions such as Marlon...
Via The Fantasy Fix
4 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL and law enforcement: No credible threat to Super Bowl 50

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) NFL security leaders and top law enforcement officials say there is ''no credible threat'' to Super Bowl 50. Jeffrey Miller, NFL senior vice president of security, planned to walk the perimeter of Levi's Stadium again Wednesday and he estimates it's approximately three to four miles around the facility in Santa Clara where Sunday's Super Bowl will be played between...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Strengthen Team in Time for Next Season

Since 2010, the San Francisco Giants have re-emerged as a downright dynasty in the National League. The team has won three World Series titles in the last six years and is now doing everything it can to shore up its chances of winning a ninth franchise title in the coming year. It’s been pointed out that the team went ahead and gave Madison Bumgarner all the money to ensure that...

What to make of Brandon Belt?

From the moment Brandon Belt burst onto the scene for the San Francisco Giants following their first championship season since moving from New York, he’s been tough to figure out. He homered in his second ever game for the Giants, to dead center field, off Chad Billingsly of the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. From that moment on, the expectations for Belt and the actual results have...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reliever George Kontos, Giants agree to $1.15M, 1-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Reliever George Kontos and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. Monday's agreement was $50,000 above the midpoint between the $1.35 million Kontos had asked for when arbitration figures were exchanged last month and the $850,000 offered by San Francisco. A 26-year-old right-hander, Kontos was...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants’ new generation should drive 2016

Just like the namesake for the plaza outside AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants who inhabit the beautiful stadium it surrounds are aging considerably. That’s why it’s time for a new generation of faces to grace The City by the Bay. In the past, the Giants have relied on the likes of Brandon Belt and Buster Posey to deliver offensively. But considering the average length...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants rumors: Designated Hitter edition

I know what you’re thinking; but Mike, there’s no designated hitter for the San Francisco Giants. They’re in the National League! You must be sorely misinformed about baseball. But! *Screen crawl* DH WARS! There was a small disturbance in the force early last week. Millions of fans screamed out in terror (or excitement), and then were suddenly silenced when Commissioner Manfred...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Giants’ 2016 Season Looks a Lot like 2002

Following the 2001 baseball season the San Francisco Giants faced a challenging problem: how to retool a 25 man roster that had a solid core of talented players but still lacked a number of critical pieces. That Giants team also had a recent history of success, making the post season twice in the previous five years. In 1997 the Giants lost the League Division Series 3-0 to the Florida...
Via The Giants Cove
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the San Francisco Giants’ Even-Year Superstition Continue Without ‘The Freak’?

The San Francisco Giants’ pitching ace Tim ‘The Freak’ Lincecum has been suffering from a degenerative hip condition, that has ensured his inactivity since June last year. Since then, Lincecum has undergone hip repair surgery, which was projected to heal entirely after a period of five or six months. While his recovery period comes to an end, and as baseball season draws nearer...
Via The Sports Journal
11 days ago  |  Discuss

MySpace founder offers to pay the Giants to re-sign Tim Lincecum

If the San Francisco Giants wind up making a bid to bring long-time starter Tim Lincecum back to The Bay for another hurrah, they may be getting a boost from a surprise donor: Tom from MySpace. Tom Anderson, the founder of the now all-but-defunct social network MySpace, took to Twitter on Tuesday to publicly offer that should the Giants re-sign Lincecum, he would foot the bill....
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 ZiPS Projections – San Francisco Giants

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the San Francisco Giants. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Big-spending Giants have baseball’s best bargain in Madison Bumgarner

The San Francisco Giants opened up their wallets this winter, and as a result they’ll have one of baseball’s most expensive starting rotations. Take a look at the 2016 salaries of their four most expensive starters: Matt Cain: $21 million Johnny Cueto: $15.8 million Jake Peavy: $15 million Jeff Samardzija: $10.8 million That’s a whole lot of money tied up in starting pitching...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Cueto’s Lost Counts

Way back on April 11 of last year, when the Matt Williams-led Nationals were still World Series favorites and Jed Lowrie was still the starting shortstop for the Astros, an unassuming at-bat took place between Matt Carpenter and Johnny Cueto in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cueto, facing his 45th batter of the season, quickly got ahead in the count, 0-2, spotting consecutive fastballs on the...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: analyzing the 2016 lineup

Now that the San Francisco Giants have finally landed a solid left fielder in Denard Span, the front office is most likely done making any major moves. The lineups and rotation are nailed down for the most part. The lineup is most likely going to look something like this: 1) Denard Span – LF/CF 2) Joe Panik – 2B 3) Matt Duffy – 3B 4) Buster Posey – C 5) Hunter Pence –...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeremy Affeldt Adds Huge Back Tattoo

Jeremy Affeldt ended his 14-year big league career as the 2015 season came to a close. This weekend, the former pitcher hit social media to show his fans exactly what he’s been up to over the past three months or, at least, a good chunk of his Saturday. 3.5 hours later Here it is!!!!! #painthreshholdreached have to do the shading later! Epic! #didntcry #boom! #darkagetattoo...
Via Hall of Very Good
22 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs acquire reliever Cody Hall from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have traded right-hander Cody Hall to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash considerations.The Giants had designated Hall for assignment last week when they signed outfielder Denard Span and ended up trading him to Arizona on Wednesday.Hall spent most of last season at Triple-A in Sacramento, where he went 1-3 with a 3...
Via Associated Press
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame baseball player Monte Irvin dies at 96

Former New York Giants and Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin died Monday at his home in Houston.Irvin, who began his career in the Negro League in 1938, was one of the first African-American players to play in the Majors. He made the jump to the majors with the Giants and over eight years was able to tally 99 home runs, 443 RBI and a batting average of .293.Irvin was...
Via Yardbarker
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Risk and reward: Giants’ offseason leaves plenty of questions

The Giants came into this offseason with a number of glaring holes to address; namely, an aging, broken rotation and a need for another outfielder. They decided their best course of action was to take piles of money and throw them at those holes. And while the additions the Giants made definitely seem to make them improved on paper, they come with a whole new set of questions too...
Via The Outside Corner
January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Brady Quinn denies making baseball remark

    Brady Quinn was a two-sport star in high school, but he decided he enjoyed football more than baseball and went off to Notre Dame as a quarterback. Does he regret the choice? On Thursday, Quinn retweeted a Washington Post article that talks about the deal Jeff Samardzija — who played football at Notre Dame with Quinn — just signed with the San Francisco Giants. Samardzija...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija says he was tipping pitches during 2015 season

    Jeff Samardzija says his career-worst 2015 season was down to him tipping his pitches. The right-hander had an ERA under 4 over the three seasons prior to last, but Samardzija’s 2015 was one to forget, with his ERA ballooning to 4.96 and leading the league in hits, earned runs, and home runs allowed. Samardzija believes there is a simple explanation. “When you’re...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Tim Lincecum hoping to impress MLB clubs in January

Two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is available this off-season, and he’s ready to show his skills off to any team that wants to watch. Giants insider Alex Pavlovic reported that Lincecum plans to throw for teams in a showcase in January, as soon as his rehab from hip surgery is complete and he is “100 percent” healthy. Lincecum threw a no-hitter...
Via Sportsnaut
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence proposes to girlfriend in romantic way

Hunter Pence teamed up with Disney to surprise his girlfriend, Twitch broadcaster and actress Alexis Cozombolidis, by proposing, and dammit, the video is heartwarming. In the video, Pence pretends like he’s filming a bit about his best moments at Disney World, when suddenly he drops to one knee, says some incredibly sweet things and asks the big question. Pence couldn...
Via The Comeback
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants ink Brandon Crawford to six-year extension

The San Francisco Giants have signed shortstop Brandon Crawford to a mammoth six-year contract extension worth $75 million reports Ken Rosenthal. Crawford receives a full no-trade clause. Source: Crawford six-year deal with #SFGiants is for $75M. Full no-trade. No option years. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 17, 2015   “Brandon is an integral part of the...
Via The Outside Corner
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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