Giants Rumors & News

  • Tim Lincecum has been throwing in secret location

    Larry Brown Sports "Teams hoping to get a look at Tim Lincecum this offseason better break out the cloak and dagger. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Big Time Timmy Jim has been throwing every day at a secret location in Arizona." February 13

  • Denard Span, not Angel Pagan, will be Giants’ center fielder and leadoff hitter

    Hardball Talk "Making official what was assumed when the Giants signed Denard Span to a three-year, $31 million contract last month, manager Bruce Bochy announced that Span will start in center field and bat leadoff. That means 34-year-old Angel Pagan, who’s been the Giants’ starting center fielder and..." February 12

  • Tim Lincecum is working out in an “secret location”

    Hardball Talk "A free agent pitcher on the decline coming off of major surgery and still looking for work on February 12 isn’t exactly the definition of Big News. But as newspaper men have known for ages, if you make a bit of information sound cool enough, it becomes news. Or, in some cases, you can make a..." February 12

  • Rob Manfred hopes to rule on MLB domestic violence cases by opening day

    Sporting News "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred hopes to make his rulings by opening day on three pending cases under baseball's new domestic violence policy. Manfred — in a recent Q&A with Harvard Law Today — discussed a wide range of topics, including pace of play, the DH and negotiations on a new collective..." February 11

  • Giants Avoid Arbitration With Brandon Belt

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have avoided arbitration with first baseman Brandon Belt by agreeing to a one-year deal, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets. He’ll receive $6.2MM, Jon Heyman tweets. The sides had seemed headed for a hearing. MLBTR projected Belt to earn the exact amount he..." February 10

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Lincecum’s agt, Rick Thurman, going to Az to watch client coming off hip surgery throw Wed. Then will determine when to do showcase in Tempe

  • Giants to honor Gaylord Perry with statue at AT&T Park

    The Score "One of the most accomplished pitchers to ever wear a San Francisco Giants uniform will soon be immortalized at AT&T Park, as the club announced Monday that a statue depicting Gaylord Perry will be unveiled Aug. 13. Perry, who spent the first decade of his 22-year career in San Francisco, will..." February 08

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    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    #Giants sign 3B Conor Gillaspie to minor league deal. San Fran originally drafted him in supp first round in 2008.

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    The Giants have had discussions with Juan Uribe about a utility role, but the salary ask has been too expensive for them.

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Orioles have expressed interest in free-agent right-hander Tim Lincecum

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles are still looking to upgrade their starting rotation, and are “one of several teams” that have expressed interest in free-agent right-hander Tim Lincecum, according to an industry source. The level of the their interest -- beyond inquiring about the health of the two-time National..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Giants sign catcher Miguel Olivo to minor-league deal

    McCovey Chronicles "Miguel Olivo is a lot of things. He's a 37-year-old catcher who will turn 38 during the season. He's a catcher who used to be good for 15 to 20 homers per year with a lousy on-base percentage, and then he got sucked into the Safeco death fog, never to recover. According to Baseball America's..." February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Giants, George Kontos avoid arbitration at $1.15 million

    Hardball Talk "The Giants and reliever George Kontos have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.15 million contract, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Kontos was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter." February 01

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Vin Scully plans to travel for final Dodgers series in San Francisco

    Orange County Register "If Vin Scully has his way, his final regular-season broadcast will come from the heart of enemy territory. The Dodgers finish their 2016 schedule with a three-game series Sept. 30-Oct. 2 against the Giants in San Francisco. Scully has traveled very little in recent seasons but said he might..." January 31

  • Donaldson credits Zito for helping him win AL MVP

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson credits an encounter with Barry Zito three years ago for guiding him down the path to becoming American League MVP. The former Oakland Athletics third baseman accepted the award Jan. 23, and recalled a time when he noticed the former San Francisco Giants..." January 29

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • Myspace co-founder offers to pay for Giants to re-sign Tim Lincecum

    Fox Sports "In his nine seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Tim Lincecum amassed many ardent fans – who now don't want to see him leave the Bay Area. For the first time in his career, Lincecum has become a free agent, presenting the likely option that he won't be wearing orange and black in..." January 27

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • Lincecum targets early February showcase

    San Francisco Chronicle "Tim Lincecum, the Giants’ two-time Cy Young Award winner and one of the most popular players in team history, tentatively plans to pitch in a showcase in the first two weeks of February hoping to land a big-league job, his agent said Friday. “He’s throwing every day and says he’s doing great,”..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    free agent tim lincecum is shooting for the first half of february to hold a throwing showcase for teams

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

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    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    #Giants sign LHP Mike Kickham (club's 2010 sixth-rounder) and RHP Vin Mazarro to minor league deals. Re-sign OF Darren Ford.

  • Giants trade RHP Cody Hall to D'backs

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants have traded right-handed reliever Cody Hall to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash considerations. In his rookie season at 27 years old, Hall made seven appearances out of the bullpen for the Giants in 2015. He went 0-0 with a 6.48 ERA, striking out seven..." January 14

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

  • Denard Span ecstatic to join Giants: “It seems they win the World Series every other year”

    San Jose Mercury News "Bruce Bochy is about to manage his 21st major league season. He owns three World Series rings and has won four pennants. He’s led several other clubs to playoff appearances. Up the middle, he cannot think of a stronger group than what the Giants promise to have in 2016. “I really can’t,”..." January 09

  • Giants To Sign Denard Span

    MLB Trade Rumors "The team has a three-year deal in place with Span, pending physical, per a club announcement. He’ll receive a $31MM guarantee, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area tweets. And there are incentives in the deal as well, per Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News (Twitter link). 4:41pm: The Giants are..." January 08

  • Looking Ahead To The 2017 Hall of Fame Class

    Baseball Essential "With the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class consisting of two very worthy members in Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the voters of the BBWAA will have another ballot to cast one year from now. Griffey Jr. received the highest percentage of the vote in history, left off only three ballots, while..." January 07

  • MLB has a billion reasons for new live-streaming deal in China

    Sporting News "MLB's international initiative has targeted all the TVs in China. That's a growth potential of more than 1 billion new fans, the result of a "wide-ranging partnership" announced Wednesday with China-based Le Sports in which major league games will be live-streamed in China for the first..." January 07

  • Don't be fooled, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds remain in PED purgatory

    Fox Sports "Don't be fooled by the percentages. The chances of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds making the Hall of Fame didn't necessarily improve with the results of the 2016 voting, which was announced Wednesday. Yes, the respective percentages of both former greats jumped, Clemens from 37.6 percent to..." January 07

  • Gee, I wonder if Dexter Fowler is talking to the San Francisco Giants?

    Hardball Talk "Dexter Fowler, who turns 30 in March, hit .250/.346/.411 with 17 home runs, 46 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 690 regular season plate appearances for the Cubs in 2015. He performed well in the playoffs, hitting two doubles and two homers in 39 trips to the plate. The San Francisco Giants are in..." January 05

  • Shift In Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Could Pave The Way For Those Clouded In PED Controversy "Since 1936, players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it’s safe to say that in no time since has there not be controversy about players that did, or did not gain inclusion. The criteria for voting, based upon the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), is described..." January 04

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Clay Rapada (@pada5something) will retire after pitching for Filipino national team in #WBC to accept a scouting/coaching job in @MLB.

  • Miller: It's time to step to the plate and vote for Bonds, Clemens for Hall of Fame

    Orange County Register "I just voted for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens for entry into the Hall of Fame, and that’s the Hall of Fame of baseball not the Hall of Fame of nasty, rotten cretins whose cheating nearly robbed a beautiful sport of its very soul. Now, before you risk a torn rotator cuff by violently shaking..." December 30

  • Postseason hero Dave 'Hendu' Henderson dies at 57

    Yahoo! Sports "Former major league outfielder Dave Henderson, who was best remembered for his postseason heroics with the Boston Red Sox during the 1986 ALCS, died Sunday at the age 57. Affectionately nicknamed 'Hendu' by his friends and teammates, Henderson played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball,..." December 27