Giants Rumors & News

  • Giants plan to go young in the bullpen behind Mark Melancon

    CBS Sports "The San Francisco Giants are planning to go young in the bullpen behind new closer Mark Melancon. With Melancon now anchoring the ninth inning, the Giants will reportedly allow several longtime members of their bullpen leave as free agents this offseason. They're essentially overhauling the..." December 07

  • 2016 postseason playoff shares announced

    Hardball Talk "There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. Winning a pennant in baseball’s Golden Age was great for its own sake, but if you were one of the guys who hung around with, say, the Yankees for a long time like Frank Crosetti, the money was basically..." December 07

  • Mark Melancon eager to join Giants after scouting report from Ryan Vogelsong

    San Jose Mercury News "Though he spent last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitcher Ryan Vogelsong spoke often about how much he enjoyed his time in the Giants organization. His teammate, Mark Melancon, was listening. And when it came time to sign his free-agent deal, the one-time Pirates closer recalled..." December 06

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Giants, Mark Melancon agree to deal

    SI "The San Francisco Giants and right-handed reliever Mark Melancon have agreed to a deal to be the team's next closer, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. The deal is pending a physical. Melancon is coming off a season in which he recorded 47 saves, which was the second most in the Major Leagues,..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Giants, Nationals make 4-year offers to Melancon

    KNBR "After blowing a league high 30 saves last season, Giants general manager Bobby Evans has made it clear time and again this offseason that finding a closer is priority number one. It would appear Evans finally has his target, with Jon Heyman of MLB Network reporting on Saturday evening that the..." December 04

  • Giants reportedly looking at J.D. Martinez

    CBS Sports "As the Winter Meetings approach, the Tigers are expected to be one of the most aggressive teams in terms of selling off some veteran talent. Among the names bandied about in the rumor mill is power-hitting outfielder J.D. Martinez. It makes sense, as he surely has great value as a slugger and is..." December 03

  • Will Giants close the deal on a closer at winter meetings?

    San Jose Mercury News "A year ago, the Giants made two major moves in December, signing starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto to rich free agent contracts. It helped get them back into the playoffs in 2016, but they ultimately fell short of their even-year pattern of winning the World Series. They know..." December 02

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Giants refute talks about acquiring Sandoval

    MLB.com "Contrary to reports issued on Saturday, the Giants have not internally discussed reacquiring third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who has struggled with the Boston Red Sox since leaving San Francisco. Club executives are prohibited from publicly discussing the potential acquisition of players under..." November 27

  • Giants have considered trading for Pablo Sandoval

    Boston Herald "At least internally, the Giants have considered a reunion with third baseman Pablo Sandoval, a baseball source told the Herald. How motivated the Red Sox should be to trade Sandoval depends on two other questions: how well do they believe the third baseman can control his eating, and how much..." November 25

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Five players added to Giants' 40-man roster

    MLB.com "The Giants selected the contracts of five Minor Leaguers on Friday and added them to the 40-man roster. The moves protected each member of the quintet from being taken in next month's Rule 5 Draft. The prospects involved were right-handers Chase Johnson, Reyes Moronta and Dan Slania, infielder..." November 19

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Giants Have Held Trade Talks With Tigers On J.D. Martinez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants and Tigers have discussed the possibility of a swap that would send power-hitting outfielder J.D. Martinez out west, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network (via Twitter). Detroit has been said to be willing to consider deals involving all its veteran assets. Entering his final year..." November 15

  • Giants reportedly meeting with Mark Melancon

    Larry Brown Sports "After an epic bullpen implosion doomed them this past postseason, the San Francisco Giants are trying to avoid a repeat performance in 2017. According to a report by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports on Friday, Washington Nationals free agent closer Mark Melancon is in San Francisco for an in-person..." November 12

  • Giants Should Sign 2 of Chapman, Jansen and Melancon to Chase 2017 Title

    Bleacher Report "The San Francisco Giants need to bolster their bullpen. The Giants know it. Every other team knows it. Your second cousin who's wrapped up in the election and doesn't really follow baseball knows it. Luckily for San Francisco, there are a handful of elite closers available in an..." November 11

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • Giants meeting with representatives of Aroldis Chapman

    Hardball Talk "Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Giants are meeting with representatives of free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman. The Giants’ bullpen woes are well-documented, as the club led the majors with 30 blown saves. Relief pitching continued to be a problem in the postseason as the..." November 09

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Giants will look at Cespedes, other big bats

    Fanrag Sports "The Giants are at least surveying the outfield market (Yoenis Cespedes?) while considering whether to go with prospects Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker. The Giants have been seen as one of the more likely pursuers of Cespedes, whom they considered a year ago, but will consider all avenues to..." November 09

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Spurned by D-backs, Phil Nevin to join Giants coaching staff

    Arizona Sports "After being passed over in favor of Torey Lovullo as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ new manager, Phil Nevin appears to have already moved on. Nevin, who has guided the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team, the Reno Aces, since 2014, reportedly will be the San Francisco Giants’ new third base coach. As..." November 04

  • Giants exercise option on Matt Moore for next season

    KNBR "In a move that is hardly shocking, the Giants have reportedly elected to retain starting pitcher Matt Moore for the 2017 season. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that San Francisco has exercised the $7 million team option to retain the left-hander’s services for next season. The Giants also..." November 03

  • Giants, Josh Johnson Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants and right-hander Josh Johnson are in agreement on a minor league contract, per the MiLB Roster Tracker account on Twitter (MLBTR has confirmed the move). Set to turn 33 in January, Johnson hasn’t appeared in a Major League game since the 2013 season due a cavalcade of injury..." November 01

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Bautista, Encarnacion may be done with Blue Jays, here's where they could land

    CBS Sports "Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, the 2016 Blue Jays season came to an unceremonious end with a loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS (CLE 3, TOR 0). Toronto is the first team to lose the ALCS in back-to-back years since the Mariners in 2000 and 2001. "This group's come a..." October 20

  • Pending free agent Gregor Blanco thanks San Francisco

    CSN Bay Area "It appears Gregor Blanco's time in San Francisco is coming to an end. The pending free agent posted a video montage to Instagram, that included the following caption: "Thanks for everything San Francisco this is my home and always will be #staystrong #sfgiants #giantsforever..." October 19

  • Giants Have Had Preliminary Talks With Madison Bumgarner On New Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "We looked previously at the comments of the Giants’ top executives following the team’s postseason exit, but it seems worth exploring one major long-term question on its own. As Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports, the team’s leadership also talked about the possibility of a second..." October 15

  • San Francisco Giants Fans Trying to Blame Playoff Exit on Taylor Swift

    The Big Lead "The San Francisco Giants won World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. These are all even years. The every-other-season thing became a thing and even the most serious of sportswriters gave it validity until the Chicago Cubs put an end to such discussion with a stunning Game 4 comeback. There..." October 15

  • Wrigley Field bar waitress hauls in $5,000 tip

    Chicago Sun-Times "When bartender Stephanie Rarick saw the number of zeros on the tip a Giants fan left her at Wrigley Field on Saturday night at Game 2 of the series against San Francisco, she thought it was a mistake. But there it was, written on the receipt: $5,000 on top of a $2,280 tab, paid for on an..." October 15

  • Giants plan to ‘explore every opportunity’ to find a closer for 2017

    San Francisco Chronicle "Giants general manager Bobby Evans could not play coy. After the ninth-inning bullpen collapse that ended the Giants’ season Tuesday night, club officials could not look fans in the eye and declare they can go into 2017 confident that a current reliever will emerge as the next closer. Though..." October 14

  • Giants to talk extension with Madison Bumgarner

    Sportsnaut "The San Francisco may have fallen short of winning their fourth World Series in seven years, but it had absolutely nothing to do with ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner. The electrifying left-handed starter finished the 2016 campaign with a 15-9 record, 3.24 ERA and 1.024 WHIP in 34 starts. He then..." October 13

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