Now understand #sfgiants will look at all top arms — Lester, Scherzer, Shields, etc.. — w/ uncertainty over Timmy, Cain post-surgery,
Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vasquez, finally acknowledging that deal with #RedSox is done. Pending physical. Press conference tomorrow.
Hardball Talk "Big day for the Sox. On the same day they are expected to officially announce a deal with Hanley Ramirez, Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Pablo Sandoval for five years and close to $100 million. Sandoval had offers from both the Giants and the Padres as well,..." November 24
#SFGiants also could pursue SP. Savings on Sandoval could put them in play for Lester, says one person with knowledge of club’s thinking.
CBSSports.com "The Padres just made a big push for Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, the Braves are on their way to the Dominican Republic to view Tomas and now the Giants, who've always been involved, have extra reason to make a bigger push for Tomas since Pablo Sandoval is going to Boston. Tomas, who's been..." November 24
MLB.com "For Barry Bonds, this is his third year on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot and he's optimistic about eventually being elected even if it's not in the Class of 2015. "I love Major League Baseball. I always have and I loved playing the game," said Bonds, the former Giants slugger. "I..." November 24
ESPN.com "Free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval is expected to make a decision about his baseball future this week, according to his brother and co-agent. Michael Sandoval did not specify which teams are in the running, but he told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes on Saturday that Pablo Sandoval has..." November 23
Bobby Evans #Giants just told us that they at no time have said that they have made a “Final Offer” to Pablo XM 89
San Francisco Gate "I hear Pablo Sandoval has received his highest contract offer from the Padres but is leaning toward accepting an offer from the Red Sox, though events could change in a hurry. Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans, who spoke with agent Gustavo Vasquez on Thursday morning, had suggested the third..." November 23
Hardball Talk "At the end of his column for the San Francisco Chronicle, John Shea writes that if the Giants aren’t able to retain Pablo Sandoval — he’s leaning towards the Red Sox at the moment — the club is expected to join the bidding for free agent Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas. The Giants will be..." November 22
NESN "The Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes just welcomed a surprise entrant. The San Diego Padres have joined the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants in aggressively pursuing Sandoval, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported Thursday night. The Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox reportedly have shown..." November 21
Bobby Evans: "Our interest is significant in both (Yasmany Tomas & Yoan Moncada)."
San Jose Mercury News "If the Giants fail to cut a deal for Pablo Sandoval, they had better have a good excuse. And it can't be: "Hey, the dog ate my incentive clause!" Sandoval, the popular and well-rounded Kung Fu Panda, spent a few days in Boston this week, pondering his future. The Red Sox fed him meals and..." November 20
MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have designated right-hander J.C. Gutierrez for assignment, according to the club’s transactions page. The 31-year-old Gutierrez was projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz to earn $1.7MM in arbitration next season. He pitched 63 2/3 innings with the 2014 World Champions,..." November 20
In addition to offers by San Francisco and Boston, Pablo Sandoval is expected to receive an offer from the Blue Jays in next 24 hours.
CBSSports.com "Pablo Sandoval and his agents boarded a flight Wednesday afternoon from Boston, and the Red Sox are expected to make an offer by Thursday or so in what looks like a strong and spirited competition between at least five teams, including the favored, big-market Boston and San Francisco teams. The..." November 19
CSN New England "CSNNE.com’s Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam joined Trenni Kusnierek on SNC Early Edition to discuss the reports that the Red Sox are discussing a deal with Sandoval. McAdam explained that it would be foolish for either party to sign now. " November 19
Covers.com "San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Hudson is leaning toward the 2015 season being his last in the major leagues. The 39-year-old veteran said Tuesday at a charity event at Auburn, where he played college baseball, that he plans to complete a two-year, $23 million contract with the Giants and..." November 18
ESPN Boston "Free agent Pablo Sandoval arrived in Boston on Monday for a meeting with Red Sox brass, who were said to be "all-in" on luring the third baseman away from San Francisco. An executive with one major league club at last week's GM meetings in Phoenix said the Sox were making a big push to sign the..." November 18
CBSSports.com "The Padres have interest in Pablo Sandoval, expanding the field of known interested teams in the star third baseman to five. The incumbent Giants, where he has won three World Series rings, and the deep-pocketed Red Sox are seen as favorites, but San Diego makes sense, too. The Padres are in..." November 17
New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13
Sporting News "Last year it was Mark Mulder with the comeback bid. This year it's Barry Zito. Zito wants to pitch in the majors again after sitting out last season, according to Zito's agent, Scott Boras. "He called me on the phone in August and said, 'I'm ready to go. I want to pitch,''' Boras told..." November 13
ESPN Boston "While there have been reports, most notably from Buster Olney of ESPN.com, that the San Francisco Giants are optimistic about re-signing Pablo Sandoval and that a deal could happen soon, an executive with another major league club said Tuesday that the Red Sox are "all in" on the free-agent third..." November 12
CBSSports.com "Yasmany Tomas, the Cuban slugger and one of the few power hitters on the market, keeps drawing crowds for workouts in the Dominican, and word is the Phillies, Giants and Padres have come to view his exploits most often. All three of those teams have seen Tomas at least three times -- though..." November 11
Boston Globe "It’s sort of like David Ortiz leaving Boston for the Dodgers, or a reasonable equivalent. Pablo Sandoval should probably never leave San Francisco. Three World Series rings. Postseason hero. Lovable nickname (Kung Fu Panda) complete with fans who wear panda masks during his at-bats. But..." November 09
ESPN.com "The Dodgers won the past two division titles, finished six games ahead of the San Francisco Giants and still ended up watching their rivals celebrate their third World Series title in five seasons. Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi, who has a reputation for being one of the shrewdest..." November 09
CBSSports.com "A trade of Rockies superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki won't be easy to pull off for the most obvious of reasons. The timing isn't good, with Tulowitzki, one of the best players in baseball, coming off season-ending hip surgery. It may be hard to come to an agreement on player compensation..." November 09
Bochy said Susac is frontrunner to back up Posey. "It's going to be up to Hector to try and get that back."
ESPN.com "The Giants are planning their offseason around efforts to re-sign Pablo Sandoval. General manager Brian Sabean and his staff have told free-agent starting pitchers Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong that the World Series champions need time to try to strike a deal with Sandoval before turning their..." November 07
GM Brian Sabean says Giants' initial efforts are focused on re-signing Pablo Sandoval and they have not engaged their other free agents.
Hardball Talk "The Giants are going to lose, in all likelihood, Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong. Or at least one of them. Maybe both. That leaves Madison Bumgarner and Tim Hudson as locks. Matt Cain if he’s healthy. Likely Yusmeiro Petit and . . . Lincecum wasn’t used much in relief in the playoffs. He has..." November 06
New York Post "After eliminating Michael Cuddyer from their list of potential free-agent pursuits, the Mets still have other outfield targets they may consider. Michael Morse is one such name who fits the Mets’ criteria, according to a person with knowledge of the club’s internal discussions. The..." November 05
Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05
New York Daily News "Put the Panda heads away, Yankees fans; Pablo Sandoval isn’t coming to the Bronx. And you can add Max Scherzer, Jon Lester and James Shields to that list while you’re at it. According to a source, the Yankees have no plans to pursue either Scherzer or Lester, the top two free agents on the..." November 04
No surprise: Sandoval has rejected qualifying offer from #SFGiants.
New York Post "The Yankees have an interest in bringing back third baseman Chase Headley, and there are indications the switch-hitting free agent would welcome a return to The Bronx. Headley impressed Yankees brass and players with his play and clubhouse attitude, and the back problem that was an issue in San..." November 03
Fox Sports "When the Giants won the World Series in 2012, they re-signed left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, second baseman Marco Scutaro and center fielder Angel Pagan only after each became a free agent. Barring a sudden breakthrough Monday, the Giants will need to take the same course and outbid other clubs for..." November 03
Yahoo! Sports "Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants got everything a baseball player could want this past October. • Bumgarner's team won the World Series • Bumgarner was on the field for the final out against the Kansas City Royals • Bumgarner was named MVP of the Series • Bumgarner drank..." November 03
USA Today "Here's what you get when you're the MVP of the World Series, besides a free Chevy truck: your own pair of underwear. Sort of. Jockey has quickly made 2,000 pairs of limited-edition "Mad Bum" underwear to commemorate the third World Series championship won by Madison Bumgarner, the San..." November 01
CBSSports.com "Back in April and May when he was uncharacteristically struggling, and batting south of .200, Pablo Sandoval might have been wondering whether he made the right call turning down the Giants' multiyear offer back in spring training. But now that he's a three-time World Series winner with a .426..." November 01
World Series Science: don't dive into 1st base. Instant a runner leaves his feet, he slows down. May have cost Royals a run and the game.
San Francisco Chronicle "One hundred times they won for each other. They won 100 games for a manager who would just as soon bang his big head against a wall than publicly doubt them. They won 100 for a city that loves them and has come to expect the joy they have brought in this championship era. As fate would have..." October 30
Bumgarner named MVP. Sorry for another Captain Obvious tweet. Thought you'd want to know.
CSN Bay Area "The Giants had won Game 7 of the World Series, Madison Bumgarner turned in a relief performance for the ages and amid the clubhouse celebration, someone asked Jeremy Affeldt if it mattered to him that the official scorers did not give him the winning decision. “Nah, Bum deserves it because he..." October 30
Bumgarner has pitched 48 2/3 innings in this postseason, an MLB record. Curt Schilling had 47.2 IP for Arizona in 2001.