Giants Rumors & News

  • Michael Morse hurts hamstring; timeline for return in dispute

    ESPN "San Francisco Giants first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse could miss at least two weeks after injuring his left hamstring running during Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox, manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's too bad for him. He was playing some really good ball, swinging the bat well,..." March 22

  • Giants easing Madison Bumgarner toward Opening Day start

    ESPN "San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy says Madison Bumgarner is "ready to go" for the start of the season after the ace left-hander pitched just two innings in his spring training start Tuesday. Bumgarner will get five days off before his spring training finale, slated for Monday against..." March 22

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Barry Bonds joins Giants front office

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants announced Tuesday that Barry Bonds has joined the organization as a special advisor to president and CEO Larry Baer. Bonds will join Giants camp on Wednesday. Bonds will represent the organization at community and organizational events in San Francisco and will spend a week in camp...." March 21

  • Giants' Smith has UCL damage, no timetable for return

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants were in the process of compiling their information on left-hander Will Smith’s ailing elbow Tuesday morning, but the initial read is not an optimistic one. Smith’s MRI exam showed some issues with the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow – structural concerns that had not..." March 21

  • Cueto: I was criticized in Dominican for missing WBC

    San Jose Mercury News "Closer Mark Melancon is leaving to join Team USA for the final round of the World Baseball Classic, while another pitcher in Giants camp is left to deal with disappointment and deflect the carping of critics. Johnny Cueto said he would have pitched Tuesday’s semifinal game for the Dominican..." March 20

  • Jarrett Parker leaving no doubt in left field battle, etc.

    San Jose Mercury News "Jarrett Parker connected on a home run Saturday that involved little to no doubt. The left field competition is looking that way, too. Parker was 2 for 4 in the Giants’ 6-5 exhibition road loss to the Seattle Mariners. He’s hitting .333 this spring. His fourth home run was a backspun shot..." March 19

  • Hensley Meulens wants MLB managerial job after WBC showing "Hensley Meulens has received positive reviews for his communication skills and upbeat approach while leading the Netherlands to two straight extended runs in the World Baseball Classic. As the Dutch team prepares to play Puerto Rico in the WBC semifinals Monday night at Dodger Stadium, he's..." March 19

  • Melancon to join U.S. for WBC championship round "Giants right-hander Mark Melancon has been selected to bolster the United States' bullpen for Tuesday's World Baseball Classic semifinal against Japan (9 p.m. ET on MLB.TV and MLB Network) at Dodger Stadium. Teams reaching the third round are allowed to make changes to their pitching staffs, if..." March 19

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Pagan had agreement with Orioles before issue with physical

    Fanrag Sports "Free agent outfielder Angel Pagan had an agreement with the Orioles before an issue with the physical scuttled‎ the deal, sources tell FanRag Sports. It isn‎’t known when the physical took place or what issue came up, but Pagan is obviously well enough to play the outfield for Team Puerto Rico..." March 11

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Cueto says his 2017 opt-out clause isn't a distraction "Right-hander Johnny Cueto arrived in camp on Saturday, having tried to keep his priorities in order, from current concerns to the near future. Cueto reported nearly three weeks late after caring for his ailing father, but his tardiness means he will not pitch for the Dominican Republic in the..." March 05

  • Giants first base coach undergoes surgery after being struck in face by foul ball

    San Jose Mercury News "Giants first base coach Jose Alguacil was airlifted to a Phoenix trauma center and underwent surgery Saturday night after being struck in the face by a foul ball in the Giants’ road exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals. Surgeons successfully repaired a fractured nose and a deep facial..." March 05

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • Potential Landing Spots For Angel Pagan

    MLB Trade Rumors "Spring Training is underway, and though all of the names on MLBTR’s Top 50 ranking from this past November have come off the board, a handful of useful free agents still remain in search of new homes. Angel Pagan quite arguably tops that list. The 35-year-old has averaged 547 plate appearances and..." March 01

  • Giants hope Cueto will make camp debut 'later this week' "Giants general manager Bobby Evans indicated Monday that the delay in obtaining a visa for Johnny Cueto's father could be resolved soon, meaning that the All-Star right-hander could report to Spring Training within a few days. "Later this week is our hope," Evans said. Arriving from the..." February 28

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • At 38, Jimmy Rollins determined to make the Giants: 'I don't have a Plan B'

    USA Today "Jimmy Rollins is the man baseball doesn’t want around. He represents old-school. The aging veteran who already had his glory, and is supposed to be gone, with only his memories hanging around. But in today's era where veterans are in their mid-20s, clubhouse conversation consists of Twitter..." February 24

  • Giants pay off AT&T Park, prepare for another playoff run

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants made no announcement. Threw no party. Orchestrated no conga line through Willie Mays Plaza. On Dec. 15, six days after their news conference to introduce Mark Melancon as their $62 million closer, the Giants made the final payment on AT&T Park. The 20-year mortgage on the $170..." February 23

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • No timetable for when Cueto might report "A week has gone by since pitchers and catchers reported to Giants camp and there's still no sign of right-hander Johnny Cueto. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Cueto is still at home in the Dominican Republic dealing with a personal issue involving his father, and there's still no timetable for..." February 20

  • Giants' Aaron Hill: Joins Giants on minors pact

    CBS Sports "Hill agreed to a minor league deal with the Giants, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. The deal likely includes an invite to spring training, with San Francisco throwing a dart on Hill's defensive versatility and sometimes useful bat. Over recent years, the power and speed Hill displayed in..." February 17

  • Tim Hudson to work as Giants spring training instructor

    Sportsnaut "Four-time All-Star Tim Hudson is coming back to San Francisco, according to his wife. Well, kind of. Kim Hudson announced on Twitter her husband will be joining the San Francisco Giants during spring training as a guest instructor, and he is very excited to be back in a Giants uniform." February 16

  • Barry Zito first Cy Young winner on Billboard charts

    San Jose Mercury News "Barry Zito joined an exclusive club of just one this week by becoming the first Cy Young winner to make the Billboard charts. His debut album, No Secrets EP, sold 1,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. That ranks it No. 15 on Americana/Folk Album Sales, No. 18 on..." February 16

  • Giants shortstop Jimmy Rollins describes ‘dysfunction’ inside Chicago White Sox organization

    San Jose Mercury News "A year ago, Jimmy Rollins watched the drama unfold within the Chicago White Sox organization early in spring training. “That didn’t really change,” Rollins said. “It was a clubhouse in disarray after that point.” Rollins says about three days into his brief tenure with Chicago, which lasted..." February 15

  • Melancon credits 'stubborn' Russell Martin for his success

    USA Today "Mark Melancon was coming off his worst season ever, a 6.20-ERA monstrosity with the Boston Red Sox in 2012 that included a demotion to the minors, when he joined forces on the Pittsburgh Pirates with catcher Russell Martin. Their connection would change his career. A life-long reliever,..." February 15

  • Giants add experienced late reliever

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants, adding late-inning experience to a crowded field of relievers, have signed former Diamondbacks setup man David Hernandez to a minor-league contract, general manager Bobby Evans said. The Giants know the right-hander well. The 31-year-old Sacramento native and Elk Grove resident..." February 14

  • A major extension might have to wait for Madison Bumgarner

    San Jose Mercury News "It’s become standard practice on the day Giants pitchers and catchers report to spring training: Madison Bumgarner tows his horse trailer to town. And he insists that he is towing no bitterness over his contract. “You’re asking me the same question my grandpa asks me: `When are you going to..." February 14

  • Giants’ Matt Cain stoked for strange fifth-starter competition

    San Francisco Chronicle "One of the most over-hyped stories of any spring training is the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, which raises suspense but does not ordinarily make or break a team. It’s not over-hyped this year, not in Giants camp, where one of the candidates owns three World Series rings, has..." February 14

  • Barry Bonds crashes Giants fan fest to sign autographs

    CBS Sports "Most teams hold their fan events (Fan Fest or some derivative thereof) in January, but the Giants actually held theirs on Saturday in AT&T Park. MLB's all-time Home Run King, Barry Bonds, wasn't scheduled to attend, but he showed up on his bicycle to sign autographs nonetheless. Bonds won five..." February 12

  • Posey warns Schwarber not to rush back to catching

    Chicago Tribune "While the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber maintains his desire to catch, Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey offered a cautionary tale about returning to the position after suffering a serious leg injury. "I always told people it took me a solid two years before I felt back to some sense of normalcy,"..." February 11

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • Brian Wilson mulling MLB comeback as knuckleballer

    Sportsnaut "He’s back! Well, he might be. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports three-time All-Star pitcher Brian Wilson could be returning to Major League Baseball. And he plans to return as a knuckleballer. Brown’s article mentions the 34-year-old recently threw some pitches on a mound at USC, and..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17? "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Giants To Re-Sign Gordon Beckham

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have agreed to a minor-league deal to bring back infielder Gordon Beckham, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). He’ll earn at a $1.25MM annual rate if he cracks the MLB roster, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag tweets. Beckham, 30, landed in San Francisco late last year —..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Sergio Romo signs with the Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "It was rumored to be close over the weekend, but now the deal is in place: the Dodgers have acquired reliever Sergio Romo. Ken Rosenthal reports that it is a one-year, $3 million deal. Romo, 33, has pitched for the Giants for the last nine years. " February 06

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Odd Man Out: Where Trevor Brown Fits With The San Francisco Giants

    The Sports Quotient "On Jan. 25, the San Francisco Giants signed catcher Nick Hundley to a one-year, $2 million contract. Last season Hundley hit .260/.320/.439 with 10 home runs in 317 plate appearances, and now he appears ready to assume the role of Buster Posey’s backup. The move was not strange for a team in need..." February 03

  • Brewers Claim Ehire Adrianza, Designate Rob Scahill

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have claimed infielder Ehire Adrianza off waivers from the Giants, the team announced. He’ll take the roster spot of righty Rob Scahill, who was designated for assignment." January 31

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

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