Giants Rumors & News

  • Top Cuban Alvarez drawing interest: Dodgers, Nats, Jays, Cards and more "Top young Cuban righthander Yadier Alvarez is drawing interest from many major-league teams, including the Dodgers, Nationals, Blue Jays, Rangers, Phillies, Cardinals, Twins and Giants. Alvarez, who consistently registers 94-97 mph and recently hit 99, has petitioned MLB to be made eligible to..." March 28

  • Pablo Sandoval was irritated with Giants for harping on his weight

    Larry Brown Sports "Pablo Sandoval was an excellent player for the Giants during his seven seasons spent in San Francisco. He made two All-Star teams and helped lead them to three World Series titles. Despite his excellent regular seasons and postseason brilliance, the Giants always seemed to have an issue with..." March 26

  • Sandoval 'happy' to be away from Giants weight demands "Pablo Sandoval says he changed his phone number after joining the Boston Red Sox in free agency. New house, new friends, the reasoning went. What hasn't changed: his feelings about his former employer since declaring that manager Bruce Bochy and slugger Hunter Pence were the only San Francisco..." March 25

  • GM Brian Sabean says Giants not in the market for outfielder

    San Francisco Chronicle "How does that adage go? Come into a game and the ball will find you. It found Angel Pagan immediately Tuesday when he took the field for the first time in 10 days, in a Triple-A game in Scottsdale. The Cubs’ John Andreoli hit the game’s first pitch to center. Pagan glided a few steps and caught..." March 25

  • Cain progresses, but admits to lingering discomfort "Matt Cain's recovery from elbow surgery continued to progress Tuesday. However, he admitted that lingering discomfort occasionally gives him pause. Cain took another step toward rejoining the Giants' season-opening starting rotation by throwing 75 pitches over five innings in a Triple-A..." March 25

  • Mets feared elbow would scuttle offseason Wheeler trade

    New York Post "Teams such as the Giants would inquire about the availability of Zack Wheeler during the offseason, and the Mets would not even entertain discussions. The perception they gave to the industry was Wheeler was part of a group of protected players who were not going to be dealt. In reality, the..." March 22

  • Giants reopen discussion of using Brandon Belt in outfield

    San Jose Mercury News "When the spring began, Giants GM Brian Sabean made a declarative statement: Brandon Belt was a first baseman, period. But with Hunter Pence’s arm in a cast and Angel Pagan receiving back injections again, it might be time to change the punctuation. “I wouldn’t say period,” said Giants..." March 21

  • 7d
    John Shea @JohnSheaHey

    Bochy said Pagan had 2 injections, baseball activity Sunday and possible game Monday or Tuesday in perfect world. #SFGiants

  • 9d
    Alex Pavlovic @AlexPavlovic

    Lincecum threw bullpen session, scheduled to start Saturday. Hector fine after taking brutal foul tip. Bochy: "He got hit in the cajones."

  • 9d
    Alex Pavlovic @AlexPavlovic

    Bochy said he's "a little concerned" about Pagan. "I think we need to be. He had back surgery, now he's hit a bump in the road."

  • Giants, Red Sox have discussed Allen Craig trade

    Over The Monster "The Red Sox and Giants have discussed a trade that would send Allen Craig to San Francisco, but according to Peter Gammons, the Red Sox are "not interested in selling low," and the Giants may have called off their search: Allen Craig has been in a strange baseball limbo for about a year now...." March 18

  • Free agency taught Sergio Romo he 'didn't want to go anywhere'

    CSN Bay Area "Most pitchers, especially those as accomplished as Sergio Romo, wait their whole careers for a crack at free agency. Romo couldn’t wait for the process to be over. Romo knew he had to be patient with a Giants front office that put all other business on the back burner while chasing Pablo..." March 17

  • 13d
    John Shea @JohnSheaHey

    Lincecum (neck) said getting better and will play catch today for 2nd time in 3 days. No timetable for pitching in game. #sfgiants

  • Gregor Blanco on Pablo Sandoval: ‘I hope he regrets it and apologizes, especially to the fans’

    San Francisco Gate "When I first read Pablo Sandoval’s criticisms of the Giants, I thought of Gregor Blanco, who always had Sandoval’s back and supported him through good and bad. This morning, I asked Blanco about his old Giants teammate, among other things, and he took the high road and wished Sandoval well. He..." March 15

  • MLB approves external padding on pitchers' caps

    The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14

  • Sandoval: Who is Aubrey Huff? "While the Giants have been measured in their response to critical comments made by Pablo Sandoval explaining his decision to leave San Francisco and sign with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent this offseason, former teammate Aubrey Huff did not exercise similar restraint. And Sandoval fired back..." March 14

  • Lincecum taken out early due to sore neck

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants can’t keep their Tims healthy at the same time. On the day Tim Hudson returned to the field, Tim Lincecum was limited by a sore neck. Lincecum pitched just one inning out of the bullpen Wednesday, saying his neck “locked up” overnight. He tried to pitch through it but his mechanics..." March 12

  • Pablo Sandoval Defends Comments About Giants, Shows Love For Red Sox

    NESN "Pablo Sandoval isn’t piling on, but he’s also not backing down. Sandoval said in a recent Bleacher Report article his decision to leave the Giants was “not hard at all” because he felt disrespected by the way San Francisco approached the sides’ contract negotiations. The Red Sox third baseman..." March 11

  • 20d
    Alex Pavlovic @AlexPavlovic

    Hector Sanchez scratched from today's lineup with bruised thumb.

  • Sergio Romo cleared to pitch

    Hardball Talk "Giants reliever Sergio Romo threw a bullpen Saturday and has been cleared to pitch in the Cactus League, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports. Romo was dealing with shoulder soreness early in camp. " March 08

  • 20d
    Andrew Baggarly @extrabaggs

    Matt Cain to start Monday. Hudson will throw live BP one more time and could start Tuesday. Romo pleased w/pen session, cleared to pitch.

  • Giants sign Alfredo Aceves

    McCovey Chronicles "The Giants signed Alfredo Aceves. That's the story. It's a minor league deal, and the former Red Sox closer will mostly likely be in Sacramento as depth. The last time he was good, the Giants had just one lousy championship in San Francisco, so he's not likely to affect the major league roster...." March 08

  • 21d
    Henry Schulman @hankschulman

    Javier Lopez has not pitched because of mild biceps tendinitis. Said he's fine now. Bullpen today, then into games. #sfgiants

  • Cubs' Corey Black still emotional after hitting Hunter Pence

    USA Today "Chicago Cubs minor-league pitcher Corey Black, emotional a day later, still feels awful about the pitch heard 'round the Bay. It was Black's inside fastball that hit and broke San Francisco Giants All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence's left forearm Thursday during their game, sidelining him until..." March 07

  • 21d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    giants dont seem inclined to go for allen craig, unless price was oddly low. they expect pence back may 1 or thereabouts

  • Vogelsong opted for Giants after Astros decreased deal "Veteran right-hander Ryan Vogelsong's apparent deal with the Astros fell through after the team tried to lower its deal with him following his medical examination in Houston, sources familiar with the situation say. Vogelsong hasn't said specifically to this point what scuttled the original..." March 07

  • 22d
    Andrew Baggarly @extrabaggs

    Trying this again: #SFGiants make first cuts of spring, reassign pitchers Nik Turley, Clayton Blackburn and Ray Black.

  • 23d
    World Champs @SFGiants

    Pence non-displaced fracture in left forearm (Ulna bone). Expected out 6-8 weeks. #SFGiants

  • 23d
    Henry Schulman @hankschulman

    We'll get official word soon, but there seems to be some pessimism regarding Pence. #sfgiants

  • 23d
    Alex Pavlovic @AlexPavlovic

    Pence is going to get X-rays on hand that got hit by pitch.

  • 23d
    Alex Pavlovic @AlexPavlovic

    Hunter Pence got hit on the hand. Walked down to first base but trainer is making him come out of the game.

  • 23d
    Alex Pavlovic @AlexPavlovic

    Tim Hudson threw to hitters this morning. Cain did, too. Both getting close to pitching in Cactus League games.

  • Giants' Peavy, Cain ready to push each other

    San Jose Mercury News "The newness of being a Giant has worn off for Jake Peavy. He's accustomed to putting on the uniform, interacting with teammates and seeing Bruce Bochy in the dugout. But there's one thing he hasn't yet experienced. "Oh, it's going to be a lot of fun to be in the same rotation with Matt..." March 05

  • Giants’ Lincecum gets good early reviews at spring training

    San Francisco Chronicle "Tim Lincecum threw a fastball up, which is not his happy place, but got a huge swing and miss from Brandon Belt. “His fastball was deceptive,” Belt said. “It was getting on you quicker than you expected.” A lot of eyes will be focused on Lincecum in 2015 as he tries — again — to rediscover a..." March 01

  • 28d
    Henry Schulman @hankschulman

    Bochy said staff will "slow-play" Cain, not pitch him till the 10th-14th. Bochy insisted Cain is fine, still on track for opening week.

  • 28d
    Henry Schulman @hankschulman

    Bumgarner will start Cactus opener against A's Tuesday. #sfgiants

  • 28d
    Henry Schulman @hankschulman

    Pagan was supposed to stay off the field today but actually will face Petit in live BP. Said neck feels fine. #sfgiants

  • 29d
    Henry Schulman @hankschulman

    Bochy said Pagan's sore neck is much improved, but he's not working outside for second straight day. #sfgiants

  • 30d
    Alex Pavlovic @AlexPavlovic

    Sanchez on facing Bumgarner. "Unbelievable. I got lucky that we're on the same team."

  • Giants' Hudson 'pretty pleased' after first bullpen session

    CSN Bay Area "Eli Whiteside settled into a squat, put his glove out in front of his left knee, and caught a Tim Hudson fastball that was right on target. Whiteside, the new bullpen catcher, moved his glove to the other side of the plate, and Hudson painted another imaginary corner. That was the routine..." February 26

  • San Francisco — and all of California — will consider a smokeless tobacco ban that includes MLB parks

    Hardball Talk "There has been increasing sentiment around baseball that something should be done about the use of smokeless tobacco by ballplayers. At one point Bud Selig claimed he’d propose a ban on it across all of baseball. While that hasn’t happened, the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement did outlaw..." February 25

  • Giants' Angel Pagan is back and pain free

    San Jose Mercury News "Pain-free and pumped up to simply slip on a uniform again, Angel Pagan went through his first workout since September back surgery that knocked him out of the Giants' World Series run. Pagan said he feels "like never before" and confirmed manager Bruce Bochy's communication that the outfielder..." February 24

  • Romo unconcerned about sore shoulder "Giants reliever Sergio Romo believes the mild discomfort in his throwing shoulder soon will be just a memory. "I think I'll be throwing off a mound by sometime next week," Romo said Saturday. San Francisco's top right-handed setup man has been able to play catch on flat ground and perform..." February 22

  • 34d
    Andrew Baggarly @extrabaggs

    Bruce Bochy is back to work today, three days after his heart procedure. "I'm here, I'm ready."

  • Bruce Bochy's son says Giants manager 'doing great'

    San Jose Mercury News "Brett Bochy, son of manager Bruce Bochy, said Friday morning that his father is "doing well, doing great" after the Giants manager received two stents in his heart Thursday following the club's first spring training workout. Bochy spent the night in the hospital but was already looking to get..." February 21

  • Shields rebuffed bigger Giants offer weeks before landing in San Diego "While there's still no evidence James Shields received or rebuffed a rumored $110-million, five-year offer this winter, Shields did turn down an $80-million, four-year proposal from the Giants a few weeks before signing with the Padres for $75 million -- $5 million less than the Giants' bid --..." February 21

  • Bruce Bochy hospitalized; receives two heart stents

    San Jose Mercury News "Giants manager Bruce Bochy was hospitalized overnight Thursday but in good spirits after a procedure to insert two stents in his heart. Bochy responded to a get-well-soon text, saying he expected to be released on Friday and back with the team after a few more days. Bochy, who turns 60 in..." February 20

  • 37d
    Chris Haft/SF Giants @sfgiantsbeat

    Bochy admitted Hudson was behind in his preseason preparation due to R ankle surgery but said Vogelsong or Petit could step in

  • 38d
    Alex Pavlovic @AlexPavlovic

    Bochy said Lincecum is in rotation, Vogelsong and Petit in bullpen.

  • Former Giants, Red Sox and Cubs coach Wendell Kim dies at 64 "When he coached third base for the Chicago Cubs from 2003-04, Wendell Kim made a practice of making himself available to the media if he ever screwed up. One time, after the Cubs failed to score and later lost to the Cardinals after Kim unsuccessfully waved home a gimpy Aramis Ramirez, he told..." February 16