Hardball Talk "Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that the Giants and Red Sox are still “in the picture” for free agent starter James Shields, adding that the Yankees are another possible suitor. According to Cafardo’s source, Shields is expected to fetch five years and around $110 million. It was..." December 22
Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21
San Francisco Chronicle "The mound at AT&T Park is going to remain a very loud place every fifth day. Jake Peavy and his unbounded energy will be back for 2015 and 2016. The Giants reached agreement Friday with the free-agent right-hander on a two-year, $24 million contract, once again sticking with a player who helped..." December 21
Sabean said Giants have not talked to Scherzer, don't plan to talk to him.
Hardball Talk "The Hot Stove sleeps for no one. Not even you California people who won’t read this until it has been up for three hours. And you are the ones who will care about the most as it concerns your Giants who, Ken Rosenthal reports, have signed Jake Peavy to a two-year, $24 million deal. Jerry..." December 19
Larry Brown Sports "Troubled former MLB pitcher Brad Halsey was found dead at the base of a cliff on Halloween, and people are still unsure whether his death was suicide or accidental. One thing we know for certain is that Halsey had multiple issues with drugs and likely had mental problems. USA Today’s Josh Peter..." December 18
Sources: #SFGiants close to re-signing Romo.
Hardball Talk "After testing the open market as a free agent Sergio Romo has re-signed with the Giants for two years and $15 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Romo lost the closer job this year and his overall numbers slipped, but he finished the season by allowing just two runs in his..." December 17
giants, a's, mets, cards, twins among teams to show interest in asdrubal cabrera, who could play 3b or 2b as well as ss
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
MLB.com "The Giants might have to engineer a trade to obtain a third baseman, since the supply of capable free agents at that position dwindled sharply Monday. Chase Headley, considered the top third baseman remaining on the open market, agreed to a reported four-year, $52 million deal with the Yankees...." December 16
MLB Trade Rumors "As the Marlins continue to look for upgrades at first base, the team is considering free agent Michael Morse and trade target Justin Morneau of the Rockies, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports on Twitter. Miami is looking for a left-handed bat, but Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates does not seem like a..." December 11
San Francisco Gate "Barry Zito’s comeback process continues. His long-time agent, Scott Boras, said the pitcher will throw for teams in January with the hope of pitching in the 2015 season. “He’s been working hard on his mechanics,” Boras said. “He doesn’t cup the ball anymore. His drive to home plate is a..." December 11
Source confirms Jon Lester is signing with #Cubs and getting a six-year, $155 million deal.
CSN Chicago "The Cubs have agreed to terms with one of the biggest free agents on the market. Jon Lester has picked the Cubs over the other finalist - the Boston Red Sox - in a move that signals the Cubs are now taking the next step in the rebuilding of the franchise. When the Cubs open the 2015 season..." December 10
USA Today "The San Francisco Giants are making it no secret how badly they want Jon Lester, but as the wait continues, the defending World Series champions have another trick up their sleeve. If you can't beat them with pitching, how about out-slugging everyone? The Giants are in trade talks with the..." December 10
Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10
Bobby Evans: "we did not receive a rose" and Giants eliminated from race for Lester.
Fox Sports "Jon Lester might not take the most money. Free agents frequently say such things, talking about comfort, happiness, etc. But Lester has similar offers from the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers and Red Sox, according to major-league sources. The question, in the end, will boil down to which team he..." December 09
Lester talks nearing the finish line, sources say. Choice will be made no earlier than tonight, no later than tomorrow.
SI.com "San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner had a performance for the ages in the 2014 postseason, earning him this year's SI Sportsman of the Year Award. The 25-year-old lefthander threw a record 52 2/3 innings in the playoffs and gave up just six earned runs for an absurd 1.03 ERA. He..." December 08
Reportedly, third baseman Chase Headley has an offer for $65 million over four years. Sources: the Giants are not on him at that level.
Sources: #SFGiants turning aggressive on Headley. Unclear how this relates to pursuit of Lester, if at all. Solid interest in Headley.
CSN Bay Area "The Miami Marlins have 'had some dialogue' with Jake Peavy's camp, according to an ESPN report. Peavy, 33, was traded from the Red Sox to the Giants in July prior to San Francisco's World Series run. The right-hander went 7-13 with a 3.73 ERA in the 2014 season, but won six of those games..." December 05
Giants sign Travis Ishikawa to one-year, $1.1 million contract, said his agent, Jim McDowell. Ishikawa thus avoids salary arbitration.
Would #SFGiants be open to Melky reunion?Source says they expressed interest, despite Melky’s 2013 PED suspension when he was with team.
CBSSports.com "With all the excitement and hubbub over the Dodgers' late entry into the Jon Lester sweepstakes, folks should not forget that the Giants also represent a formidable West Coast option for Lester. Lester has at least four excellent alternatives, in fact, with the Cubs and his longtime Red Sox..." December 04
CBSSports.com "The Dodgers have expressed interest in both top free-agent starters Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, and it appears they may make a late try for Lester, who's expected to make a decision among four or so teams within a week or so. WEEI radio station in Boston first suggested that, in fact, the..." December 04
The #Orioles are showing strong interest in free-agent outfielder Michael Morse, who could replace Nelson Cruz..
CBSSports.com "Veteran outfielder Nick Markakis, who seemed for a while to be a pretty good bet to return to the Orioles, is listening to outside offers now and said to have interest from the Braves, Blue Jays and Giants, among others. Atlanta is an interesting entry since Markakis grew up in Woodstock, Ga.,..." December 02
if astros dont get robertson, they may turn to sergio romo
The Giants are meeting with Jon Lester today.
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)."