Giants Rumors & News

  • 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

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • Giants remove base coaches Kelly, Hayes from their positions

    San Francisco Chronicle "Giants third-base coach Roberto Kelly and first-base coach Bill Hayes will not return to their jobs in 2017, general manager Bobby Evans said Thursday. All other coaches will return. Speaking at a news conference at AT&T Park, Evans said the club is still discussing other positions in the..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Cubs stun Giants in 9th, advance to NLCS

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- It took an incredible rally to end an incredible streak. As a result, the Chicago Cubs' incredible season marches on. Javier Baez capped a four-run rally in the top of the ninth inning with a run-scoring single Tuesday night, lifting the Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the..." October 12

  • One year after rotation makeover, Giants should now turn focus to bullpen

    CBS Sports "The Giants were eliminated from the playoffs in a thriller on Tuesday night, so the even-year dynasty has at least temporarily come to a halt. The main culprit isn't too difficult to pin down. One offseason after shoring up their rotation, it's the bullpen that needs focus this time. The issue..." October 12

  • Here's why Cubs' Baez enjoyed his clutch hit a little more than you might think

    CBS Sports "A big part of the Cubs' longshot ninth-inning comeback against the Giants in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday (CHC 6, SF 5) was of course this clutch, go-ahead single by Javier Baez off Hunter Strickland ... As you may have noticed, Baez after ripping that Strickland fastball for a base knock..." October 12

  • Casilla in tears after not being called upon in NLDS loss

    San Jose Mercury News "There was very little crying in the Giants clubhouse Tuesday night despite the epic ninth inning meltdown. None, in fact, except for one man who had his face buried in his hands as he sat silently and wept at his locker. Santiago Casilla, the poster boy for the Giants’ bullpen failures in 2016,..." October 12

  • Panik stations: Giants top Cubs in 13 to stay alive

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- There is no panic in Joe Panik. Nor any of his San Francisco Giants teammates, for that matter. Facing elimination for the second time in four games this postseason, the Giants stayed alive Monday night when Panik's double off the right field fence scored Brandon..." October 11

  • Decision to use Aroldis Chapman early backfires on Cubs

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Cubs, beset by billy goats and Bartmans, appeared to have one major guard against late-innings absurdities this postseason: flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman, one of the better late-game bets in baseball. Chapman, however, is not a two-inning relief-type man. He’d had only one..." October 11

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Baez homer gives Cubs Game 1 victory vs. Giants

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO — Joe Maddon had a feeling the game might end up like this. Javier Baez clubbed a one-out homer in the eighth inning, supplying the Chicago Cubs' lone run in a 1-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night at Wrigley Field. The victory gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in..." October 08

  • Buster Posey takes dig at Javier Baez over watching home run

    Larry Brown Sports "San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey didn’t think much of the way Chicago’s Javier Baez reacted to his game-winning home run on Friday night. Baez hit a dramatic home run in the eighth inning of Game One of the NLDS, putting the Cubs ahead 1-0 over the Giants. The homer just barely made it..." October 08

  • Bumgarner's arm, Gillaspie's homer lift Giants past Mets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- As he stood near the third base coach's box in the ninth inning Wednesday night, Roberto Kelly implored the San Francisco Giants to score just one run to support yet another singular postseason performance by Madison Bumgarner. With the biggest swing of his life, Conor Gillaspie..." October 06

  • Giants-Mets NL Wild Card Game sets MLB ratings record

    Today's Knuckleball "Wednesday evening’s National League Wild Card Game between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets set a record for the highest-rated Major League Baseball game on ESPN in 16 years, according to ESPN director of communications Ben Cafardo. In fact, the matchup’s overnight rating of 5.8 is..." October 06

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Moore, Posey help Giants wrap up wild card

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- As the San Francisco Giants headed north in the standings and the Los Angeles Dodgers south in their three-game series that concluded Sunday, only one thing was important to both teams. They're both headed east for the playoffs. Left-hander Matt Moore pitched eight..." October 02

  • Giants maintain spot in wild-card race with 9-3 win

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner celebrated his 100th career win in his favorite way Friday night -- by taking delight in his own hitting prowess. Bumgarner had a two-run double and Brandon Belt a three-run homer in a seven-run sixth inning Friday night, helping the San Francisco Giants..." October 01

  • San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan body slams field invader

    Fox Sports "During the opening game of the crucial series between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, there was a brief stoppage of play. No, it wasn't a rain delay, a video review, or tribute to a specific player -- rather: a field invader!" October 01

  • Cueto guides Giants to crucial win over Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- National League All-Star Game starter Johnny Cueto returned from a groin injury to pitch seven strong innings Thursday night, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 7-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. The win allowed the Giants (84-75) to remain one game ahead of the St...." September 30

  • Chatwood, Rockies hurt Giants' playoff chances

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- On a night when his opponent was at his best, Tyler Chatwood was even better Wednesday night. That was not really a surprise, being that the Colorado Rockies right-hander was on the road. Chatwood continued his brilliant pitching away from Coors Field, limiting the San..." September 29

  • Giants pile on Rockies, keep pace in wild-card race

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- After the San Francisco Giants exploded for 19 hits Tuesday night, their highest total at home all season, first baseman Brandon Belt was asked if the offensive momentum might carry over to the Wednesday game. His response: Why stop there? "You've heard a lot that..." September 28

  • Giants designate Matt Reynolds for assignment

    Today's Knuckleball "The Giants made a host of moves Tuesday as their regular season’s final season’s final week commences. The most notable came when the team designated pitcher Matt Reynolds for assignment. San Francisco traded for Gordon Beckham earlier today, a move manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged today, and..." September 28

  • Giants Nearing Deal To Acquire Gordon Beckham

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants are “very close” to striking a deal to acquire infielder Gordon Beckham from the Braves, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on Twitter. Presumably, the move would be made to help cover for Eduardo Nunez, who is dealing with a hamstring issue. It’s obviously rare to..." September 27

  • Braves trade Beckham to Giants for cash

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It’s not often that a player gets traded in the final week of the season, but it happened Tuesday when the Braves traded backup infielder Gordon Beckham to the Giants for cash considerations. Beckham, 30, will provide some depth in the remaining regular-season games for the Giants after Eduardo..." September 27

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Giants, eliminated from division race, fall to Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers' RBI single in the seventh inning lifted the San Diego Padres past the San Francisco Giants 4-3 Sunday afternoon. But he's not the story and that's straight from Myers. "The play of the game was that triple by Manuel Margot," Myers said. The Giants were..." September 25

  • Bumgarner breaks 118-year-old Giants strikeout record

    Sporting News "In his last start, Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 batters, giving him 241 strikeouts on the season, breaking a 118-year-old Giants franchise record for the most strikeouts in a season by a left-handed pitcher. The record was previously set in 1898 by Cy Seymour. Seymour struck out 239 that..." September 25

  • Jackson, Myers lead Padres past Giants

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- The Padres haven't spoiled anything when it comes to the Los Angeles Dodgers. But they are making life miserable for the National League West's other playoff contender -- the San Francisco Giants. Right-hander Edwin Jackson (5-6) held the Giants to two runs over six..." September 24

  • Giants' Brandon Crawford: Doubtful for Saturday

    CBS Sports "Crawford (finger) is considered doubtful for Saturday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports." September 24

  • Samardzija, Giants shut down Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Jeff Samardzija was keen from the get-go, and Sergio Romo was good enough on shut-down. The pair helped the San Francisco Giants, who scored twice in the eighth inning, beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Thursday night. San Francisco (81-72) kept pace with the New York Mets..." September 23

  • Puig, Dodgers demolish Giants

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Matt Moore said he never felt better before a game. However, those good vibes didn't transfer to the mound Wednesday. Yasiel Puig smacked a three-run home run in the first inning to spark an early surge, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pounded Moore and the San Francisco Giants..." September 22

  • Giants blank Dodgers but lose Crawford, Cueto

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Even when the San Francisco Giants win these days, bad news comes with it. Solo homers by Eduardo Nunez in the fifth inning and Brandon Belt in the ninth held up for San Francisco in a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. Though..." September 21

  • Why the San Francisco Giants are on the verge of a historical collapse

    Fox Sports "It’s not supposed to be this hard for the Giants in an even-numbered year. However, San Francisco is holding on for its postseason life with 11 games remaining on its schedule. Winners of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series, the Giants are in danger of making some dubious history. Their 57..." September 21

  • Jeff Samardzija throws some major shade Tim Tebow’s way

    Sportsnaut "As a Major League pitcher and former All-American receiver at Notre Dame, Jeff Samardzija can certainly be labeled a two-sport athlete. That makes him a natural person to ask about former NFL player Tim Tebow and his quest to play in Major League Baseball. Samardzija was asked such a question..." September 21

  • Dodgers mock Madison Bumgarner with 'Don't Look at Me' shirts

    Sporting News "The Dodgers won't soon let Madison Bumgarner and the Giants forget about Monday's benches-clearing scuffle with Yasiel Puig. Dodgers players Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen all donned "#DONTLOOKATME" T-shirts and covered their eyes prior to Tuesday's game, an ode to Bumgarner's..." September 21

  • Giants' Brandon Crawford Exits Early With Dislocated Pinky

    NBC Bay Area "Brandon Crawford, as indispensable as any Giant, was pulled between innings Tuesday night after dislocating his left pinky finger. Crawford tried to go first-to-third on a single to left in the second inning and he was thrown out by Andrew Toles. Crawford went hard into third base with both..." September 21

  • Giants RHP Johnny Cueto suffers groin injury

    Today's Knuckleball "The San Francisco Giants’ hopes for a postseason berth may have taken another hit Tuesday as right-hander Johnny Cueto left his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers with strained left groin. Cueto scattered eight hits over five scoreless innings and struck out the first batter he faced in the..." September 21

  • Dodgers shock Giants with two runs in ninth

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Another meltdown by the San Francisco Giants' bullpen pushed the Los Angeles Dodgers closer to another National League West title. Adrian Gonzalez hit a walk-off double in the ninth inning, capping a two-run rally that gave the Dodgers a stunning 2-1 win over the Giants on..." September 20

  • Madison Bumgarner sets Giants single-season LHP strikeout mark

    Today's Knuckleball "San Francisco Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner broke the franchise record for strikeouts by a southpaw in a single season on Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The previous record of 237 strikeouts was set all the way back in 1911 when the team was located in New York by Hall of Fame LHP..." September 20

  • Master lip-reader Vin Scully narrated the Giants-Dodgers brawl

    CBS Sports "Monday night, before the Dodgers walked off with a win over the Giants (LA 2, SF 1), the two teams got into a bit of a kerfuffle in the seventh inning. Benches cleared, although no punches were thrown. The brawl started apparently because Madison Bumgarner didn't like the way Yasiel Puig looked..." September 20

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