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SF Giants Rumors: Counter Move To Lopez Signing and Check Out The Team That Almost Signed Lopez

Posted on November 27th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
JavierLopezGiants​The deal is finally official… The San Francisco Giants have officially signed reliever Javier Lopez to a three year deal, worth $13 million. In a counter move, the Giants waived reliever Jose Mijares to make room on the 40-man roster for Lopez. Mijares has cleared waivers and has elected free agency.​
 
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle says Lopez gave serious thought about accepting an offer from the Washington Nationals. Lopez was born and raised near Washington.
 
“I was getting a lot of influence from family and friends to get back to the D.C. area so it would be easier for them to see me,” Lopez said. “Obviously it was something that was talked about and discussed, not only with my family but friends in the area and my agent as well, to gauge if that was the place for me to play.”
 
“I always wanted to play for my hometown team. This was the closest I ever got, but I want to finish as a Giant and I felt this was a better place for me at this time,” said Lopez.
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Roster Update, Lopez Signing, Bill Mueller and Giants on the HOF Ballot

Posted on November 26th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Barry-Bonds-Hands-UpThe San Francisco Giants have added Gary BrownKendry FloresAdam Duvall and Hunter Strickland to the 40-man roster. They’ve also DFA’d pitcher Guillermo Moscoso.
 
Reliever Javier Lopez has agreed to a three year contract with the Giants worth $13 million. The deal is pending a physical which will take place today.​
 
Ex-Giant third baseman Bill Mueller has been hired by the Chicago Cubs as their hitting coach. Mueller hit .288 in six seasons with the Giants and finished his career with a .291 average and also winning the batting title (.326) in 2003 for the Boston Red Sox.
 
The Hall of Fame Ballot has been released and there are six ex-Giants that have a chance for baseball immorality. Some I’m sure you loved, and others maybe not so much. Although I’m sure you loved them all because you would root hard for anyone that wears the Orange and Black right? Below are the ex-Giants on the ballot.
 
Moises Alou
Armando Benitez
Barry Bonds
Ray Durham
Jeff Kent
J.T. Snow
 
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~Steven Robles
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Javier Lopez, Bronson Arroyo, and Ryan Garko

Posted on November 20th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Picture courtesy of Marko Realmonte

Picture courtesy of Marko Realmonte

Word on the street since yesterday is that the San Francisco Giants are close to locking in reliever Javier Lopez. Steve Berman of BayAreaSportsGuy.com says a source tells him that the deal is for three years, $13 million. I’m all in for this deal. Three years and only $13 million total to trot out the best lefty specialist in the game (in my humble opinion)! Let’s hope they lock him in ASAP before someone else jumps in and try’s to raise the price tag.

 
Radio station 95.7 The Game sent out a tweet about their interview with free agent starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo. The station says Arroyo’s very interested in pitching for the Giants at AT&T Park.
 
For those of you that missed the news a while back, former Giants player Ryan Garko is now an assistant baseball coach at Stanford University, says Andrew Baggaryl of CSNBayArea.com (via Twitter).
 
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~Steven Robles
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Josh Johnson, Tim Hudson, Ryan Vogelsong, Bronson Arroyo, Javier Lopez, Corey Hart and Masahiro Tanaka

Posted on November 19th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Javier Lopez - Photo by Marko Realmonte (GiantsInTheYard.com)

Javier Lopez – Photo by Marko Realmonte (GiantsInTheYard.com)

Yesterday Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle said (via Twitter) sources tell him that free agent starting pitcher Josh Johnson let the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres know early on they were his first choice because of both teams being close to his home in Las Vegas. Word on the street is Johnson has narrowed his choices down to three or four National League teams.

 
With the Giants inking Tim Hudson to a two year deal, Johnson might be headed to the Padres. However, the Giants are still looking to fill a void at the fifth spot in the rotation. Only time will tell if that spot will be held down by Ryan Vogelsong, Johnson or another starting pitcher.
 
Giants VP and Assistant GM Bobby Evans went on the Jim Bowden radio show. Evans said (via Twitter) the Giants remain interested in Bronson Arroyo. During the interview, Evans also says the Giants and Javier Lopez have agreed on a base salary and years. They’re now working on the other parts of the deal and there is nothing in writing as of yet (Twitter links).
 
Schulman pointed out last week that the Giants had some interest in Corey Hart. Now Schulman says (via Twitter) Hart is more of a question than an answer. Hart also hasn’t even been cleared for baseball yet. He’s expecting to be cleared on December 3rd when he visits the doctor.
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says (via Twitter) in a nutshell; it’s Vogelsong or another starting pitcher for the fifth spot in the rotation. The Giants are also out on Masahiro Tanaka, and a new everyday left fielder is doubtful.
 
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~Steven Robles
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Welcome Back To The Bay Area Tim Hudson, Jacoby Ellsbury, Pablo Sandoval

Posted on November 18th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
TimHudsonThe news broke today that the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a two-year deal with starting pitcher Tim Hudson. The two-year deal is worth $23 million. Hudson made $9 million last year for the Atlanta Braves, and they did not give Hudson a qualifying offer. They did want to bring Hudson back for 2014, but they didn’t want to even offer him what he made in 2013. They put a deal on the table for less money (less than $9 million). The aggressive Giants then swooped in to snatch Hudson with the two-year, $23 million deal. The 38 year old Hudson is coming off an ankle injury, but is expected to be healthy and ready to go for the 2014 season.
 
Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that the Giants have some interest in Jacoby Ellsbury, but it still remains to be seen if the Giants or other interested teams will offer a $20 million salary over five to six years.
 
Cafardo also points out that Pablo Sandoval is available in a trade, but buyer should be aware of his weight issues. Sandoval can play first or third and there could be a market for him at either position. This offseason Sandoval isn’t working out in Arizona under the teams’ supervision. He’s working out in Venezuela, but appears to be taking his conditioning very serious. Sandoval’s brother has been posting pictures of Sandoval putting in work.
 
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~Steven Robles
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Brian Wilson, Ryan Vogelsong, Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Jason Hammel and Fred Lewis

Posted on November 15th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
WilsonClubhouseIt’s been reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter) that the San Francisco Giants are one of the teams interested in Brian Wilson. I’m sure the Giants do have some interest and aren’t ruling out anyone at this point. However, Wilson is looking for a closer role. With Sergio Romo currently holding the closing job here in San Francisco, I can’t see a Wilson return as a setup man. Maybe the Giants interest is just to drive up the price for other clubs. We might never know their true level of interest.
 
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports (via Twitter) that the Giants are continuing a dialog with Ryan Vogelsong‘s agent. In another Schulman tweet, he says the Giants have talked to Josh Johnson‘s agent only “in passing”. Schulman also says (Twitter Links) the Giants also chatted with Ricky Nolasco‘s agent ‘in passing” as well. However, he says the Giants aren’t interested because Nolasco seeks a four year contract.
 
Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com (via Twitter) says sources have told him that the Giants have requested medical records for free agent starting pitcher Jason Hammel. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com throws out a followup tweet, saying don’t go nuts every time the Giants “express interest” or “ask for medicals” on a player. They cast a wide net.
 
Ex-Giants outfielder Fred Lewis tells SF Giants Rumors that he’s not sure if he’s returning to Japan for another season, but he does hope to stay in the states.
 
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Why The Giants Should Not Be Concerned with Masahiro Tanaka

Posted on November 13th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors

Masahiro Tanaka is the headliner at this year’s Free Agent pitcher concert. He’s easily grabbing the most attention and will undoubtedly grab the biggest contract. A lot of teams, including the San Francisco Giants, have expressed interest in the Japanese hurler, although as of today, it looks like those teams have been narrowed down to the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Chicago Cubs (which one of these is not like the other?).

 

MasahiroTanakaAnd you know what? That’s fine. The Giants shouldn’t have their name anywhere near Tanaka’s. Sure, it’s public knowledge that the Giants want to add to and strengthen their rotation, but Tanaka is not the answer. And there are three main reasons why.

 

The posting fee for Tanaka is WAY too expensive.

 

Tanaka is expected to cost a posting fee at least equal to that of Yu Darvish - $51.7 million – and early reports were throwing around numbers between $75 and $100.

 

It’s true that the posting system previously in place has recently been cancelled and MLB is in talks with Japan for a new system, which could change this entirely in the next few weeks.

 

For now though, Tanaka is just too expensive, and that kind of money is something the Giants don’t need to commit to right now. Especially because…

 

The Giants have a talented crop of young pitchers just one year away from the bigs.

 

Assuming that all goes according to plan, or at least relatively close to plan, the Giants have righty Kyle Crick (#1 Giants prospect, #34*), lefty Clayton Blackburn (#2, #86), lefty Michael Kickham (#4) and Chris Stratton (#5) all (ideally) ready to go in 2015.

 

Sure, that means 2014 needs some help, but that is why the Giants have reportedly been focusing on some vets with low risk for low-paying contracts. Bronson Arroyo or Tim Hudson for two years is a perfect bridge into the new pitching SF Giants pitching rotation, providing stability and experience for the rising crop of arms.

 

That money is better spent on a power-hitting left fielder.

 

It’s not looking right now like the Giants will be able to pick up a big bat from this year’s Free Agent market, but that doesn’t mean they should be actively looking for an opportunity to trade. And in that situation, extra cash on hand could make or break a deal.

 

Given the perception that AT&T Park is where bats go to die, it’s been commonly accepted that the Giants will have to over-pay a big hitter to bring his lumber to the city by the bay. So start saving, Sabes.

 

Of course, the Giants may have many other reasons for wanting to or not wanting to pursue Tanaka. Recently it has become more and more clear that no, they won’t be making a push, and I believe that is the right choice.

 

Saving some money for a mid-season pick-up and bringing in experienced pitchers to help foster a new generation of arms is a great move, even if it means 2014 is another average season of middling play with no playoff appearances.

 

Just hold fast, fellow fans. Let Tanaka go to a team willing to spend $50 million just to sign another $75 million contract. The future is coming, and in 2015, it looks like Madison BumgarnerMatt Cain, Crick, Blackburn and Stratton.

 

*rankings are a combination of MLB’s 2013 Preseason rankings and Bleacher Report’s End of Season 2013 rankings

 

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~Robert Barsanti

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SF Giants Rumors: Posey, McCann, Pagan, Ellsbury, Span, Vogelsong, Hudson, Haren, Sandoval, Lopez and Arroyo

Posted on November 12th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Credit: Steven Robles - SF Giants Rumors

Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says the San Francisco Giants are focused on keeping Buster Posey behind the plate, so catcher Brian McCann isn’t a realistic option for the G-men. However, they could be kicking the tires on moving Angel Pagan to left field, and possibly make a run at free agent Jacoby Ellsbury, or trade possibilities. Denard Span could be one of their options via trade.

 
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle said the Giants are looking for two starters to round out the rotation, and secondary a left fielder. The Giants don’t plan on going after a player that has a qualifying offer; however that could change in time.
 
“We’re not going to be interested in giving up our first-round draft pick, so anybody with a qualifying offer with first-round draft pick compensation attached to that, we’re probably not going to be in on,” said GB Brian Sabean.
 
 Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that free agent starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong has received interest from multiple teams, and he’s prepared to bolt out of town if or when a club makes an acceptable offer. Haft also points out that the Giants should negotiate more seriously with Vogelsong if they truly want to keep him.
 
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says (via Twitter) the he’s been told that the Giants are serious about signing Tim Hudson or Dan Haren type to short deals (two years) with a higher annual salary.
 
In another Schulman article, he points out that the two issues with signing Hudson are now non-issues. Hudson is willing to move to the west coast to pitch for the right team, and the Atlanta Braves gave a low offer to Hudson (lower than the $9 million he received in 2013) that he’s not inclined to accept.
 
The Giants are receiving a lot of calls for Pablo Sandoval, but they don’t want to lose his power bat in the lineup and they don’t have any player ready to fill in at third base.
 
Reliever Javier Lopez is drawing interest from other clubs and is in no hurry to sign. He’s keeping contact with the Giants, and it sounds like he’ll give the Giants a chance to make the last offer before he decides to sign with another team.
 
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports that the Giants are among the teams that are considering Bronson Arroyo. However, they’d prefer to strike a quick two-year deal for a number four starter.
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Tim Hudson, Dan Haren, Bronson Arroyo, Masahiro Tanaka, Javier Lopez, Gregor Blanco, Etc.

Posted on November 8th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Picture courtesy of Marko Realmonte

Picture courtesy of Marko Realmonte

It was reported by David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (via Twitter) that the San Francisco Giants are one of the teams that have contacted pitcher Tim Hudson. Hudson will turn 39 in July and made $9 million in 2013. The Atlanta Braves did not give Hudson a qualifying offer, so any team that signs him will not have to give up their first round draft pick. It is reported that the Braves have made Hudson a one year; $8 million offer to return in 2014. I’m not sure if the Giants will want to offer Hudson $9 million or even a second year to entice him to come back to the West Coast. I believe Hudson will filter his offers, and end up back with the Braves on a one year deal.

 
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms (via Twitter) that Hudson, Dan Haren and Bronson Arroyo are on a larger list of starters (could be a dozen) that the Giants are kicking the tires on.
 
Schulman (via Twitter) doesn’t know if the Giants will bid for Masahiro Tanaka, whose posting is delayed by negotiations for a new agreement between the MLB and Japan Leagues. Tons of Giants fans that we’ve been hearing from would love to see the Giants sign Tanaka.
 
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports (via Twitter) that sources have told him Ervin Santana is seeking $100 million and Ricky Nolasco is seeking $80 million, both for five-year deals. I would have to imagine that the Giants wouldn’t be willing to give that many years or pay that kind of money for either of those players.
 
Side Notes
 
Reliever Javier Lopez is drawing a lot of interest on the free agent market, but Lopez is still hoping for a return to the Giants says Chris Haft of MLB.com.
 
“I’m continuing to talk to the Giants,” said Barry Meister, Lopez’s agent.
 
Outfielder Gregor Blanco was awarded the Wilson award. It’s given to the top defensive player for each organization.
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Free Agency Has Begun, Latest On Vogelsong, Etc.

Posted on November 5th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Photo Courtesy of Jesse Montellano

Photo Courtesy of Jesse Montellano

Today the free agent market has officially begun. Players are now free to explore all of their options and see which teams are drooling over them, or see if any team even has any interest. Some players will be getting huge paydays, and others will be kicked in the stomach with reality that their time in the MLB could be hanging by a thread by accepting minor league deals with a spring training invite.

 
The San Francisco Giants have already locked in outfielder Hunter Pence with a big deal (5-years, $90 million), and who knows what he would have got if he tested the free agent market. Pence had no desire to explore his options, and made it very clear that he wanted to stay in San Francisco. Tim Lincecum also decided to take the Giants up on their two-year deal ($35 million, with full no trade clause) to continue his career with the Giants.
 
Yesterday, the Giants declined Ryan Vogelsong‘s $6.5 million option, and he’s now getting paid a $300K buyout. Vogelsong is now going to test the free agent market and see if he gets any bites that he can’t pass up on, and the Giants will see if their paths cross or if they decide to move on with another free agent pitcher.
 
“Was a long month waiting on news about our future. Hard to fathom Ry anywhere else. Thanks for the immense love, best 3 years of our lives,” says Nicole Vogelsong via Twitter.
 
That sounds like she doesn’t think Vogelsong will be back with the Giants.
 
The Giants will not be in play for any starting pitchers that were given qualifying offers. This is because if the Giants were to sign one of them (Ubaldo JimenezErvin Santana and Hiroki Kuroda) the team would be giving up their first round draft pick. Every other starting pitcher in the free agent market is open game for the Giants.
 
2013 Giants Now Free Agents
 
Andres Torres
Barry Zito
Chad Gaudin
Javier Lopez
Ryan Vogelsong
 
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