SF Giants Rumors: Morse, Belt, Mulder, Carignan, Ishikawa, Etc.

Posted on December 18th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
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With the Michael Morse deal now official our left field position is set, and we all know he can play some first base as well. Manager Bruce Bochy has went on record saying Brandon Belt is the first baseman, and also his number three hitter in the lineup. However, he could envision Belt/Morse swapping positions if Morse legs are sore says Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).

 
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com (via Twitter) says he was told that Morse will make $6 million with another $3 million possible in incentives based on plate appearances. If Morse can get back to his 2011 form (.303, 31 homers and 95 RBI), this deal will definitely be worth the $9 million (added incentives).
 
For those of you fans that were hoping for another big splash this offseason, it’s not going to happen. Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News chimes in on the Giants budget (via Twitter), and reports that GM Brian Sabean said the Morse deal “puts us up against our number.”
 
In another Pavlovic tweet, he says the Giants checked in on pitcher Mark Mulder, but Mulder’s looking for a more than they could offer. He’s looking for a major league contract. I’m not sure Mulder’s going to get that anywhere since he’s been out of the game for a bit (last game was in 2008). However, I do wish him luck with his comeback!
 
Since we’re on former Oakland Athletics that are linked to the Giants, pitcher Andrew Carignan has tweeted that he’s coming back to the bay area and it’s not with the Athletics. He’s excited for his opportunity with the Giants, so it sounds like he’s signed a deal with the Giants. I’m not sure on the specifics as of yet…
 
Ex-Giant Travis Ishikawa has signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is Ishikawa’s fifth team since the Giants says John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).
 
The San Jose Giants have extended their lease through the 2018 season to continue to play at Municipal Stadium. Nice to know we can still continue to go check out our farm system and top prospects as they make their way through San Jose.
 
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~Steven Robles
 
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More Insights On Outfielder Michael Morse

Posted on December 16th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
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As I’m sure you’ve heard, the San Francisco Giants signed outfielder Michael Morse to a one year, $6 million contract on Thursday. He was signed to man left field and most likely play every day if he’s healthy. The 31 year old is entering his tenth year as a major leaguer and is known for his serious power. Given the Giants lack of power, Morse could provide a boost to the Giants’ lineup. 

 
Although Morse has home run power, there are some concerns about Morse that raise some red flags. One thing is his injury history. He only played 88 games in 2013 due to a strained right quad and a fractured finger. He has only played one full season in the majors and that was 2011 when he played 146 games with the Washington Nationals. 2011 was the best year he has had in the major leagues. He had a slash line of .303/.360/.550 while hitting 31 home runs and compiling 95 RBIs. The more detailed stats also show just how good a year he had offensively. He had a 148 wRC+ and a .390 wOBA. His defense leaves a lot to be desired and his baserunning is not his strong suit either, having stolen only six bases in his career and being caught six times. Morse had a poor 2013 while playing for the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles and hit .215/.270/.381, which obviously leaves a lot to be desired. The Giants signed Morse to replace 29 year old weak-hitting outfielder Gregor Blanco. Blanco is pretty much the opposite of Morse. Blanco is fast, plays excellent defense, and has very little power. He has 66 stolen bases in his short career and 40 of them coming in the last two years with the Giants. The Giants acquired Blanco in 2012 and he has been the starting left fielder the previous two seasons. In 2013 Blanco had a slash line of .265/.341/.350. His OBP is solid, but that slugging percentage is woeful. Blanco compiled a respectable 2.8 fWAR last year and a 2.3 fWAR the year before. Morse had a 3.1 fWAR in his most productive year, 2011. To make a long story short, Morse needs to return to his 2011 form to be worth replacing Blanco as the Giants left fielder.
 
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~Randy Boyles
 
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​SF Giants Rumors: Michael Morse Is Your Newest Giant​

Posted on December 12th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
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While most of us on the West Coast were trying to talk ourselves into getting out of our warm comfy beds since it was a cold morning in the bay area; the San Francisco Giants were busy agreeing to terms with outfielder Michael Morse to fill their hole in left field. Word on the street is it’s a one-year deal ($5 million with incentives). This means outfielder Gregor Blanco is now the fourth outfielder. This isn’t a platoon position anymore. With that said, Blanco will still be used as a late inning defensive replacement if the Giants have a lead.

 
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says the Giants had to pledge Morse an everyday role to sign him. Morse had other teams interested and had a higher offer on the table from the Houston Astros, so I’m sure he wasn’t interested in a platoon role. 
 
“Big, big thunder,” An AL scout texted me shortly after the deal was announced. “Between he and Pence, (batting practice) will be an electric show.”
 
Morse will likely be in the five or six spot in the Giants batting order to start the season. After that, it all depends on how he’s swinging the bat. In 2011, Morse hit 31 homers with a .303 average, while driving in 95 runs for the Washington Nationals. In five career games at AT&T Park, Morse is hitting .316 with 1 homer and 4 RBI. Now tell me your thoughts on Morse as the Giants new left fielder in 2014?
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Price, De Aza, Trumbo, Sandoval, Gaudin, Zito and Morales

Posted on December 11th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
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Buster Olney of ESPN.com says (via Twitter) the San Francisco Giants did check in on the David Price sweepstakes, but they haven’t discussed any possible trade scenarios with the Tampa Bay Rays as of yet.

 
The Giants have checked in with the Chicago White Sox about outfielder Alejandro De Aza says John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter). De Aza could be moved since the White Sox acquired outfielder Adam Eaton.
 
In another Shea tweet, Shea said when the Giants called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim about Mark Trumbo, the Angels wanted major league ready starting pitchers, and the Giants don’t have a surplus of starting arms.
 
Pictures on Instagram and Twitter keep surfacing of a thinner Pablo Sandoval. He’s been doing a lot of conditioning this offseason. Chris Haft of MLB.com reports (via Twitter) that GM Brian Sabean said he’d consider a springtime contract extension for Sandoval if he reports to spring training in shape.
 
Long man/spot starter Chad Gaudin isn’t likely to return to the Giants tweets John Shea.
 
Agent Scott Boras says Barry Zito wants to pitch in 2014, and he won’t look for a team till after January 1st. Boras also tells Shea that the Giants need a bat to keep up with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He suggested moving Brandon Belt to left field. Shea says that’s because Boras is selling Kendrys Morales as a possible first baseman (Twitter links).
 
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~Steven Robles
 
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San Francisco Giants Left Field Situation

Posted on December 11th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
BrianSabeanAs we’re in the midst of the Winter Meetings, the San Francisco Giants will look to fill the gaping hole they have in left field.
 
With a weak free agent class and the lack of depth within the Giants minor league system, Brian Sabean will need to be creative if he wants to fill the Giants weakest position. I see the Giants looking for a veteran power hitter who can add some pop to the middle of the lineup, not break the bank and not cost the Giants one of their top prospects.
 
One player who fits the criteria is Josh Willingham of the Minnesota Twins. Though Willingham had an off year in 2013 for the Twins, he hit 35 home runs and had 110 RBI’s in 2012. He has a history as a good power hitter with a better than average on base percentage. Willingham is not a great defensive player but the Giants will not be able to find a player who can both hit for power and play good defense without parting ways with a top prospect or an everyday player. The Twins are rebuilding and may let Willingham go for cheap (Joe Panik?) with the Giants taking over his 7 million dollars a year salary.
 
If the Giants want a top level outfielder like a Matt Kemp or Giancarlo Stanton, they’ll have to offer one of their top prospects (Kyle Crick for example) and I don’t see Sabean doing this after losing Zack Wheeler to the New York Mets in the Carlos Beltran deal. Either way, if the Giants want to keep up with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sabean will need to add a left fielder who can fit in with Bruce Bochy‘s managerial style. Giants fans, knowing that the Giants most likely will not trade a top prospect or over pay for a free agent, who do you think they should trade for or sign as a free agent to play left field?
 
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~Angel Viera
Twitter: @SportsBarAngel
 
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Why Signing Tim Hudson Is A Good Great Signing

Posted on December 6th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors

TimHudsonThis article may be a little late, but it’s still relevant (at least in this writer’s opinion) because signing Tim Hudson was an absolutely, positively GREAT signing.

Why was it so absolutely positively great? Because it means the San Francisco Giants have accepted their current position as a #2 or #3 (depending on what you think of the Arizona Diamondbacks – personally, I don’t think much) finisher in the National League West.

Whoa! A Giants fan and writer who is accepting #2 before Spring Training even starts? Listen, I would love to be wrong, and maybe the even-year thing will prove to be true.  If that’s the case, fantastic. If not, there’s always next year. And that year…that is the year we should be excited about.

Hudson buys the Giants two things: time and experience.

Time is important because your 2014 Giants are in-between new talent. This team has looked almost exactly the same for 2 years now (2012, 2013), going on 3 (2014). But when you looked ahead, you see a whole new generation of Giants, specifically pitchers, coming through those doors and onto the field by the bay. They just need to find a way to stay steady, try and win a few more games than last year, and then, in 2015 and 2016, start to make some real changes. Hudson (and even Tim Lincecum and now Ryan Vogelsong) do just that. They’re gap-fillers. Plugging the holes until this new wave of pitchers comes through. Buying time for one to two more years.

In addition to buying time until the new guys show up, Hudson provides a TON of veteran experience. 15 seasons, over 2800 innings, NL and AL, 3-time All Star, 3.44 career ERA, the list goes on and on. Who better to welcome the next wave of Giants pitchers than a guy like Hudson? An experienced vet who is a known “clubhouse guy” to help teach and break the rookies into the majors. It’s a win-win.

So let the haters hate and the naysayers naysay. Everyone who wanted Masahiro Tanaka (he may not even play MLB now) or another high-priced, flashy starter (although personally I’d love to see Ubaldo Jiminez in a Giants uniform), don’t you worry. Sit tight for one more, maybe two years, and then you’ll have a starting staff filled with young flashy arms at mere fractions of the cost.

And you know what? After we’ve accepted #2 or #3 for another year or two, we’ll have that staff of cheap arms and the Giants can go out and spend whatever they want on that power-hitting left fielder we’ve been craving since Barry Bonds waved goodbye.

 

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~Robert Barsanti

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SF Giants Rumors: Vogelsong, Tanaka, Sabean, Choo, Beltran, Etc.

Posted on December 5th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Credit: Justeen Ferguson

Credit: Justeen Ferguson

Starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong passed his physical yesterday, so his one-year, $5 million deal is now official. The San Francisco Giants rotation now seems to be set as GM Brian Sabean has said Vogelsong will not need to compete for a rotation spot. He’s got the fifth spot on locked down. I would say that this means the Giants are surely out on Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. I guess that’s a good thing since the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles might refuse to make Tanaka available through the proposed posting system.

 
John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle shares some insights that he gathered from a conference call with Sabean. You know that deep dark hole in left field? Well, it doesn’t seem like it will be filled anytime soon.
 
“We’re open-minded, but I’m not optimistic it’s going to be a big piece or anything earth-shattering,” said Sabean.
 
They’ve ruled out outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran since they’ve spent substantially on their own free agents this offseason.
 
Hunter Pence (5 yrs, $90 million)
Tim Lincecum (2 yrs, $35 million)
Javier Lopez (3 yrs, $13 million)
Ryan Vogelsong (1 yr, $5 million/plus incentives)
 
Free Agent Signing
Tim Hudson (2 yrs, $23 million)
 
Sabean also closed the door on moving Brandon Belt to left field. That’s a good call, because Belt could be a future Gold Glove winner at first base. Let’s hope 2014 is the year he brings that hardware home!
 
“He’s not going to play another position other than first base,” said Sabean.
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Vogelsong Deal, Monell Trade, Breaking News – Giants Prospects In Car Crash

Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Photo Courtesy of Steven Robles

Photo Courtesy of Steven Robles

The starting rotation for the San Francisco Giants seems to be set as the Giants have agreed to terms with pitcher Ryan Vogelsong on a one-year deal. Vogelsong will be the fifth starter in the rotation. Vogelsong’s physical is scheduled for Wednesday.

 
The Giants have traded minor league catcher Johnny Monell to the Baltimore Orioles for cash.
 
The Giants have tendered contracts to Gregor BlancoBrandon BeltJoaquin AriasYusmeiro Petit and Tony Abreu. The G-men have non-tendered pitcher Sandy Rosario.
 
Sorry I had to cut the top three topics short, because of the breaking news…
 
Breaking News
 
We’ve learned this morning that there were some Giants minor leaguers hurt in an automobile accident this morning in Arizona. Eleven prospects were in the van when it crashed. Four people have been taken to the hospital with injuries and it’s reported that one of them is in critical condition. No names have been released at this point. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the crash!
 
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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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