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
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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
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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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SF Giants Rumors: Zito, Torres, Vogelsong, Cabrera, Johnson, Hudson and Arroyo!

Posted on November 4th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
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Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors

Over the weekend the San Francisco Giants officially declined the options for Barry Zito and Andres Torres. This makes them officially free agents. By declining Zito’s option, the Giants now must pay him a $7 million buyout. Talk about a nice parting gift for Zito.

 
Today is the day that the Giants must decide if they’re going to exercise Ryan Vogelsong‘s option for $6.5 million or decline the option and pay him $300K as the buyout.
 
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports (via Twitter) bad news for the Giants organization from Ben Badler. Outfielder Gustavo Cabrera, who signed for $1.3 million last year, sustained a major off-field injury. It’s reported that Cabrera fell in his home and nearly cut off his hand.
 
Potential Pitching Targets
 
The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t give Josh Johnson a qualifying offer. This means the Giants could be in play. He’s coming off a down year that ended with him on the DL. This could be a nice low risk, high reward signing.
 
Tim Hudson wasn’t given a qualifying offer from the Atlanta Braves. The Giants might start kicking the tires on Hudson. Word on the street is the Giants already have interest.
 
The Cincinnati Reds also passed on a qualifying offer to Bronson Arroyo. I’m sure the Giants will be interested in reaching out to Arroyo’s agent.
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Tanaka, Belt, Abreu and Vogelsong

Posted on November 1st, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
BrianSabeanAndrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com did a live chat with San Francisco Giants fans on Wednesday (10/30/13). Below are some of the main points of the chat.
 
Baggarly doesn’t think Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is a realistic target for the Giants. The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees will be bidding, so the price will likely end up more than what the Giants are willing to spend.
 
Brandon Belt and the Giants should work out a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, and then will likely take some time during spring training to work on a multi-year deal to buy out a few more arbitration years.
 
The Giants did offer Cuban Slugger Jose Abreu nearly the same annual salary as the Chicago White Sox, but they didn’t want to offer as many years ($68M/6yrs). Most scouts view Abreu as a DH type player.
 
Baggarly does think Ryan Vogelsong will return to the Giants after his option is declined. He imagines Vogelsong will be back on a one-year deal for less guaranteed money and incentives.
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Giants Were In Negotiations For Cuban Slugger, Brian McCann Linked To Giants

Posted on October 28th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Sabean_BrianWord on the street is the San Francisco Giants were in the contract negotiations with Cuban Slugger Jose Abreu. They decided to withdraw themselves once the price was really starting to rise. The reason being, if they signed Abreu, they’d still have to move their best first baseman to left field. If Abreu was a left fielder I’m sure we would be talking about the big contract Abreu just signed with the Giants!
 
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says the Giants might consider kicking the tires on catcher Brian McCann. If McCann can also play some first base this might be an interesting move for the Giants. You would have a big left-handed bat in your lineup either at catcher of first base. McCann and Buster Posey can alternate and it would keep both of them really fresh. The only downside again would be sending our best first baseman Brandon Belt to left field.
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Lincecum May Never Live Up To Another Teams Expectations, Cuban Slugger Signs Elsewhere

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors

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Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors

Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that sources have told him that Tim Lincecum will test the free agent market to see what kind of offers are out there for him. The San Francisco Giants have offered him a two-year deal, but Lincecum is in no hurry to sign till he has a chance to filter all of his offers. Baggarly also points out that the Seattle Mariners had a scout following Lincecum and the Giants over the last homestand. The speculation is Lincecum might be very interested in playing for his hometown Mariners.

 
I believe Lincecum’s best bet is to stay with the Giants. The fans adore him and he can do no wrong in San Francisco. He’s already won two Cy Young Awards and helped the Giants win two World Series Championships in a three year span.
 
If Lincecum decides to sign elsewhere, his new fans will be excited to buy his jersey and cheer for him. However, what happens when they don’t get the lights-out Lincecum? Will their fans still be able to cheer for him unconditionally when he’s not pitching like a superstar? I’m sure their expectations will be high for Lincecum, and their leash will be short. So my question to Lincecum is why would you take a chance and risk high expectations for a new fan base and possibly not living up to their expectations, when you could re-sign with the Giants and continue to be loved by the city that adores you?
********************BREAKING NEWS****************
So as I was starting to post this… I learned that Lincecum has agreed to a two year deal with he Giants. It’s worth $35 million and has a full no-trade clause. Welcome back home Timmy!!
Cuban Slugger
 
I’m sorry to bring the bad news that the Giants will not be signing Cuban slugger Jose Abreu. He signed a big contract with the Chicago White Sox. I’m sure this means the Giants will be on the lookout for a bat at first base that can drive the ball, and will likely still move Brandon Belt to left field.
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Japanese Pitcher Linked To Giants, Barry Zito Thanks Fans

Posted on October 15th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Barry Zito Thanks San Francisco Giants Fans.

Barry Zito Thanks San Francisco Giants Fans.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says Masahiro Tanaka will be coveted by some Major League Baseball teams. Yes, that means your San Francisco Giants are expected to be one of the teams involved per Sherman. The 24-year-old is considered a free agent, which means signing Tanaka will not command a draft pick.

 
If you haven’t heard much about the Japanese pitcher, check this out! Tanaka went 24-0 to help the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles with the Pacific League division title.
 
Always a Giant
 
Barry Zito walks away from the Giants as a true professional, and with a lot of class! Zito took out a page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle to thank Giants fans. Below is what the ad said.
 
“Let’s Go Giants…
Let’s Go Giants…
Let’s Go Giants…”
 
These words will live with me forever. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you, the dedicated fans of San Francisco for the fire in your hearts for Giants baseball.
 
These last seven years were filled with ups and downs both on the field and off. I lost both my parents, found the love of my life Amber, gained wisdom, found faith in god, and rode the wave to not one but two World Series Championships in three short years.
 
It has been an experience that has shaped the lens that I will see life through for the rest of my time. I feel so very blessed to have been part of it all.
 
Thank you San Francisco.
 
Barry Zito
 
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Should the Giants Bring Back Chad Gaudin as a Starting Pitcher

Posted on October 11th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Chad Gaudin (courtesy of ESPN.com)

Chad Gaudin (courtesy of ESPN.com)

The San Francisco Giants are poised this offseason to overhaul a rotation that helped them win two World Series titles in three years. While Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner remain core staples as front end starters, the back end of the rotation is filled with question marks. Will Tim Lincecum sign? Which veteran starter will the team bring in to replace Barry Zito? Will Ryan Vogelsong return on a lesser deal? Perhaps one of the most intriguing questions fans have pondered involves Chad Gaudin, a pitcher who posted respectable numbers in 12 spot starts when Vogelsong landed on the DL. Let’s take a look at Gaudin’s history and performance this season in order to determine whether he’s a viable candidate for a spot in next year’s rotation. 

 

After playing 10 years in the Majors for 8 different teams, Gaudin was offered a minor league contract to play for the Giants in 2013. His impressive Spring Training earned him a Major League deal to join the big league roster as the final piece of the bullpen, taking over the long relief role previously held by Guillermo Mota

 
Gaudin’s previous track record as a journeyman mostly featured stints as a relief pitcher. Only once, in 2006, has he ever posted an ERA below 4.40. Furthermore, Gaudin has very limited experience as a starting pitcher. He made 2 starts in 2003 for the Tampa Bay Devil Raysgoing 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA that included 12 appearances as a reliever. In 2004, Gaudin made 4 starts in 26 appearances while splitting time with Tampa’s Triple-A affiliate. 
 
In 2005, Gaudin was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, where he made 3 starts in 5 appearances, posting an inflated ERA of 13.15. Traded to the Oakland Athletics in 2006, Gaudin shined as a reliever, posting an ERA of 3.08 in the second half. This prompted Oakland to try him as a starter in 2007, where Gaudin had his best and most extensive season as a member of a starting rotation, going 11-13 with a 4.42 ERA across 34 starts. In 2008, Gaudin started a total of 6 games for the A’s before a mid-season trade to the Chicago Cubs. Where we saw him do a stint in the bullpen, and he was released after a poor second half. 
 
Gaudin signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres in 2009, starting 19 games and posting a 5.13 ERA before another mid-season trade landed him with the New York Yankees, serving as a spot starter and reliever. He would win a ring with the New York that year, and the Yankees won all 6 of his starts. From 2010-2012, Gaudin bounced around a bit between Oakland and New York, making quick stops in Washington and Miami before the Giants signed him in 2013. During that 3 year period, Gaudin did not make a single start. 
 
All of this brings us to Gaudin’s performance as a swing man and spot starter for the Giants. He went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA across 12 starts and 18 relief appearances. While he filled in admirably for an injured Vogelsong, Gaudin’s promotion left a hole in the bullpen that ultimately lead to overtaxing the rest of the relievers. This, in turn, led to the Giants giving up leads late in games and losing contests when they could not score in the later innings. It also exposed the team’s lack of rotation depth, as various names from Triple-A could not give the Giants the quality starts they needed when Gaudin himself got injured – likely from overtaxing his arm as well, considering he had not started a game since 2009 before being thrust into the Giants’ rotation.
 
To date, Gaudin has yet to earn a full bill of health, and his profile remains that of an ideal long-relief pitcher capable of spot starts. He neither has the stamina nor the track record of an experienced, successful starter, which is precisely what the Giants need for next season. As grateful as the team was for his ability to step up when needed, the Giants’ front office knows what the other 8 front offices before them knew – that Gaudin is miscast as a starter and can’t be relied upon to fill out a rotation for the long haul at this stage in his career. 
 
Of course, there’s no guarantee that the Giants will even attempt to bring Gaudin back for next season. Yusmeiro Petit,another pitcher with a nearly identical track record, is out of minor league options and will most likely be kept on the roster as a long relief candidate and rotation depth. It would also be prudent to point out that Gaudin was arrested in January of last year under rather unsavory circumstances, so it’s entirely possible that the team will opt to sever their ties with Gaudin entirely. 
 
Regardless of what happens, it appears unlikely and unwise for the Giants to rely on Gaudin as a backend member of the rotation for next season. Assuming he can report to spring training fully healthy, he might earn an invite and a chance to compete for a spot in the bullpen once again.
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Ron Wotus, Alexander Guerrero and Jose Abreu

Posted on October 10th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Picture courtesy of Marko Realmonte

Picture courtesy of Marko Realmonte

We’ve learned that the Seattle Mariners are searching for a new manager, and San Francisco Giants coach Ron Wotus is one of many men on their long list of candidates. Wotus has served as a bench coach with the Giants since 1999. Prior to that he was a manager in the Giants organization from 1991-1997. He was also named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 1997. I’m sure you’re wondering what happened to 1998? In 1998, Wotus was the Giants 3rd base coach.

 
Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero was close to signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers a few weeks back. For whatever reason, the deal didn’t pan out. Now the Giants are among one of the destinations that could land Guerrero’s services. However, Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says (via Twitter) he hears the Giants are looking harder at Cuban Slugger Jose Abreu than Guerrero.
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Starting Pitchers Linked To The Giants

Posted on October 8th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
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With Barry Zito‘s contract up and the possibility of Tim Lincecum signing elsewhere. The San Francisco Giants will have to be in play for some starting pitching. They’ve already been linked to a couple starting pitchers. One is a free agent and another is a trade possibility. 

 
Free agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo thinks his time in Cincinnati is likely done. He’s looking for a three year deal, and is keeping all his options open.​ Yes, he’s up there in age, and is looking for a deal to close out his 30′s. “I feel I can pitch effectively at 37, 38 and 39 years old. I’ve never missed a start. Never been injured. I’ not a max-effort guy out there, so there’s no big-time wear and tear on me. I loved Cincinnati but I don’t think they’re in position to give me what I want,” said Arroyo. Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe says the Giants could be among one of the bidders for Arroyo’s services.
 
Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Tampa Bay Rays ace pitcher David Price could be on the trading block. He’s two years away from free agency, so the Rays can really cash in now to receive a better package for Price. One of the teams listed as a possible destination via trade for Price was your Giants.
 
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