Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Giants Newsbeat

Monday, January 14, 2019

Farhan Zaidi On Giants’ Offseason, Bumgarner - MLB Trade Rumors

Some interesting tidbits.

From a hot-stove perspective, Zaidi noted that “we’re hopeful to have an announcement on a signing or a trade here in the next couple of days,” so some type of transaction could be imminent now that we’re more than two days removed from the interview.

...

Zaidi reiterated that the Giants aren’t going into a full rebuild, saying “We’re going to do what we can within the constraints we have to put a competitive ballclub out there” in 2019.  Winning the division “is always going to be a goal,” even as Zaidi admits the Dodgers are still the team to beat at this point.

A recent report from MLB.com’s Jon Morosi linking the Brewers and Giants in trade talks about Madison Bumgarner was “overblown,” in Zaidi’s words, as Bumgarner is “a huge part” of San Francisco’s plans to compete next season.  “We spent this offseason having to be realistic with where we are and being willing to listen on anything,” Zaidi said. “But it doesn’t change the fact that Madison Bumgarner is a very central cog to this team.  Nobody is making any outgoing calls on Madison Bumgarner.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 11:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants

Thursday, January 10, 2019

San Francisco Giants’ home now called Oracle Park after AT&T split

An Oracle transaction.

Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and their mates henceforth will play ball at Oracle Park.

The Giants on Thursday will announce a 20-year agreement with the Redwood City technology company to affix its name to their waterfront ballpark in San Francisco.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but in an interview Wednesday, Giants President and CEO Larry Baer termed it “very much in line with other recent naming-rights deals for top-tier facilities.”

That would make it worth $300 million to $350 million, a significant increase over the roughly $100 million the Giants received over 22 years in the original naming-rights and marketing deal that they signed with an AT&T predecessor in 1996.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Saturday, December 29, 2018

MLB rumors: Broadcaster Mike Krukow wants Josh Harrison on the Giants

If you watched the Giants at all in 2018, you likely came away muttering one thing to yourself: “This team lacks energy.”

Well, they are reportedly interested in Josh Harrison, and the 31-year-old two-time All-Star is a bundle of energy.

Harrison has several teams pursuing him as Fancred’s Jon Heyman pointed out on Thursday, and Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow would like to see the Giants bring him to San Francisco.

If this is an argument that finds favor in the best broadcast booth in America, what sort of bad ideas do those in the worst broadcast booths believe?

QLE Posted: December 29, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, josh harrison, mike krukow

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Unlike roster, Giants making significant upgrades to AT&T Park

SAN FRANCISCO — It has been a slow start to the offseason for the Giants’ roster, but at their home ballpark, there’s been nothing but nonstop action.

The Giants are in the process of replacing their scoreboard with a state-of-the-art version about two times the size of the current one. Team president and CEO Larry Baer compared the project size-wise to the massive Jumbotron the Dallas Cowboys put up when they built a new stadium.

“We’re going to have the best scoreboard in baseball, we believe,” Baer said. “It’s going to be the first 4K scoreboard (in baseball). We’re going to be able to show information and entertaining features that we’ve never been able to show before just because of the capacity.”

How many features do scoreboards need, exactly?

QLE Posted: December 26, 2018 at 09:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: china basin, giants, scoreboard

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Duane Kuiper: Giants will trade a pitcher but not Madison Bumgarner

It’s been a relatively quiet offseason for Bay Area baseball teams. And unless you’re the Mets or Mariners, you more than likely had a still offseason as well.

But as far as the Giants go, the question remains whether or not the team will trade Madison Bumgarner.

Well, despite multiple reports that this unicorn of a trade may not happen, the discussion has never gone away—especially for Duane Kuiper. In an interview with KNBR on Wednesday, the Giants broadcaster said he believes MadBum isn’t the pitcher that will be dealt away.

 

QLE Posted: December 20, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: duane kuiper, giants, madison bumgarner, trade talk

Friday, December 14, 2018

Why Madison Bumgarner trade now seems more likely at July deadline

LAS VEGAS — When the Giants arrived here on Sunday, Madison Bumgarner was their Opening Day starter. After four days of circulated casino air, room service, $7 cups of coffee, a few rumors and one minor transaction, Madison Bumgarner is still their Opening Day starter.

That still could change, though.

While the Giants are not close to any deals and have not gotten close, multiple sources familiar with their discussions said this week that the front office is still fully ready to trade the franchise’s ace if the right deal comes along. The Giants have come to grips with the reality of making such a move, but also believe at this point that if they are to trade Bumgarner, the best deal likely will come before the July 31 trade deadline.

An interesting point to ponder, especially as it ties so heavily with both how the Giants view themselves and how the paths they can take could lead them to very different trajectories.

 

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, trade talk

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter: Buster Posey had a microfracture in his hip…

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 05:44 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants

Friday, December 07, 2018

Why Giants are excited about South African-born prospect Kieran Lovegrove

You probably missed it, but the Giants made an under-the-radar move late in November that has boom or bust potential.

Across the minor-league transaction wire, the Giants signed 24-year-old reliever Kieran Lovegrove, a move that can bring major results in the future. Just ask president of baseball operation Farhan Zaidi.

“He’s a terrific arm, a terrific prospect,” Zaidi said Wednesday on KNBR.

If he makes it to the Show, he’ll be the second South African-born player to make it.

QLE Posted: December 07, 2018 at 06:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants, kieran lovegrove, south africa

Thursday, December 06, 2018

MLB free agency: Giants have extensively scouted pitcher Yusei Kikuchi

The first free-agent pitching domino fell Tuesday when former D’backs ace Patrick Corbin reportedly agreed to a massive contract with the Nationals.

One day prior to the Corbin news though, another interesting piece to the puzzle was unraveled in the pitching market. Star Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi was officially posted by the Seibu Lions.

“He’s an accomplished guy from over there,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Wednesday on KNBR. “We have scouted him pretty extensively, as other teams have. A lot of players from over there (Japan) have a preference for being on the West Coast just for proximity, so that puts us in a pretty good situation.”

Mind you, if the Giants sign him, I have the feeling he’ll turn out like their free-agent signings so often have traditionally….

 

QLE Posted: December 06, 2018 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants, yusei kikuchi

Saturday, December 01, 2018

MLB rumors: Giants’ Madison Bumgarner not ‘going anywhere’ in trade

It seems more and more likely that the Giants will not trade Madison Bumgarner. At least not right now.

On Friday, a Giants source told Fancred’s Jon Heyman that the writer shouldn’t expect a Bumgarner trade to happen anytime soon.

This latest Bumgarner report comes just two days after ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that evaluators in contact with the Giants don’t believe the team is serious about trading Bumgarner. Front offices will call, but for now, it sounds like one of the team’s all-time legends is staying put.

So, how long before this state of affairs changes?

QLE Posted: December 01, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, trade talk

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Giancarlo Stanton to Giants makes no sense if Yankees will trade him

One year ago, Giants fans were on Giancarlo Stanton watch every day. That won’t be happening again, despite a report the New York Yankees already might be willing to trade the slugger.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, there are “long-shot rumblings” about the Yankees trying to trade Stanton after only one season in the Bronx. The writer also lists the Giants as a team that could reasonably explore the possibility of adding the former MVP after making such a strong push for him last offseason.

Yes, the idea of the Giants adding Stanton and his 38 home runs from last season—or 22 more than anyone on San Francisco’s roster—always will be intriguing. But there are way too many factors in why this won’t happen, and it all starts with a depressing blast from the past.

Among other things, when Arnold Johnson 2.0 gives you a present, you don’t respond by regifting it.

QLE Posted: November 25, 2018 at 04:26 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, giants, trade talk, yankees

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Q&A: Damon Minor on Giants’ Steven Duggar, Chris Shaw, Aramis Garcia

For the past two seasons — either in Triple-A Sacramento or the Arizona Fall League — Damon Minor has worked with the Giants prospects trio of Steven Duggar, Chris Shaw and Aramis Garcia. In 2018, Minor saw all three of them as the River Cats’ hitting coach before each player made their major league debuts in San Francisco.

NBC Sports Bay Area recently spoke to Minor, as the former Giants first baseman assessed each hitter’s development at the plate.

The sort of analysis one must always take with a grain of salt, especially if what I’ve witnessed is remotely representative….

QLE Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: aramis garcia, chris shaw, giants, steven duggar

MLB rumors: How Dodgers’ Dave Roberts could replace Giants’ Bruce Bochy

The Giants already made one drastic change to their franchise this offseason in hiring Farhan Zaidi away from the Los Angeles Dodgers as their new president of baseball operations. Another year from now, could they add another prominent figure from their archrival?

According to FanCred’s Jon Heyman, the Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts appeared close to a multiyear contract extension a week ago, but they now sit at a standstill, unable to come to an agreement. Roberts is said to be on vacation overseas, per Heyman, and the sides “remain far apart.”

Los Angeles picked up Roberts’ $1.1 million option for 2019, meaning he’s under contract for next season, but not beyond. If the sides can’t come to an agreement on an extension, Roberts essentially will enter next season as a lame-duck manager.

Mind you, is there any particular reason to believe that Dave Roberts is a manager you’d want to hire, rather than being some guy who was lucky enough to be part of the ride?

QLE Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, dave roberts, giants

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Manny Machado doesn’t fit with Giants even if they clear infield space | NBCS Bay Area

Does anyone really think the Giants are going to spend much money this year?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2018 at 06:19 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants

Friday, November 09, 2018

Determining Madison Bumgarner’s future will be Farhan Zaidi’s first Giant decision

The ink on Farhan Zaidi’s contract as the new San Francisco Giants general manager was barely dry Wednesday when he was asked the question weighing on the mind of every Giants fan.

Is it possible, and perhaps even necessary, that he seeks to trade the franchise’s longtime ace and multiple time World Series hero, Madison Bumgarner?

The question itself was as straight forward as it gets. As for the response? It was not surprisingly vague.

Mind you, with pitchers, the future tends to be something beyond the ken of any general manager….

QLE Posted: November 09, 2018 at 07:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants, madison bumgarner

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Giants’ new baseball chief Zaidi talks Bumgarner, rebuild, working with Bochy

The Giants are in good hands.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 09:09 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants

This changes everything: Giants president Farhan Zaidi agrees to a five-year deal – The Athletic

Friedman and Zaidi may be competing for the same guys.

And how’s this for intrigue? Before the Giants and Dodgers meet on the field next season, Zaidi and Friedman could find themselves in a more immediate form of competition. Zaidi is almost certain to hire a GM. Friedman, unless he decides to keep Zaidi’s former chair empty, will be in the market for one, himself. And here’s betting their lists will have some overlap.

Will Zaidi seek to renew with Billy Owens, his former colleague with the A’s? Or would he be attracted to someone more like-minded with which to collaborate and spark ideas? Would he value an executive with administrative skills? Or a more traditional scouting background? Is it possible that the Giants already have vetted some of the possible candidates (Kim Ng, Jason McLeod, Chaim Bloom, Matt Arnold, Mike Elias, etc.)?

Zaidi should find no shortage of qualified people eager to work in a front office where out-of-the-box thinking will be encouraged.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 11:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, general mangers, giants, pay site

Farhan Zaidi takes Giants job | MLB.com

This isn’t good for the Dodgers.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, general managers, giants

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Rebuild or Retool? Evaluating the Giants Offseason Choices

Some commentary on the current state of the Giants, and considerations as for what the Giants can do in response.

QLE Posted: November 06, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rebuilding

Monday, November 05, 2018

Why the Cardinals and Giants could enter the Bryce Harper free agency sweepstakes

You know the deal: Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, because he’s still just 26 years of age and has MVP upside, is likely going to wind up signing the largest contract in MLB history this offseason. His left-handed power and patience at the plate—plus the possibility that he’s pre-prime—mean he’s of interest to almost any team that thinks it can afford him. As for specifics, you can reportedly add the names of two traditional National League powers to his list of likely suitors.

First, there are the St. Louis Cardinals. Here’s what Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

The team and chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., according to one industry source, are “sending signals they are out to be a player.” The Cardinals intend to explore Harper’s market and see how they fit, sources confirmed.

Granted, if recent history means anything, the Giants ending up with Harper will not lead to the results either one had in mind….

QLE Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals, free agency, giants

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

SportsRadioPD: Barrett: Divorce Was Inevitable For The A’s and 95.7 The Game

The problems with selling Green and Gold in a sea of Orange. Or: why the A’s were never going to get A-grade radio coverage in the Bay Area, and never accepted it.

There was also a public perception that the team wouldn’t spend money to retain key players, the stadium they played in was a mess, and ownership made it worse by continuing to tell the public they wanted no part of being in Oakland. The vibe all the way around was negative. Meanwhile, the teams across the street seemed to have everything going their way.

Reality was that the audience and advertisers had an insatiable demand for Giants, 49ers, and Warriors content, and if we hoped to compete, we needed to be talking about what mattered most to the majority. That didn’t mean the A’s and Raiders weren’t part of our content plans too, they were, but if they expected to be covered the way KNBR had the Giants, well we weren’t going to do that.

 

Greg Franklin Posted: October 31, 2018 at 02:52 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, broadcasting, giants, media, radio

MLB Rumors: Giants Interested in Farhan Zaidi for President of Baseball Ops.

The San Francisco Giants have reportedly expanded their search for a president of baseball operations to their archrivals.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, San Francisco is “interested” in Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi for the role. While Morosi cautioned it is “unclear if the scenario is viable,” he noted the interest could be the reason San Francisco’s search has been somewhat slow.

This comes after Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reported the Giants interviewed Chicago Cubs senior vice president Jason McLeod.

I’m getting confused at this point- would this be a promotion, a lateral move, or a demotion?

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants

As expected, Giants exercise options on Madison Bumgarner, Pablo Sandoval

In moves that were expected, the Giants on Monday exercised their 2019 contract options on pitcher Madison Bumgarner and infielder Pablo Sandoval.

Bumgarner will earn at least $12 million in the final year of the long-term deal he signed in 2012. That is the listed salary, but it likely has grown some through escalators based on performance milestones.

The Giants again will pay Sandoval the major-league minimum, around $545,000, in the final year of the five-year deal he signed with Boston after the 2014 season. The Red Sox will pay the rest of his $18.6 million salary.

A collection of various baseball briefs- quite a bit here to discuss if anyone has the interest…

 

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, pablo sandoval

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Longtime Giants broadcaster Hank Greenwald dies at 83

Hank Greenwald, among the most beloved of all San Francisco Giants broadcasters, died at California Pacific Medical Center Monday afternoon. He was 83.

Greenwald had been suffering from heart issues and kidney failure in recent months, and after an onset of bronchitis, he was taken to the hospital Saturday.

“He’d just been feeling rotten for a long time,” said his wife, Carla. “He died after valiant efforts by a fabulous medical staff.”

RIP- you will be missed by those of us who listened for you.

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 05:52 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, giants, hank greenwald, rip

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants’ GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs’ front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres’ (with Hoyer, who was San Diego’s general manager from 2010-2011).

Wondering what I should make involving some of the phrasing here….

QLE Posted: October 16, 2018 at 06:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, giants, jason mcleod

Page {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dcurrent_page} of {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dtotal_pages} pages {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dpagination_links} | Site Archive

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Stormy JE
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogTexas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland arrested on child sex abuse charge
(15 - 3:40am, Jan 16)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogOT - NBA Thread (2018-19 season kickoff edition)
(4877 - 12:37am, Jan 16)
Last: Mike A

NewsblogTwo Mets ranked on MLB Network's Top 10 Second Basemen list
(11 - 10:56pm, Jan 15)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogThibs' Hall of Fame Tracker
(1087 - 10:52pm, Jan 15)
Last: John DiFool2

Gonfalon CubsNow what?
(407 - 10:51pm, Jan 15)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT: Soccer Thread (The Berhalter Thread?)
(756 - 10:36pm, Jan 15)
Last: The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott)

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (January 2019)
(214 - 10:10pm, Jan 15)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogTaking Back the Ballparks - Oakland A's
(50 - 9:54pm, Jan 15)
Last: karlmagnus

NewsblogBarry Bonds' former agent says MLB owners are colluding against players to suppress salaries
(18 - 9:30pm, Jan 15)
Last: Howie Menckel

Hall of MeritBobby Abreu
(4 - 8:21pm, Jan 15)
Last: Jaack

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-14-2019
(30 - 7:03pm, Jan 15)
Last: SoSH U at work

NewsblogBryce Harper, Manny Machado mystery teams
(12 - 6:31pm, Jan 15)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogRod Allen: Incident with Mario Impemba more like a baseball brawl
(1 - 6:08pm, Jan 15)
Last: Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network)

NewsblogOT - 2018 NFL thread
(562 - 4:50pm, Jan 15)
Last: Ithaca2323

Hall of MeritEvaluating Relievers
(28 - 4:29pm, Jan 15)
Last: Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet

Page rendered in 1.3070 seconds
164 querie(s) executed