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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Denard Span gets 3-year contract from Giants | MLB.com

The Giants and free-agent outfielder Denard Span have agreed to a three-year deal, pending a physical.

The deal is reportedly worth $31 million ($10.33 million per season) plus performance bonuses.

Span, who turns 32 in February, is coming off a season in which he played just 61 games because of various injuries. The initial thought throughout the industry was Span would seek a one-year deal to re-establish his value, but his versatility and play when healthy—posting a career-high 184 hits in 2014—led to multiple suitors.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 09:05 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, free agents, giants

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Monday, December 14, 2015

Johnny Cueto agrees to six-year deal with the Giants

The Giants and Johnny Cueto have agreed to a six-year contract, pending a physical.


Cueto is entering his age 30 season, and will be able to opt-out of his new deal after the 2017 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 14, 2015 at 04:47 PM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, johnny cueto

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Nats Sign Yusmeiro Petit

1 year $3m, with an option for 2017 that vests with 80 innings pitched

Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: December 10, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nationals

Friday, December 04, 2015

Zack Greinke to sign with D-backs | MLB.com

Didn’t see this one coming.

The D-backs have reached an agreement with free-agent starting pitcher Zack Greinke, pending a physical, according to a baseball source. The club has not yet confirmed the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:17 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, free agents, giants, zach greinke

Purdy: Greinke not worth what Giants offering - San Jose Mercury News

Setting the salary bar on a 30+ pitcher is a risk that’s great for the *other* team to make.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, free agents, giants, zach greinke

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Three potential trades for the Giants as GM meetings get underway - Giants Extra

–OF Angel Pagan, RHP Hunter Strickland, OF Mac Williamson and RHP Tyler Beede to the Atlanta Braves for OF Cameron Maybin and RHP Julio Teheran.

Not gonna happen.

–1B Brandon Belt to the Cleveland Indians for RHP Danny Salazar or RHP Carlos Carrasco.

Not gonna happen.

–C Andrew Susac to the Miami Marlins for OF Marcell Ozuna.

Not gonna happen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tradecasting

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What Baseball Taught Me | The Players’ Tribune

Today, I am very excited to be a “rookie” all over again in a new field: songwriting. I am sure the lessons baseball has taught me will help me develop the thick skin I’ll need for this new endeavor. If one day you ever happen to hear a song of mine, I hope you’ll be honest about what you think. I have been building a skill set of handling adversity for years, so fire away!

Thank you, again, to all the men and women who are as captivated by this great game as I still am. Whether we’re on the field or in the stands, we’re all one family making baseball what it is today.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, barry zito, giants

Saturday, October 17, 2015

It’s Chicago vs. New York, With a Nod to Fred Merkle

Clear your head of 1969, when the upstart Mets sneaked up on the fat and comfortable first-place Cubs to win the division, the pennant and the World Series. Forget the Knicks and the Bulls, the Giants and the Bears, the Big Apple and the City of Broad Shoulders — and, in the name of all that is holy, the debate over thin-crust and deep-dish pizza.

Think of late September 1908.

Voodoo... Posted: October 17, 2015 at 12:59 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fred merkle, giants, mets

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Ode to Affeldt

Everything about that game felt flat, lifeless, colorless, like the whole scene had degenerated into black and white. I was sitting in the scout section with the Royals’ general manager at the time, Allard Baird, and we were talking about family and life and anything that came to mind to distract us from the dullness of the game itself.

And then Jeremy Affeldt entered.

Zach Posted: October 04, 2015 at 01:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jeremy affeldt, retirement, royals

Friday, October 02, 2015

Dodgers-Giants game interrupted by Full House sequel taping

The Dodgers were playing their final road game of the regular season on Thursday against the Giants when both teams got to be a part of one of San Francisco’s greatest cultural cpntributions, Full House.

The game featured a slightly extended seventh inning stretch which had actress Jodie Sweetin, known to viewers as Stephanie Tanner, singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” for the upcoming reboot of the show, titled Fuller House, leaving Los Angeles starter Brett Anderson very confused, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“I didn’t know what the hell that was,” Anderson said. “That was terrible. I didn’t know if that was serious or what was happening.

“I thought it was just her being awful at signing. I had to collect myself there for a second.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 02, 2015 at 12:52 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, full house, giants, have mercy, how rude

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Jeremy Affeldt: I’m retiring. Here are five things I won’t miss about baseball

1. The incessant showboating

Nowadays, all you hear about is how “baseball is dying,” and “the game is too slow and boring,” and “MLB just needs to let these guys have more fun.” Believe me, we players hear all of that media-driven chatter, and we’re not buying it. Yes, baseball isn’t the NFL (that’s a good thing, in my opinion), or the NBA, where fans can rock the gear and emulate the stars much more easily.


But what baseball does have, that those other sports largely do not, is tradition. And while the history of the sport has seen more than its fair share of troubling (institutional) incidents, that is precisely why the game remains so important to so many Americans. Baseball is a reflection of ourselves, our struggles and triumphs, our perseverance.

This is why the recent trend of “look at me” machismo, mostly via these elaborate, annoying and overindulgent hand signals and signs, irks me so much. Yes, let’s celebrate the game of baseball, and, if warranted, celebrate our on-field accomplishments with genuine shows of emotion. When you smack a double into the gap to take the lead in the eighth inning, by all means, pump your fist and praise your maker in the sky. But when you flash self-congratulatory signs after a meaningless first-inning single—or, even worse, a walk—you’re clowning yourself and not representing your club or your teammates very well.

Despite this, as I ride off into the sunset, I truly believe the future of baseball is in great (if not overly demonstrative) hands. Here’s hoping the game’s young stewards take time off from patting themselves on the back, though, if only to take notice of how us old guys do things.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Extra Baggs: Buster Posey experiences a foreign feeling; Posey marvels at Kershaw; a productive out with the bases empty; classy words from one Dodger, etc. - Giants Extra

Some good Giants stuff including this nugget:

There wasn’t an opportunity for Tim Lincecum to acknowledge the fans, as he had hoped. But there’s still a chance he’ll be back this weekend.

In any event, a goodbye might not be necessary. The interest is mutual and strong to re-sign Lincecum, from what I’m told. It’s more a matter of when, how much and in what form, rather than if.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, tim lincecum

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Biggest offseason questions | MLB.com

Dan O’Dowd asks some tough questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 02:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, free agency, giants, mariners, mets, orioles, white sox

The Catcher Is Watching You | FanGraphs Baseball

Buster Posey must have grown up watching Blues Clues.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, catching, defense, giants, melvin upton, jr.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How the Pirates stole Roberto Clemente from the Dodgers

Holy cow, Clemente next to Willie Mays in the outfield?

The Dodgers signed Clemente 15 months after Campanis first saw him. By then, the Giants, Braves, Red Sox and Cardinals had also expressed interest, according to David Maraniss’ biography “Clemente.” The Braves were serious bidders, reportedly offering the largest bonus ($25,000 to $35,000). But Maraniss writes that Clemente wanted to play in New York, where he had friends and relatives in the growing Puerto Rican community there. From Maraniss’ book:

That left the Giants and Dodgers. Any signing over $6,000 would designate Clemente as a bonus player, meaning a team would have to protect him on the major league roster or face losing him in a supplemental draft after his first year in the minors. The Giants, apparently concluding that Clemente needed at least a year of seasoning, kept their offer below the bonus line. Their scout, Tom Sheehan, hoped that Clemente would sign for a $4,000 bonus and begin in Class-A ball in Sioux City, Iowa.

It wasn’t enough. The Dodgers signed Clemente for a $10,000 bonus and a first-year salary of $5,000. Maraniss writes that the Dodgers had motives beyond just Clemente’s talent: They simply wanted to keep him away from the Giants, where he would team with Willie Mays in the outfield. The Dodgers knew he needed some time in the minors, as well. Dodgers general manager Buzzie Bavasi would later say, “It was a cheap deal for us any way you figure it.” Indeed, as Maraniss notes, another reason it was cheap is that white bonus babies were receiving bonus payments six times higher on average than black and Latin players.


A’s Call Up Barry Zito

So the A’s on Wednesday called up Barry Zito, their former ace and Cy Young winner, from Triple-A Nashville. Zito, 37, had hoped for an MLB comeback this season when he signed a minor-league deal with the A’s, the team that drafted him in the first round in 1999.


Instead, Zito spent the year in the minors. He was 8-7 with a 3.46 ERA, a solid contributor but not sparkling enough to warrant a big-league call-up. Until now, that is.

This is likely an MLB farewell for Zito. The A’s — with their shared history and his popularity in the Bay Area — offered Zito the best chance to return to the big leagues. It would be a surprise if he tried again next season.

Here’s perhaps the best wrinkle in this story: Zito could very well pitch his final game when the A’s meet the San Francisco Giants next weekend and face former teammate Tim Hudson. Hudson and Zito, along with Mark Mulder, formed Oakland’s formidable (and extremely popular) trio of pitchers early in the 2000s.

Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: September 16, 2015 at 04:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants, moneyball

5 MLB teams with offseason holes and in-season jackpots - SBNation.com

Getting lucky doesn’t hurt.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, diamondbacks, giants, pirates, rangers

The New Kid | The Players’ Tribune

The original Matt Duffy describes his introduction to the major leagues. Casey McGehee sounds like a really great guy.

Before long, I realized that this — all of this — wasn’t just guys “being nice.” Instead, it was one of the very real secrets to the Giants’ success: That their young players adjust quickly to life in the big leagues. From rookie Buster Posey taking over the starting catcher’s job on the 2010 World Series team, to rookie Joe Panik playing unbelievably at second base in the World Series last year, to rookie pitcher Chris Heston throwing a no-hitter this year. That stuff’s not random. It’s a pattern. And patterns don’t happen by accident.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, matt duffy

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Buster Posey becomes selectively aggressive - Beyond the Box Score

Here’s a great look at Buster Posey’s season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 12:55 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, sabermetrics

Let’s look on the bright side of the Giants missing the postseason - McCovey Chronicles

Giants fans won’t have to watch Bumgarner in the playoffs!!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner

Friday, September 04, 2015

Lincecum’s hip problem ends his Giants season, career up in the air - San Francisco Chronicle

How long have hip issues been a thing in MLB?

However, Lincecum’s two-year, $35 million contract expires after this season and the Giants clearly need a rotation makeover for 2016 and beyond.

Team trainer Dave Groeschner said Lincecum‘s surgery involved shaving down bone to take care of impingement and repair his labrum. Lincecum, who Groeschner expects to be ready to pitch in spring training. The pitcher will start rehabilitation Friday, staying in Colorado through weekend, then resuming his recovery in Arizona.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim lincecum

Monday, August 31, 2015

Henry Schulman’s guide to Dodgers-Giants showdown - SFGate

Big series coming up. Get the popcorn ready.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants

Tim Lincecum’s hip recovery stalls, and he might have thrown his last pitch as a Giant: “The bad days are outshining the good ones” - Giants Extra

Is he done at thirty-one?

While trying to throw off a mound at the Giants’ complex in Arizona last week, Lincecum’s hips locked up again.

“It’s definitely frustrating but I’ve got to find a way to move forward,” Lincecum said. “The training staff is definitely doing their best to help me out. … (The shots) aren’t taking hold the way we had hoped. I don’t know. It’s a band-aid situation. To be honest, we’re trying to explore as many options as we can.”

That includes offseason surgery, Lincecum said.

“I have my ears open to everything,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim lincecum

Monday, August 24, 2015

From field to front office, many believe chemistry still matters in baseball

Sure, numbers are fine for fantasy leagues, but if you want to truly define a player’s value, or recognize the importance significance of clubhouse culture, it’s time to wake up and embrace character, too.

“I think we’re losing part of our game because so many of these people in charge don’t have the scouting background or playing background,’’ Peavy said. “All they have is a great education and they’re really good at math. Some of these front offices crunch all of these numbers, and think they’ve got it all figured out.

“I don’t know the formula for winning, but I do know what it means when teams are inseparable, enjoy their time together, care for each other, and play for the higher cause. I’ve seen it. I’ve been part of it.

“You can have all of the education you want, and break down every number you want, but unless you get to know what’s inside a player, you really don’t know the player.’’...

“We had our Moneyball movie, and they didn’t even win,’’ Peavy said of the Oakland Athletics. “How about let’s make a movie about the good ol’ fashioned baseball people, and how they judge team chemistry, and put together guys that fit in.

“How about a movie about a team that actually wins in the end?’’

 


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