Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Welcome back, Michael Morse

MLB Trade Rumors reported that he's signed a minor league deal with the Orange and Black.

Here's most of the story. The author seems to believe there's not much chance he'll get playing time. He did drive in the very last run of 2014.... --

The Giants have struck minor-league deals with veteran slugger Michael Morse and outfielder Justin Ruggiano, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter). Details of their arrangements are not yet known.
It’s particularly interesting that the Giants have brought back the 34-year-old Morse, whose last productive, full-season stint came with the San Francisco organization. Since wrapping up a 2014 season in which he slashed .279/.336/.475 and hit 16 home runs over 482 plate appearances, Morse has taken just 264 total trips to the plate.
After helping the Giants to a World Series title, Morse joined the Marlins on a two-year, $16MM pact that didn’t work out for either party. He bounced from the Dodgers (without suiting up) and then on to the Pirates in 2015, and did provide Pittsburgh with 45 games of useful offense — driven, out of his usual character, but a high-OBP/low-power blend (.275/.390/.391).
Morse didn’t last long with the Bucs in 2016, however, appearing in just six contests before being designated and then released. He never ended up signing with another organization over the rest of the season, leaving an open question as to whether he’d attempt a return.
It remains to be seen just how much of a chance Morse will have at cracking the roster. He’s listed by Eddy as a first baseman, which doesn’t seem to be a terribly likely route to playing time with the Giants, who utilize Brandon Belt there and may also use the position to rest catcher Buster Posey while keeping his bat in the lineup. But Morse could conceivably function as a bench bat and still see time in the outfield, where he is among the game’s worst fielders.
As things stand, San Francisco looks to be in search of a solution in left field, where Morse last played. Unproven but well-regarded youngsters Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker could be first in line, with Gorkys Hernandez also presenting an option. The club has already added Kyle Blanks and Chris Marrero on minor-league pacts as well, suggesting that some camp competition may be in order.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Jimmy Rollins in the Orange and Black

The SF Giants site says he's signed a minor league deal 

Here's the story by Chris Haft, who's usually right  --

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hoping to add infield depth, the Giants agreed to a Minor League deal with Jimmy Rollins, the highly accomplished shortstop who's striving to extend his big league career to an 18th season.
Sources confirmed the Giants' accord with Rollins, who will compete with Kelby Tomlinson, Ehire Adrianza and Conor Gillaspie, among others, for a reserve infield spot. This could require some adjustment from Rollins, 38. Except for one-third of an inning at second base in 2002, Rollins has played exclusively shortstop -- which, on San Francisco's roster, belongs to two-time Gold Glove Award winner Brandon Crawford.
Since Rollins had not yet officially signed his contract, Giants general manager Bobby Evans declined to comment on the move.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

SF Giants luxury tax = $3.4 million

Associated Press has the story 

 The SF Giants have to pay $3.4 million in luxury tax for the 2016 season on a $181 million payroll; one of six teams to do so, according to AP's story. Typical of sloppy AP reporting, it does not say anything about how much will go to the teams with the lowest payrolls

Monday, December 12, 2016

Matt Reynolds Stays with the Orange and Black

Monday, December 05, 2016

Mark Melancon in the Orange and Black

This is what happens when you blow 30 saves in the regular season and two more in the postseason.

Here's Chris Haft's story for --

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Committing an unprecedented sum of money in an attempt to offset unprecedented lapses in performance, the Giants announced Monday that they obtained the closer they sought by agreeing to a four-year contract with free-agent right-hander Mark Melancon. An industry source confirmed Melancon's contract is worth a total of $62 million, including a $20 million signing bonus of which $12 million will be paid up front. The deal includes salaries of $4 million in 2017 and $10 million in 2018, after which Melancon may opt out of the deal. If Melancon opts into the last two years, the salary is $14 million per season.
The pact's average annual value of $15.5 million and the total figure established highs for relief pitchers. Both all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera, whose salary topped out at $15 million annually, and Jonathan Papelbon, who signed for $50 million over four years with Philadelphia before the 2012 season, were eclipsed.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Bob Tewksbury in the Orange and Black

He's been hired as the Mental Performance Coach. A pretty ordinary career of 110-102 over 13 years. One outstanding season in 1992 with a 16-5 record and a 2.17 ERA.

Scott Miller of Turner Sports originated the report.

It sounds like a good idea, if you ask me. Tewksbury had the same role with the Bosox for about a decade.