Tuesday, January 29, 2019

RIP Peter Magowan

He was the man who prevented the San Francisco Giants from becoming the Tampa Giants in 1993. And he was instrumental in getting the new ballpark -- now called Oracle Park -- opened in 2000.

This story on the team's official site indicates that he had a lot of affection for the role.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Joey Bart in the Orange and Black

MLB.com reports that the Giants' Joey Bart is the top catching prospect in baseball with potential power of 25 HRs a year.

Here's their recap --

The No. 2 overall pick in last June's Draft, Bart not only has a strong college power resume, with double-digit home runs as a sophomore and a junior, but he showed that it would translate immediately in the pro game when he hit 13 home runs in just 45 Northwest League games during his pro debut. He has the potential to hit at least 25 homers annually.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Giants avoid arbitation on Will Smith

The Giants simply don't go to arbitration. Here's the story on MLB.com

Closer Will Smith agreed to a one-year, $4.225 million deal with the Giants, avoiding arbitration ahead of Friday's deadline to exchange salary figures, according to a report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
The Giants previously reached agreements with their two other arbitration-eligible players, second baseman Joe Panik and right-handed reliever Sam Dyson, in November. Panik is slated to earn $3.8 million in 2019, and Dyson is signed for $5 million.
San Francisco has not had an arbitration case go to a hearing since A.J. Pierzynski in 2004.
Smith, 29, posted a 2.55 ERA over 53 innings and saved 14 games for the Giants in 2018, his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. Though he is currently projected to reprise his role as the team's closer, it remains to be seen if Smith will still be on the Giants' roster on Opening Day.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has said he's received plenty of calls on his relievers, so he could look to trade Smith in exchange for younger talent this offseason. The Angels are reportedly one of the teams that have had talks with the Giants regarding Smith and fellow left-handed reliever Tony Watson.
Smith's salary would likely help the Giants get a strong return in a potential trade, as he is a more affordable alternative to free-agent relievers such as Craig Kimbrel and Adam Ottavino. Smith, who was acquired from the Brewers in August 2016, is entering his final season before free agency.

Maria Guardado covers the Giants for MLB.com. She previously covered the Angels from 2017-18. Follow her on Twitter.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Breyvic Valera in the Orange and Black

The Giants got infielder Breyvic Valera, who the Dodgers traded to the Orioles for Manny Machado last year, in exchange for cash, according to mlb.com.  He's the 5th new player after Mike Gerber, Travis Bergen, Drew Ferguson and Pat Venditte.Here's the story --

Keeping with their stated desire to improve the versatility of their roster, the Giants acquired infielder/outfielder Breyvic Valera from the Orioles on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations.
Valera, 26, batted .234 with a .567 OPS in 32 games between the Dodgers and the Orioles last year. He spent the bulk of the 2018 season in the Minors, hitting .261 with a .738 OPS, nine home runs, 39 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 94 Triple-A games. A switch-hitter, Valera has experience playing second base, third base and shortstop, as well as all three outfield spots.
Valera, who was designated for assignment on Friday, was part of the five-player package the Dodgers sent to Baltimore for infielder Manny Machado last summer. He will likely have the opportunity to compete for a utility role with the Giants during Spring Training.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi previously acquired Valera during his time with the Dodgers, as he was the return for outfielder Johan Mieses in a trade with the Cardinals last April. Valera is the fifth player Zaidi has added this offseason, joining outfielder Mike Gerber, Rule 5 Draft picks Travis Bergen and Drew Ferguson and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte.
The Giants' 40-man roster now stands at 39.