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  1. 2014 Preview: San Francisco Giants

    Mar 24, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Bruce Bochy AP

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The San Francisco Giants. The Big Question: Can the Giants prove that last year was an aberration? After winning their…

  2. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  3. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  4. Padres and Indians both in hot pursuit of Joaquin Benoit

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    joaquin benoit getty

    Both the Padres and the Indians have offered two-year deals and at least $14 million in total to free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Passan’s source close to the Padres suggests the team’s deal could also include a third-year option. Should Benoit reach such an agreement with either club, he…

  5. Report: Rockies nearing a multi-year deal with Boone Logan

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that the Rockies are close to signing left-handed reliever Boone Logan on a deal believed to be three years in length and around $15 million. The deal will not be finalized until Logan passes a physical. Logan, 29, is an eight-year veteran having spent time with the…

  6. Jhonny Peralta seeking a four or five-year deal in the $56-75 million range

    Nov 22, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    jhonny peralta getty

    Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta is seeking $56-75 million on a four- or five-year deal, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The former Tiger has drawn interest from a handful of teams, including the Mets and Yankees, but he might have to settle for less to sign a deal. Earlier, Jon Morosi of…

  7. Giants re-sign Javier Lopez to three-year, $13 million deal

    Nov 21, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Javier Lopez

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal now for three years and $13 million, pending a physical exam next week. ========== Giants general manager Brian Sabean revealed yesterday that he was very close to re-signing reliever Javier Lopez and now Steve Berman of Bay Area Sports Guy reports that it’ll be a three-year, $13 million deal. Last…

  8. Giants “very close” to re-signing Javier Lopez

    Nov 19, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

    Javier Lopez

    Giants general manager Brian Sabean talked to the local media about various offseason doings today and revealed that he thinks left-handed reliever Javier Lopez is “very close to signing back with us.” Sabean told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that “we are fully engaged with Lopez” and hope to have a deal finalized soon. Lopez has…

  9. Yankees and Javier Lopez have “mutual interest”

    Nov 15, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Javier Lopez

    Javier Lopez has been linked to several contending teams looking for left-handed bullpen help and the latest is the Yankees, with Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reporting that the two sides have “mutual interest.” Lopez would replace fellow free agent Boone Logan as the Yankees’ left-handed specialist. In four seasons with the Giants…

  10. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  11. Giants, Hunter Pence agree to five-year, $90 million extension

    Sep 28, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence Getty

    UPDATE: Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com hears that Pence’s new deal will include a no-trade clause. 1:30 p.m. ET: Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the two sides have agreed to a deal, pending a physical. 1:28 p.m. ET: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds that it would be a five-year, $90 million…

  12. Andy Pettitte solid in final start at Yankee Stadium

    Sep 22, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Getty

    In his final start at Yankee Stadium this afternoon, starter Andy Pettitte went seven innings, holding the Giants to just two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out six. The lefty is scheduled to make one final start against his former team in Houston on Saturday. As good as Pettitte was, though,…

  13. Bruce Bochy Walked Adam Jones to get to Chris Davis. It didn’t work.

    Aug 10, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

    Bruce Bochy

    There are all kinds of ideas that, when looked at up close in objective terms, seem to make a lot of sense. Many of these ideas, however, don’t look so good from 10,000 feet. And certainly don’t look good in hindsight. And yes, this is hindsight. But there is no escaping the fact that, ultimately,…

  14. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Given how disappointing this afternoon’s trade deadline proved to be, it’s only fair that the annual winners and losers column is a little lopsided. Let’s get right to it: Winners Red Sox: I didn’t like the idea of Boston giving up top prospects for Jake Peavy because I just didn’t see him being a big…

  15. All quiet with Rangers, Yankees, Giants; one more deal on way

    Jul 31, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    rangers logo

    4:20 p.m. EDT: Sadly, oh so very sadly, that last deal may have been Drew Butera from the Twins to the Dodgers for a player to be named. 4:15 p.m. EDT: Per ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, there is still one more pre-deadline deal to be announced. /// Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal both…

  16. Heyman: Nothing cooking with Giants on Hunter Pence, Tim Lincecum

    Jul 31, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    If the Giants make a trade before Wednesday’s 4:00 p.m. EDT deadline, it’s probably going to include lefty specialist Javier Lopez. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, they’re not actively involved in any discussions regarding free agents-to-be Hunter Pence and Tim Lincecum. The Giants put a high price tag on Pence because they hope to…

  17. Santiago Casilla ahead of schedule, could return in 2-3 weeks

    Jun 14, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    World Series - San Francisco Giants v Detroit Tigers - Game 4

    Giants reliever Santiago Casilla is doing well recovering from recent surgery on his right knee which removed a cyst. In fact, according to CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, the right-hander is doing so well that manager Bruce Bochy estimates a return in two to three weeks. Casilla wasn’t expected to return until after the All-Star…

  18. Cubs blow ninth-inning lead then rally to beat Giants

    Apr 12, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Chicago Cubs

    Starlin Castro homered in the fifth and played hero in the ninth, delivering a game-winning double as the Cubs avoided what would have been an ugly loss and defeated the Giants 4-3. The Giants scored all three of their runs off new Cubs closer Kyuji Fujikawa in the ninth, taking Matt Cain off the hook…

  19. 2013 Preview: San Francisco Giants

    Mar 16, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Romo Posey Getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The Big Question: Can the Giants hold off the Dodgers in the National…

  20. Breaking down Friday’s non-tenders: Wilson, Reynolds and more

    Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson Getty

    Here’s the official list of Friday’s non-tenders: American League Angels: none Athletics: OF Jermaine Mitchell Mitchell had already been designated for assignment. He had a breakthrough 2011 in Triple-A, hitting .302/.401/.453, but he regressed to .252/.345/.386 for Sacramento last season. Astros: none Blue Jays: C Bobby Wilson Wilson is minor league contract material. The 29-year-old…

  21. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  22. If you’re painting the Giants as some sort of anti-Moneyball team you’re delusional

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy

    Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle has a column today in which he praises the Giants for being a scout-based anti-Moneyball organization, claiming that they have no use for advanced analytics, that they base their decisions on “visual evidence” and that they are superior to “organizations cutting their scouting staffs and stocking computers.” He…

  23. Series clincher Matt Cain now gets to go for the big one

    Oct 28, 2012, 12:20 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain started and won Game 5 of the NLDS against the Reds. He got the ball again in Game 7 of the NLCS versus the Cardinals. Now he’ll try to close out a third straight series for the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday evening. That Cain had to wait…

  24. Giants blow past Cardinals in Game 7 of NLCS to advance to World Series

    Oct 22, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

    Giants Reuters

    The Giants have faced elimination six different times this postseason. Yet they are still standing. Game 7 of the NLCS wasn’t much of a contest, as the Giants topped the Cardinals 9-0 at AT&T Park in San Francisco this evening to win the National League pennant and advance to the World Series against the Tigers.…

  25. NLCS Game 3 back on after delay of more than three hours

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

    rain delay busch stadium getty

    7:03 PM ET: The skies have opened up at Busch Stadium and Game 3 of the NLCS is in a delay. The Giants took a 1-0 lead on a Pablo Sandoval RBI groundout in the top of the third inning, but the Cardinals have provided all the scoring since. Matt Carpenter launched a two-run homer…

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