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Kevin J. Cunningham

Willie McCovey Memorial 2019 Community Prospect List - #1

This is probably the easy one.

Here we go everyone, it’s time for Pick #1.

Honestly, this one should be pretty easy.

Sure, Zaidi went wild in the Rule 5 draft, adding two players in the Major League portion, two in the minor league portion and losing three in the minor league portion...

Rule 5 summary:
MLB Portion:
Added: LHP Travis Bergen, OF Drew Ferguson
Lost: No one.

MiLB Portion:
Added: 3B Peter Maris, LHP Sam Moll
Lost: RHP Ian Gardeck, RHP Dusten Knight, OF Jeffrey Baez

— GPT...

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Giants select Bergen, Ferguson in Rule 5 Draft

The Giants took left-handed reliever Travis Bergen from the Blue Jays and outfielder Drew Ferguson from the Astros during the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

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Giants add 4 players, lose 3 in Rule 5 Draft

If all goes well, LHP Travis Bergen from the Blue Jays and OF Drew Ferguson from the Astros will be on the major league roster to start 2019. Ah, the Rule 5 Draft. A deceptively simple transaction day that usually doesn’t generate much interest outside the baseball industry. But if you’re still following the team at this point in the offseason wondering what Farhan Zaidi is going to do with the team, then you should know that today’s draft was important! A quick refresher on the Rule 5...

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Giants select LHP Bergen in Rule 5 Draft

The final day of the Winter Meetings begins with the annual Rule 5 Draft. Teams are only able to make a selection if they have space on their 40-man roster. The order is based on the reverse order of standings from the end of the 2018 regular season.

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Doug Bruzzone

What do players think of the new mound visit rule?

In Part 2 of our More Than 2-Part Series, we look at a hot button issue whose main effect seems to have been the scoreboard now listing mound visits.

In 2018, baseball instituted new limits on mound visits at every level of affiliated baseball above short-season ball. You may have noticed the mound visit tracker in the majors, where teams only get 6 per 9 inning game. In A-ball, they get 10, in AA they get 8, and in AAA, like the major leagues, they get 6. It was part of Commissioner Rob...

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Sami Higgins

Thursday BP, 12/13/18

Just when you thought the ghosts of 2018 injuries past couldn’t get dumber, I’ll just leave this here:

Buster Posey had a microfracture in his hip that the Giants didn’t know about until he went in for surgery. Prevented him from firing his hips while swinging.

— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) December 12, 2018

I’m not laughing at Buster Posey’s pain, far from it, but I am laughing. The kind of laughing you have to do to keep yourself from crying. How...how do you not spot this?...

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Bochy open to being 'creative' with roles in '19

Echoing the new front office's desire to leave everything on the table, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said on Wednesday that he'll be open to using players in non-traditional roles to get the most out of his roster in 2019. That includes a willingness to experiment with openers.

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The San Francisco Giants Shouldn’t Trade Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner, when healthy, is one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball, and he appears to be drawing interest from other teams on the trade market. But the San Francisco Giants should hold onto the left-hander, instead of boosting a contending team’s World Series aspirations. The thinking behind a Bumgarner trade is understandable: he’s a free agent after 2019, and trading him for valued prospects ensures the Giants don’t lose him for nothing when he hits the open...

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Sami Higgins

A case against the “opener”

Maybe it will end up being good for baseball, but will it be good for the players?

Yesterday, Farhan Zaidi suggested that the Giants were interested in trying out the concept of the “opener” going forward. If you aren’t familiar, that is when a relief pitcher starts the game and usually goes about an inning or so, then the traditional starting pitcher comes in.

There are many people for whom that doesn’t sit well with, and not for baseball reasons. I like and respect Alex Pavlovic...

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Agent: Johnny Cueto could potentially return late in 2019 season

MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes spoke with agent Bryce Dixon about Nelson Cruz’s market Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, and Tim also got an update on another Dixon client, Johnny Cueto. It isn’t yet clear when the Giants right-hander will be back on the mound in the wake of Tommy John surgery last August, though Dixon is optimistic about both a full recovery for Cueto and potentially a return late this season. Dixon’s full comments: “The rehab is progressing on schedule. He says his arm feels...

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Three resolutions for Giants fans next year

These are only suggestions. I’m a strong believer that there is always room for improvement when it comes to anything in life. Surely being a sports fan can’t be much different? There are so many things I wish the Giants organization had done differently last season. But I think the new year is always a good time to reflect - what could I have done better? I think it’s time to turn the thinking inwards and resolve towards some things Giants fans may be able to commit to next season....

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Bryan Murphy

Wednesday BP, 12/12/18

Let’s check in on some former Giants. If you didn’t hear, Andrew McCutchen signed a three-year, $50 million deal (with a fourth year option) with the Phillies yesterday, which really shook up the industry. The former GMs who have media jobs lambasted the deal as an overpay, given that he’s in his age 32-35 seasons Over the course of it, and eight the client candidate if ever there was one.

Still, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that at least for the first two years of the deal,...

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Giants becoming less likely to deal P Madison Bumgarner

Bumgarner finished with a 6-7 record and a 3.26 ERA in 21 starts last season.

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Giants considering unconventional pitching

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday that the Giants are mulling various alternative pitching strategies to deploy next season, one of which is the opener trend popularized by the Rays and A's in 2018.

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Clubs showing interest in Giants relievers

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed Tuesday that he's received a "high level of interest" in the club's relievers while engaging in trade conversations with other teams.

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Report: Madison Bumgarner could be traded during season

Madison Bumgarner’s name has come up throughout the offseason as a potential player on the trade market, but it seems like he is more likely to remain with the San Francisco Giants for now. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand said on Tuesday that it’s unlikely Bumgarner gets traded this winter. Instead, the Giants may opt to start the season with him and trade him during the year if they’re not contenders. That makes sense. The Giants should give themselves a fair shot to see how they perform in...

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Bryan Murphy

The Giants are try-curious about the “opener” and other pitching possibilities

Farhan Zaidi follows Las Vegas’ biggest tourist trap by indulging in his darkest fantasies about pitching and roster construction.

The Giants weren’t expected to be big spenders this offseason even with young, marquee talent available, but given the hire of Farhan Zaidi, they were expected to at least be... active. Three days into the Winter Meetings and the biggest move so far has been a waiver claim of Sexy Ken Rosenthal outfielder Mike Gerber. Not a very hot stove.


A lot of...

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Madison Bumgarner Trade Rumors: Giants Increasingly Unlikely to Deal SP

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner , who has been the subject of trade rumors, may stay in the Bay Area into the regular season, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB ...

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The White Sox are interested in Brandon Belt

This trade scenario is just dumb enough to work. The past couple days, there have been some vague, general rumblings of a Brandon Belt trade. We haven’t paid much mind to them because the possibility of a Belt trade is rather low. Belt has a limited no-trade clause that he’s able to modify year-to-year. Rumor has it, Belt doesn’t want to be traded, so he purposefully fills the clause with contending teams that have an opening at first. The remaining teams tend to be bad teams that...

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Kenny Kelly

The Cardinals have their eyes on Will Smith and Tony Watson

Trading either would make sense, but do the Cardinals have something the Giants want?

The Cardinals are reportedly interested in Will Smith, and if they can’t get Smith, Tony Watson would do just fine. I’m frankly surprised that this is the first real rumor we’ve heard of the Giants getting calls on either.

Though Smith missed the first few months as he was coming back from Tommy John, Smith was one of the better relievers in the majors. Among relievers with at least 40 innings...

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