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Brady Klopfer

A few reasons for Shohei Ohtani optimism

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It could happen.

Allow me to be the 109,415th person to tell you that Shohei Ohtani is a unicorn, and that his current free agency is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. It’s cliché to say it. It’s repetitive to say it.

But it’s not overplayed, because it simply cannot be said enough. Shohei Ohtani is a unicorn. And Shohei Ohtani’s current free agency is unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

You could make the case that no player as good as...

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Brady Klopfer

Mon/Tues BP: Giants re-sign Cole Waites

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Not surprising, but good.

Happy Monday, San Francisco Giants fans. Enjoy the potential quiet before the virtually guaranteed storm ... next Monday is the start of the Winter Meetings, at which point we’ll see a flurry that will likely take the bulk of the big free agent names off the board ... if they don’t sign this week instead.

The Giants, like all teams that don’t call Philadelphia home, have yet to make a splash in free agency this...

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Steven Kennedy

Player Review: Marco Luciano

Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Please, Marco, please.

The minor leagues are less about season long averages and more about potential. What can you do? And how can an organization make that possibility a consistent reality? Marco Luciano can do a lot. His power has been a known entity by the San Francisco Giants since signing him for 2.6 million dollars months shy of his 17th birthday in 2018.

Welcome to the #SFGiants Family, Marco Luciano.

SS and 6’3” power hitter, Luciano is from the...

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Guardians hire former Giants interim manager for coaching role

Former Giants bench coach and interim manager Kai Correa is joining the Guardians’ coaching staff.

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Sami Higgins

Weekend BP: Post-holiday recovery videos

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What better way to spend your holiday weekend than enjoying these classic Giants games while lounging away the turkey.

Good morning, baseball fans!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got the post-holiday grogginess in full effect today. If you, too, are suffering from turkey-induced lethargy, I’ve got just the thing for your holiday weekend viewing.

The San Francisco Giants have a playlist on their YouTube...

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Sami Higgins

Wednesday/Thursday BP: Giants reportedly co-favorites to sign Bellinger

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The Giants and Yankees are reportedly expected to be the two teams in the mix on Cody Bellinger.

Good morning, baseball fans!

The offseason rumor mill churns on and on, and this time the San Francisco Giants are reportedly co-favorites to land Chicago Cubs slugger Cody Bellinger according to USA Today.

That other team, though, is reportedly the New York Yankees. Anyone having flashbacks to last offseason can be forgiven. It’s not necessarily inevitable...

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Bryan Murphy

Player Review: Jakob Junis

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The Slider Man can!

2023 stats: 40 G (4 starts), 86 IP, 3.87 ERA, 3.74 FIP, 10.0 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 4.57 K/BB, 109 ERA+

Notable: In those 4 GS (7/31, 8/15, 8/20, 8/31): 12.2 IP, 14K, 2 BB 0.574 WHIP, 0 ER (2 unearned)

Jakob Junis’s two (and likely only two) seasons with the San Francisco Giants went almost exactly as the team projected when they signed him. His improvement upon an 89 ERA+ to 109 this season came about because of an adjustment in his...

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Report: White Sox nearing deal with shortstop Paul DeJong

The White Sox may be close to finding their starting shortstop in 2024. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the White Sox are close to signing a major league deal with middle infielder Paul DeJong.

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Brady Klopfer

November mailbag, Part 2

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Some more non-answers to offseason questions.

On Friday, I fielded a first round of questions for a San Francisco Giants mailbag. There were enough questions to split the ‘bag in half, and I imagined the second act could wait until Monday. ‘Tis the season for rumors and excitement, but not really for moves.

So let’s see how that worked out for me and get started...

Blake Snell or Aaron Nola? at equal contracts

— Lando (@landes_ryan) November 16,...

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Yankees, Giants expected to pursue intriguing South Korean outfielder

South Korean outfielder Jung Hoo Lee is one of the more intriguing players who’ll be available in this year’s free agent class.

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Brady Klopfer

Mon/Tues BP: Free agency predictions

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Let’s hear them!

Happy Monday, San Francisco Giants fans.

We’re probably still two-plus weeks away from many big moves being made in Major League Baseball, but some dominos have started to fall. On Sunday, it was reported that right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola — viewed by many as the second-best starting pitcher on the market — was re-signing with the Philadelphia Phillies. That news wasn’t particularly surprising, but the...

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Steven Kennedy

Player Review: Luke Jackson

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It took awhile to get Jackson back on the mound, but once he did, it was like he hadn’t missed a beat.

2023 stats: 33 G, 33.1 IP, 2.97 ERA, 143 ERA+, 3.29 FIP, 1.230 WHIP, 11.6 K/9, 4.1 BB/9

It had been nearly 19 months since Luke Jackson had thrown a pitch in an MLB game when he debuted for the San Francisco Giants on May 31st of the 2023 season.

A torn ligament in his throwing arm diagnosed in April 2022 meant he’d undergo Tommy John surgery and...

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Bryan Murphy

Giants sign Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Slater to 1-year deals

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They also non-tender three players on their 40-man roster.

Last night was the tender deadline for arbitration and pre-arbitration eligible players and the San Francisco Giants announced they’ve agreed to terms with two of those players.

Six weeks ago, I looked at MLB Trade Rumor’s arbitration projections for their six eligible players, Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Slater. That site’s projection system has been pretty accurate over the...

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Brady Klopfer

November mailbag, Part 1

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Some simple questions. Some confusing answers.

It’s the time of the year where life is both incredibly quiet and wildly hectic for the San Francisco Giants, and all of baseball, really. There are rumors, ideas, speculation, and momentum flying around, but nothing is really happening.

That’s when the questions start to pop up, so it seemed like a good time for a mailbag (or two!).

Thanks everyone for the questions....

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Bryan Murphy

Hopefully, the Matt Chapman contract won’t stop the Giants from doing another big deal...

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The coaching staff is horned up for the AL Gold Glove Award-winning third baseman.

It sure does seem like the San Francisco Giants are half of the way to committing to a long-term deal with free agent third baseman Matt Chapman.

You’ve got Matt Williams, the most revered third baseman in the history of the San Francisco Giants, talking him up to the media.

Matt Williams, a 5x All-Star and 4x Gold Glove third baseman who played against Scott...

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Cody Bellinger is indeed on San Francisco’s radar

As the clear #2 position player available in this year’s free agent market, Cody Bellinger is a sensible fit for a handful of teams. 

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Sami Higgins

Friday BP: Hug the A’s fans in your life

Set Number: X162951 TK1

MLB owners unanimously voted to allow the relocation of the Oakland A’s to Las Vegas to go through. While it’s not the end of the road, the odds of A’s baseball staying in Oakland seem to be slipping away.

Good morning, baseball fans.

It’s a sad day for baseball. Yesterday, every MLB ownership group voted to allow the relocation of the Oakland Athletics to Las Vegas to move forward, something that had already been endorsed by Commissioner Rob Manfred....

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Steven Kennedy

Player Review: Sean Hjelle

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There and back again: a reliever’s tale

2023 stats: (MLB) 15 G, 29 IP, 6.52 ERA, 4.22 FIP, 65 ERA+, 1.76 WHIP, 9.62 K/9, 4.03 BB/9; (AAA) 22 G (19 GS), 93 IP, 6.00 ERA, 6.01 FIP, 1.53 WHIP, 6.77 K/9, 3.87 BB/9

Noteworthy: 2.30 difference between ERA and FIP, 53.3% groundball rate

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Sean Hjelle spent most of 2023 on the bus.

I imagine the shuttle back and forth from Sacramento to San Francisco wasn’t particularly...

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Brady Klopfer

Logan Webb finishes 2nd in Cy Young voting

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Blake Snell won the prestigious award.

The San Francisco Giants season did not go the way their players or fans hoped, but it’s at least ending on a high note. On Wednesday it was announced that the Giants ace, right-handed pitcher Logan Webb, had finished second for the National League Cy Young Award.

It’s a tremendous accomplishment, and recognition of a truly fantastic season for the team’s leader. Among NL starters with at least 100...

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Trio of NL West teams interested in high-profile lefty

He just finished 2023 with a 2.25 earned run average over his 32 starts. His 31.5% strikeout rate was second among qualified hurlers.

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