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Giants finalizing agreement with Cameron Maybin

Per Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Giants are “finalizing” an agreement to bring outfielder Cameron Maybin to Spring camp as a non-roster invitee. Maybin, 32 in April, has spent time with four teams over the last two seasons, dropping an identical 88 wRC+ in each. Mired for the last three seasons in fourth-outfielder limbo, the former first-rounder has seen his once-vaunted center field defense decline sharply with age. In nearly 2,800 innings at the position...

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Pablo Sandoval wants to catch and pitch for Giants

Pablo Sandoval wants to do a little bit of everything for the San Francisco Giants. Sandoval served as a pitcher in one April appearance for the Giants last season in a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that his third baseman has already volunteered for that role again — and he wants to be the team’s emergency catcher, too. It’s easy to forget now, but in his minor league career, Sandoval got a decent amount of use as a catcher. That was a long...

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Roger

Willie McCovey Memorial 2019 Community Prospect List: The Results

We’ve made it, a full list. Ain’t she a beaut?

Well, we did it! It was distressingly close to a three-way runoff for the final spot (whew!) but we did it!

The 2019 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List is complete. Let us feast our eyes on what we have created:

Joey Bart Heliot Ramos Marco Luciano Shaun Anderson Logan Webb Alexander Canario Chris Shaw Ray Black Melvin Adon Sean Hjelle Gregory Santos Aramis Garcia Heath Quinn Juan De Paula Jalen Miller Ryan Howard Camilo...

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Giants, Craig Gentry agree to terms

The Giants have agreed to a contract with free agent outfielder Craig Gentry, MLBTR has confirmed. He’ll give the team some additional outfield depth following this week’s signing of veteran Gerardo Parra to a minor league pact. Gentry, 35, spent the 2018 season with the Orioles organization and appeared in 68 games at the MLB level, tallying 169 plate appearances and hitting .269/.321/.346 along the way. Those numbers align rather closely with the .262/.333/.339 slash that Gentry has...

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Bryan Murphy

Yangervis Solarte agrees to minor league deal

He can earn up to $2 million if he makes the major league roster.

Yesterday, there were rumblings that the Giants had interest in utility infielder Yangervis Solarte. The Giants have been interested in lots of utility players this offseason, so I didn’t think much of it and thought it better to wait until something happen. Here we are less than 24 hours later and the Giants have signed Solarte to a minor league deal.

Per Jon Heyman, his base salary would be $1.75 million were he to make...

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Bryan Murphy

Weekend BP, 2/15-2/17/19

It has been brought to my attention by several members of the community that Wednesday’s BP regarding the death of Johnny Cueto’s horse was cold and offensive. I’m sorry about that. I offer no good explanation and certainly understand how it reveals more about my character than anyone’s interested in coming to learn about someone who writes for a baseball blog.

Horses are majestic creatures, but more than that, ignoring someone who’s clearly in mourning wasn’t a healthy choice...

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Johnny Cueto’s beloved horse died from eating poisonous grasshoppers

Johnny Cueto shared the sad news on Instagram this week that his beloved horse Popeye had died. The death of his pet has affected the pitcher and was a topic of conversation at San Francisco Giants spring training on Thursday. According to The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly, Cueto said that Popeye died from eating poisonous grasshoppers. This isn’t the first time there has been a tragic death for one of Cueto’s horses. Back in 2016, his previous horse in the Dominic Republic, also named...

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Kevin J. Cunningham

Willie McCovey Memorial 2019 Community Prospect List #44

Happy Valentine’s Day! Who do you love? Well...you probably love about 43 others ahead of whomever you’re going to vote for today, but who do you love?

In the NFL Draft, they call the last pick “Mr. Irrelevant”...Maybe #44 in the current Giants system is something even lower than that. But then again, maybe it’s something lower...but hey, we love these guys. It’s a tough road trying to make it into the major leagues, and everyone’s path is worth watching and supporting. ...

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Bryan Murphy

A Valentine to pitchers and catchers reporting today

A new season begins, so let’s show the players some love.

Spring Training is mostly here as pitchers and catchers officially report today. Of course, most of the Giants arrived yesterday to begin their workouts and speak to the media, but today is that first day on the calendar that says, “Yeah! Baseball is here!” There won’t be much actual baseball for another week or so, but let’s not be picky here in February.

It’s Valentine’s Day and a lot of the Giants’ best players...

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Johnny Cueto credits fish and salad for dropping 20 pounds

Johnny Cueto is set to begin playing catch next week following Tommy John surgery last year, and when he does so he’ll be 20 pounds lighter. The San Francisco Giants starter told reporters Thursday that he’s lost 20 pounds this offseason, thanks to a diet of fish and salad. Salad and fish. Yep. That’ll do it. The lighter frame should be a good thing for Cueto, who’s long been on the slightly pudgy side. In other news, during Thursday’s media session, Cueto also divulged the cause...

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Sami Higgins

Hunter Pence says farewell to San Francisco

The former Giant shares his favorite memories of his time in San Francisco as he says his farewells to the city he’s called home for the better part of the last decade.

Hunter Pence played the last six and a half seasons with the Giants and became somewhat of a fixture of San Francisco. It was hard to believe we’d ever see him in another uniform again. But good things cannot last forever.

The Giants sent Pence off with a ceremony and a new scooter at the end of last season, giving him...

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Sami Higgins

Thursday BP, 2/14/19

Joey Bart caught Madison Bumgarner’s bullpen session yesterday, on the same day that I realized this will be Buster Posey’s tenth full MLB season.

/”Sound of Silence” plays in the distance

I don’t freak out about birthdays, even when they are milestones. No, I freak out about baseball players aging. I freak out about there being a new face of the franchise some day that isn’t Buster Posey. I look at the face of Joey Bart and see the hands of time coming for us all.

I see...

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Willie McCovey Memorial 2019 Community Prospect List #43

Down to our final two...

Oh hey! I’m supposed to be putting up a CPL post here today, aren’t I?

Ok, well let’s hop to it. CJ Hinojosa pulled off a somewhat surprising win at position #42 which brings to our penultimate poll.

Here’s the list:

Joey Bart Heliot Ramos Marco Luciano Shaun Anderson Logan Webb Alexander Canario Chris Shaw Ray Black Melvin Adon Sean Hjelle Gregory Santos Aramis Garcia Heath Quinn Juan De Paula Jalen Miller Ryan Howard Camilo Doval Jacob Gonzalez Jake...

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Bryan Murphy

Giants add RHPs Trevor Gott and Jose Lopez

The hard throwers reflect the team’s historical knack for finding pitching value with Farhan Zaidi’s aggressive acquisition strategy.

The Giants have added two hard-throwing right-handed pitchers over the past eighteen hours, so let’s talk about them.

Yesterday, Jose Lopez was claimed off waivers from the Reds, who had designated him for assignment after they had signed Zach Duke to a 1-year deal. This morning, the team traded for Trevor Gott from the Washington Nationals for cash...

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Bryan Murphy

Wednesday BP, 2/13/19

Johnny Cueto has lost another horse. This one was also named Popeye. Popeye II, if you will.

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A post shared by Johnny Cueto (@johnnycueto47) on Feb 12, 2019 at 9:46pm PST

As with Popeye I, you can see the picture of the actually dead horse over on Johnny Cueto’s Instagram. In the meantime, please allow me to do my Chris Rock voice impression to express my shock:

ANOTHER horse, Johnny?

ANOTHER F-IN HORSE?

That’s two dead...

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Madison Bumgarner would love for Giants to add Bryce Harper

It’s February, pitchers and catchers are reporting for Spring Training, and Bryce Harper remains unsigned. The San Francisco Giants are one of the teams that have emerged as a suitor for the slugger, and one of their best players would love to have him. Madison Bumgarner spoke on Tuesday about the team and the possibility of adding Harper. The southpaw ace would be psyched to have Harper on his team. “He’s obviously a superstar in the game, a young player,” Bumgarner said via CSN Bay...

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Kevin J. Cunningham

Willie McCovey Memorial 2019 Community Prospect List #42

PJ takes #41...and the final group of Nominees joins our list!

We’re rolling to the end of the prospect list as players report to Spring Training and the Free Agent market is just getting underway...wait, what?

Well, Gerardo Parra and his minor league deal still won’t qualify for this list, so we’re at #41 names. PJ Hilson takes #41, the unofficial Jeremy Affeldt memorial spot (please wrap PJ in some bubble wrap!). So, our list is:

Joey Bart Heliot Ramos Marco Luciano Shaun...

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Bryan Murphy

Of course the Giants aren’t getting Bryce Harper

Reverse jinxes have a spotty track record. Consider this a hedge.

Of course I want the Giants to sign Bryce Harper. And Manny Machado. And maybe even Marwin Gonzalez. Adam Jones? Sure, why not. The Giants can easily afford to add any and all of these players, but I’ll stay on Bryce here because the Giants seem to want him, too:

Buster Posey said he plans on catching at the first workout tomorrow and will have a modified schedule this spring. When asked about Bryce Harper again, Posey...

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Bryan Murphy

Gerardo Parra signs a minor league deal

In case you were wondering: no, he has not already been a Giant.

The Giants built up their outfield depth a bit more today by signing former Rocky and former Diamondback Gerardo Parra to a minor league deal (no terms of the major league component as of this writing). This is great news for Parra and his family and even greater news for fans who have been rooting for Farhan Zaidi’s Bitcoin approach to the offseason.

At some point, these tiny investments might explode in value. Parra is...

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Report: Giants, Gerardo Parra agree to minor league deal

The Giants have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra, reports Jon Heyman of the MLB Network (Twitter link). The Octagon client will head to Major League Spring Training in hopes of earning a spot on San Francisco’s Opening Day roster. Parra, 31, wrapped up a three-year, $27.5M with the division-rival Rockies in 2018 — one that did not pay the dividends the Colorado organization had hoped when signing Parra in the 2015-16 offseason. During his three...

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