Found December 14, 2011 on Baseball Professor:
On June 21 of last season, Madison Bumgarner went out and exploded — but not in a good way. That day he last just 1/3 of an inning but faced 10 batters, nine of whom got hits and eight of whom scored. That outing did two things: ballooned his ERA from 3.21 to 4.06 and set up months of us trying to tell everyone how criminally underrated Bumgarner was. Question 46 in our top 100 Offseason Questions series reads as follows: “Madison Bumgarner was probably one of the more undervalued starting pitchers in 2011. Who would you compare him to so that his value is recognized?” OK, so even in asking that question we’ve technically answered the larger question after which this post is titled (yes, Bumgarner is underrated), but I won’t just stop there. After spending minutes scouring 2011 statistics and leaderboards it’s become painfully apparent who I must compare Bumgarner to so that his value is properly recognized. Hold onto your hats… CC Sabathia. Oh, and Felix Hernandez, too. Yes. Yo...

Baggarly lists Giants Top 10 Prospects for Baseball America

Baggs has been the Giants correspondent for Baseball America for the past six years. Andrew Baggarly, the Giants beat writer for The San Jose Mercury News, has listed Class-A outfielder Gary Brown as the team’s top prospect in a new Top 10 list for Baseball America. Baggs’ list is not much different from the one I published a month ago, on Nov. 15 (which can be found here)....

Giants finalizing deal with reliever Mota

The San Francisco Giants are working to finalize a $1 million, one-year contract with free agent reliever Guillermo Mota to bring him back for a third season. The deal was close to done Wednesday, still pending a physical and final paperwork. Mota, a 38-year-old right-hander, has become a reliable option for manager Bruce Bochy. He went 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA in 52 appearances last...

SF Giants Rumors: Fontenot vs. Keppinger, Whiteside Non-Tendered, Ex-Giants Sign

The verdict is out! The San Francisco Giants have decided to sign Mike Fontenot (1-year), and non-tender Jeff Keppinger.   From the comments left on SF Giants Rumors Facebook it sounds like a lot of fans wanted to see Keppinger back in a Giants uniform.   Keppinger came over to the Giants (July) from the Astros (traded for Henry Sosa and Jason Stoffel). He hit a combined .277...

Waldis Joaquin signs with Nats

Joaquin is now the property of the Washington Nationals. The Washington Nationals have signed former Giants pitcher Waldis Joaquin to a minor league contract and have invited him tp spring training, according to Bill Ladson ( Joaquin, who was originally signed by the Giants in 2003 as an amateur free agent, spent the past three season with the Jints, appearing in 19 games...

On this date in Giants history — Dec. 16

2001: The Giants obtain their first Japanese player since 1964 (when Masanori Murakami became the first ballplayer from Japan to appear in an major league game). San Francisco trades starting pitcher Shawn Estes (9-8, 4.02) to the Mets in exchange for outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo (.267, 10 HR, 56 RBI) and infielder Desi Relaford (.302, 8 HR, 36 RBI), who will later be traded the Mariners...

Giants Re-Sign Mota

With the addition of Mike Fontenot, the Giants looked done in terms of free agency. But they were not and they are now close to signing reliever Guillermo Mota to a one-year, $1 million deal. No, it's not the sexiest deal. But it's, um, something? Mota and the Giants, per, agreed to terms and are simply waiting on a physical to bring the reliever back for a third...

Giants bringing back Mota for third season

The San Francisco Giants are close to finalizing a $1 million, one-year deal with free-agent reliever Guillermo Mota, according to The Associated Press.

Barry Bonds to be sentenced on Friday

The largest federal criminal investigation into sports doping began more than nine years ago with a tax agent digging through the trash of the now notorious Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. Barring an appeal, the government's work comes to an anti-climactic end Friday when Barry Bonds - the probe's highest-profile catch - is sentenced for obstruction of justice. In between...

Giants Tender Fontenot, Dump Keppinger, Whiteside

Nothing particularly shocking here, but the Giants decided on Monday night to dump Jeff Keppinger and Eli Whiteside and tender Mike Fontenot. reported that Keppinger and Whiteside were non-tendered, and that Fontenot was offered a one-year deal. The logic on why the Giants did this? Cost and positional flexibility -- Fontenot is cheaper than Keppinger, and he can play multiple positions...

Pagan/Torres swap more then just numbers...

In trading Angel Pagan for Andres Torres the Mets are giving up almost 40 points in in batting average and 30 more strike outs a season.  So was the addition of power arm Ramon Ramirez the only reason the Mets down graded an offensive position on a team that will need to score runs.  Watching the above posted video Kevin Burkhardt and Andy Martino discuss Angel Pagan's struggles...

Giants agree to contract with Guillermo Mota

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to re-sign pitcher Guillermo Mota, Jon Heyman of reports.   Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports adds that the deal is for $1 million. Image by Andy Rusch under the Creative Commons License.

Giants re-sign Fontenot, let Keppinger leave

The Giants re-signed infielder Mike Fontenot to a one-year deal and offered contracts to nine of their other 11 arbitration-eligible players on Monday, vice president Bobby Evans said.

Buster Posey's injury can't persuade Joe Torre to consider rule changes to safeguard catchers

But the San Francisco Giants aren't finished lobbying to change the mind of MLB's vice president for on-field operations

Nationals Sign Waldis Joaquin

The Nationals signed right-hander Waldis Joaquin to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, MLBTR has learned. The hard-throwing 24-year-old became a free agent in November after the Giants designated him for assignment.  Joaquin made 19 relief appearances for the Giants from 2009-11, including five this past season. He spent most of 2011 at...
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