Found January 27, 2012 on The Crazy Crabbers:
In his minor league career Eric Surkamp has but up some very impressive numbers, at any of the stops where he made more than just handful of starts he has never posted a FIP above 3. He has shown the ability to command his pitches and even without even average fastball velocity he has shown the ability to strikeout batters at a very high rate. Last year Surkamp dominated the Eastern league and put to rest any concerns that there would be lingering issues with the hip injury that cut short his 2010 campaign. His 2011 season ended with a taste of the majors where he made 6 starts where he pitched a little timidly and was unable to put up the same type of numbers that he had shown in the minors. His struggles could have been partially due to fatigue after pitching nearly 40 more innings past his career high so it will be interesting how he does going forward. Surkamp  features a high 80's fastball that he has been able effectively place his in the minors but struggled...

Crazy Crabbers Top 20 Prospects: Tommy Joseph

Tommy Joseph is second in the list of very good Giants catching prospects and was the one that probably took the biggest step forward last season. From the reports that I have read he made big strides defensively to ease the minds of people who were skeptical that he had the ability to stay behind the plate long term which really helps his value. In addition he really...

SF Giants Rumors: Hensley And Theriot Sign, Competition In Place For Bench Roles

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN say (via twitter) the San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms with reliever Clay Hensley. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (in a later tweet) confirmed the signing, and that the contract is non-guaranteed. Hensley has to win a job in Spring Training to crack the Opening Day roster.   There is a bullpen spot that could be Hensley’s since the...

Hensley Brought On To Help Bullpen

RHP Clay Hensley, who surrendered Barry Bonds' 755th home run (which tied Henry Aaron on the all-time list), signed a one-year deal with the Giants for $750,000, pending a physical.

Digging In: Is Tim Lincecum Worth A Long Term Investment?

("Digging In" will be a feature at The Outside Corner that will take a closer look at some of the major issues going on in baseball today using a detailed sabermetric approach that will look to uncover things not normally mentioned when it comes to things like player contracts, team performance, trends and much, much more. Expect these to be very large, in-depth articles...

Episode 64: Urban Legend

$17.15 million buys a lot of bamboo. Episode 64: Urban Legend is out! In the sixty-fourth episode, Thomas and Danny chat with MLB Insider Mychael Urban about the contracts with Tim Lincecum and Pablo Sandoval, Matt Cain’s potential extension, outfield woes, Front Office shenanigans, and more. Click on the image below to find it on iTunes: You can also find it on the RSS...

Leading Off: Two years makes sense for Giants, Lincecum

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is a star among stars, a showman with unique flair and, despite his 2011 record, a winner. He carries loads of goodwill, based on his eminence and the role he played in bringing a World Series title to San Francisco.

Lincecum's New Deal Features Bonuses

Tim Lincecum agreed to a two-year, $40.5 million deal with the Giants on Tuesday, shortly after turning down a $100 million offer from the team that drafted him. But don't worry about poor Tim: he can make some of that lost money up in bonuses available if he turns in particularly stellar performances in 2012 and 2013. Specifically, Lincecum has bonuses in his contract should...

The San Francisco Giants Dodge(r) a Big Bullet

San Francisco Giants loyalists should swear off Walmart brand vodka and reevaluate the possibility of an all-knowing god this week: free agent super-whomper Prince Fielder has just signed a contract to play for the Detroit Tigers. For nine years. Why celebrate Fielder's mega-signing with a difficult commitment to better health and renewed recognition of the fires of hell...

New Look?

Yup, this is very much actually hanging in one of the windows along the King Street side of AT&T Park.  The last thing this team should be promoting is the position player who perhaps got the most reasonable deal of any free agent this offseason.  And he got it to leave the Giants, not to stay with them. The Giants don’t really have much of a new look to push.  A couple...

Free Agent SS Ryan Theriot signs with San Francisco

In a move that might be called "Brandon Crawford insurance" the Giants announced today they will sign free agent shortstop Ryan Theriot to a one year deal for a reported $1.25m, with $.750 in incentives (see the story at MLBTrade Theriot played in 132 games last year for the St. Louis Cardinals, putting up 120 hits, a .271BA and a .321OBP. He played 91 games...

Giants give right-hander Hensley one-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Free-agent right-hander Clay Hensley and the San Francisco Giants have reached agreement on a $750,000, one-year contract.

Giants sign infielder Theriot

The San Francisco Giants signed infielder Ryan Theriot to a one-year, non-guaranteed major league contract.
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