Found January 26, 2012 on The Crazy Crabbers:
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 seemed to find his groove in the second half of last season flashing his potential. In the second half of the California league schedule Joseph hit .299/ .343/ .575 with 16 homers which is a pretty drool worthy line to see a catcher produce. However despite the step forward he took he still has a number of issues to work on including working on improving his walk rate and continue to cut down on the strike outs. Season Team G PA HR R RBI SB BB% K% ISO BABIP AVG OBP SLG wOBA ...

Lincecum Signs: Two Years, $40.5M

Tim Lincecum has signed a two year, $40.5M contract with a limited no-trade clause (Baggarly).  $18M for 2012, $22M for 2013, $500K bonus (I still wonder what the accounting benefit to the Giants or Lincecum or both is, for having a bonus versus salary; does that go straight to Lincecum, avoiding the agent fee?)  The Giants had offered $40M and Lincecum's side asked for $44M...

Jeff Keppinger signs with Rays

According to a tweet from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, former San Francisco Giants infielder Jeff Keppinger has agreed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Keppinger, 31, played in 56 games for the Giants following the July 19 trade with the Houston Astros for minor leaguers Jason Stoffel and Henry Sosa. He batted .255/.285/.333 (0.618 OPS) with 2 HR and 15 RBI for the Giants...

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...

Giants agree to 1-year deal with Hensley

Free-agent right-hander Clay Hensley and the San Francisco Giants have reached agreement on a $750,000, one-year contract. The Giants said Thursday it is a non-guaranteed big league deal for Hensley, who still must pass a physical before the club makes a formal announcement. Hensley was with San Diego when he gave up Barry Bonds' 755th career home run on Aug. 4, 2007, that...

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...


From the Waterloo Bucks Waterloo, IA - The Waterloo Bucks, a member of the Northwoods League, have announced right-handed pitcher Kyle Kramp will return to play for the Bucks in 2012. Kramp, a sophomore at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana is the fourth player to be named to Waterloo's roster for the team's 18th season. ^^^ Last year, Kramp led Waterloo in saves...

Ryan Theriot Signs With Giants

The San Francisco Giants have found the veteran shortstop that they were looking for. They’ve signed Ryan Theriot to a one-year non-guaranteed deal. The deal is reportedly worth $1.25 million and another $750,000 worth of incentives. @JonHeymanCBS: ryan theriot in agreement with #giants on 1 yr deal. gives them good veteran ss option. The team planned on going forward with Brandon...

Giants' Lincecum aces physical, signs $40 million extension

San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum has passed his physical and officially signed his $40.5 million, two-year contract.

Giants sign P Hensley to 1-year deal

The San Francisco Giants signed reliever Clay Hensley to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $750,000 with incentives for Hensley, who went 6-7 with a 5.19 ERA in 37 appearances (nine starts) for the Florida Marlins last season. The 32-year-old righthander had an outstanding season in 2010, compiling a 3-4 mark with a 2.16 ERA in a career-high 68 appearances.

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.

Source: Giants give righty Hensley 1-year deal

The San Francisco Giants have reached agreement on a one-year major league deal with relief pitcher Clay Hensley, according to a baseball source.

Rays finalizing deal with versatile Keppinger

The Rays and infielder Jeff Keppinger have agreed to a one-year deal pending a physical, according to a report by ESPN on Wednesday.
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