Found April 03, 2012 on The Crazy Crabbers:
ESPN just finished up ranking the top 500 players in Major League Baseball. Here is a look at how the Giants and the rest of the NL West fared. The Giants had 14 players in the top 500 which ranked last in the NL West but of the top 10 players had the highest average ranking of their top 10 players. In addition they had the most player in the top 50 and top 100. The Giants top players according to ESPN went: Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Buster Posey, Brian Wilson, Pablo Sandoval, Madison Bumgarner, Sergio Romo, Ryan Vogelsong, Melky Cabrera, Brandon Belt, Angel Pagan, Freddy Sanchez, Aubrey Huff and Nate Schierholtz. I was surprised by how high Wilson was ranked but I think that most people will rank closers higher than I would. On the flip side I was surprised that Romo was considered the 7th best player on the team, I would have thought that he would be lower. Belt has the potential to be much higher on this list but that really depends on if he will get playing tim...

Giants’ opening day roster, or; Belt to start at 1B, or; Seriously? Belt to start at 1B?!

The San Francisco Giants made a bunch of decisions today regarding who will and won’t play on their professional baseball team. The roster moves that are especially interesting regard the Giants’ lineup. Summary of lineup-related roster news: Hector Sanchez made the opening day roster over Eli Whiteside and will backup Buster Posey at catcher, which should give Sanchez enough...

Matt Cain extended for 5 years and the Giants probably overpaid

Matt Cain and the Giants have just agreed to the largest deal ever for a right handed pitcher. The #SFGiants have signed Matt Cain to a 5 year extension through the 2017 season with a club/vesting player option for the 2018 season. — San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 2, 2012 The team hasn't announced the exact figures of the deal but it has been reported...

Brian Wilson's velocity is still a concern

Brian Wilson had a quick 1,2,3 save last night and in the process got three strike outs but even though the results were nice there is still a nagging concern about the Giants closer, where is his mid 90's fastball? Here is his velocity chart from fangraphs with his last nights outing plotted down at the end with the orange dot: Click for larger view Wilson...

Predicting the Opening Day Roster

It’s been a long offseason, but the 2012 regular season is finally about to begin. The Giants will play their opener on the road, against Arizona; as of now, Tim Lincecum is set to start against Ian Kennedy. The Opening Day roster decisions will be announced tomorrow, prior to the team’s exhibition game against Oakland. Here’s my stab at what it’ll look like: Starting Lineup...

Cain a Giant through 2017!

Good for you, Giants front office, and good for you Matt Cain! Looks like the new deal is a five year, $112.5MM deal. My calculator tells me that the average is $22.5MM a year-- no joke. And hey, he'll be worth every penny. Just look at all the other teams that would've given him the same money to pitch for them.In my last article, I made a point to talk about market value...

Giants Ink Cain To Lucrative Five-Year Extension

The San Francisco Giants reached an agreement today with right-handed starter Matt Cain that will keep Cain in orange and black at least through the 2017 season. Cain was entering the last year of his contract and had set an Opening Day-deadline for a contract extension with the Giants. That deal is now official. The Giants will pay Cain $15 million for 2012 (the salary under his...

San Francisco Giants sign Matt Cain to $112 mil extension

The San Francisco Giants made a huge investment in the future of their pitching rotation Monday, signing right-hander Matt Cain to an 5-year, $112.5 million extension. The extension will make Cain one of the highest paid pitchers in the Majors. Here are a few details courtesy of Eye On Baseball: Cain was set to make [...]

Yanks Trade Cervelli to Giants for Chris Stewart

In 183 at-bats with the Giants last season, the 29-year-old ( hit .204/.283/.309 with 3 HR and 10 RBI. He also threw out 39% of runners trying to steal. Cervelli threw out just 14% in each of the last two years.

Giants 3, Athletics 2

Matt Cain's job stability is now in excellent shape for years to come. On Tuesday night, he pitched with a clear mind. Cain struck out six in five innings to cap an unbeaten spring, delivering in a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics a day after the two-time All-Star agreed to a $127.5 million, six-year contract that is the richest in baseball history for a right-hander....

2012 Organizational Rankings: #12 San Francisco

Dave Cameron laid out the methodology behind the rankings. Remember that the grading scale for each category is 20-80, with 50 representing league average. 2012 Organizational Rankings #30 – Baltimore #29 – Houston #28 – Oakland #27 – Pittsburgh #26 – San Diego #25 – Minnesota #24 – Chicago AL #23 – Seattle #22 – Kansas City #21 – Cleveland #20 – New York...

Giants 4, Athletics 2

Buster Posey took another big step in his comeback just by playing at home again after an injury-shortened season last year, and the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year didn't even need to do much in the San Francisco Giants' 4-2 exhibition win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. His mere presence on the field mattered most. Fans cheered when he stretched out in left field...

MLB News: Matt Cain and Joey Votto Hit Mega Millions Jackpot

The country might be in dire economic shape, but don’t tell that to the San Francisco Giants or the low market Cincinnati Reds who both set new benchmarks player compensation. Lets start with Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain who is now the richest right-handed pitcher in baseball after he agreed to a five-year contract extension that will guarantee him $127.5 million dollars...

Fear the Airplane!

Fear the beard! Not sure why Virgin Airlines would want you to fear traveling on its airplane, but apparently Giants’ closer Brian Wilson was the inspiration for Virgin to paint one of its planes in honor of Wilson and the Giants.  

Matt Cain Signs for $127.5 million and Other Fun Facts

As reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants just inked starting pitcher Matt Cain to a $127.5 million contract extension through 2017. Cain's contract numbers set an all time record for right-handed pitchers in a multi-year deal, and will average $22.5 million a year.Matt Cain was scheduled to finish a three...
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