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Mlbtraderumors.com reported the Giants have traded backup catcher Chris Stewart to they New York Yankees for RHP George Kontos.
Stewart, 30, has been competing for the giants backup catcher position with Eli Whiteside (who missed the final cut) and rookie Hector Sanchez. Now, he returns to New York where he played one game for in 2008.
Last season for the Giants, Stewart was a terrific defensive backstop, but not so much an offensive threat. His line of .204/.283/.309 with three home runs (including his first in the big leagues) and 10 RBI.
The Giants received 26-year-old Kontos, who has spent the last six years in the Yankees farm system. Drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 amateur draft, Kontos has primarily played a righty reliever role in his career.
Last season in 89.1 innings pitched in AAA Scranton, Kontos recorded a 2.62 ERA and a 1.097 WHIP. His 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.6 walks per nine innings last year made up for a tidy 3.5 K:BB ratio.
Most likely starting this season in AAA Fresno, Kontos adds some pitching depth the Giants were starting to lack in their farm system.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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:
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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:
The San Francisco Giants have finally committed to Brandon Belt. Now the team has to figure out how to best use him.
After finishing 29th in runs last season, the Giants were in desperate need of some offense. While Belt’s transition to the majors last year wasn’t all that impressive, his .343/.457/.596 line in the minor leagues proved that he’s more than capable of being...
In 183 at-bats with the Giants last season, the 29-year-old (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stewach01.shtml) 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.
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.
I have to say that for all the complaints we Giants fans may have from time to time, I cannot say that management is incompetent. Cheap? Sometimes. Gunshy of big free agents? Yes. But inept? Absolutely not. With the group that reported to Scottsdale this spring, I really believe the best 24 came back to The City with the team."But Dodgerhater, isn't it a 25 man roster, not...
Because the Arizona Diamondbacks won the NL West in 2011, the road to the division crown in 2012 technically runs through them. But "technically" is about all the Giants, the D-backs' opponent on Opening Day, will concede.
As they await their season opener Friday at Chase Field, the Giants acknowledge the D-backs' place as NL West favorites by default, but they...
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....
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...
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.
It’s about damn time. Why do the Giants have to wait so long to get their opening day? This just means the Giants can’t go wire-to-wire now.
I’m ready. Are you?