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Outfielder Gregor Blanco finalizes two-year deal with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Outfielder Gregor Blanco finalized his $7.5 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, a deal that covers his final two arbitration seasons. Blanco will earn $3.6 million in salary this season and $3.9 million for 2016. With the acquisition of new left fielder Nori Aoki this week, Blanco is likely to fill in at the outfield positions...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

With Declining Scoring Trends, Defense Matters More Than Ever

Small ball and pitching. We remember it, It bagged us a championship in 1969. It was a staple of competitive play in the National League in the early 80’s when Whitey Herzog’s Cardinals made all manner of problems for the rest of the league. It’s also a prominent feature of a current Giants dynasty that seems to win a World Series every other year. People talk about how good...
Via Mets Merized Online
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Giants, OF Blanco agree on 2-year, $7.5M deal

  Outfielder Gregor Blanco and the San Francisco Giants reached agreement on a $7.5 million, two-year contract to avoid arbitration, a person with knowledge of the deal said Sunday. Blanco will earn $3.6 million in salary this season and $3.9 million for 2016. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't made a formal announcement. The 31-year-old Blanco could...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

AP Source: Giants, OF Gregor Blanco agree on 2-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A person with knowledge of the agreement says outfielder Gregor Blanco and the San Francisco Giants have reached a $7.5 million, two-year contract to avoid arbitration. Blanco will earn $3.6 million in salary this season and $3.9 million for 2016. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the team hadn't made a formal announcement. The 31-year...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Sign Nori Aoki to One-Year Deal

All the hand-wringing and stressing by Giants fans and beer-drunk KNBR callers can now end. The speculation is over. The Giants have themselves a left fielder, as the team signed outfielder Nori Aoki to a one-year, $4 million deal on Friday. Aoki, who played for the Kansas City Royals last season and whom the Giants saw plenty of in the World Series, figures to get the bulk of the...
Via BaySportsNet
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants avoid arbitration with outfielder Gregor Blanco

Since joining the Giants, Gregor Blanco has been the model fourth outfielder. Blanco, 31, has the ability to play all three outfield positions and will now be rewarded by the Giants with a new two-year deal worth $7.5 million that buys out his first two years of arbitration. Best used as a part-time player, Blanco’s best asset is his versatility but he does also offer some speed...
Via Tireball.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Giants, free-agent OF Aoki agree to one-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO -- After losing to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, Nori Aoki joined them. The free agent outfielder agreed Friday to a $4.7 million, one-year contract with San Francisco, a person with knowledge of the agreement said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Aoki gives the Giants a proven outfielder to join regular...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants fill outfield hole with Nori Aoki on one-year deal

One of the last remaining offensive forces on the free agent market has signed – Nori Aoki is heading to the San Francisco Giants on a one-year deal for $4.7 million guaranteed. I'm told Nori Aoki agreed to one-year deal with #sfgiants. Fills hole in outfield. — John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 16, 2015 aoki gets $4.7M guarantee. $4M salary for 2015, plus 700K buyout on...
Via Bloguin Best
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants fill outfield hole with Nori Aoki on one-year deal

One of the last remaining offensive forces on the free agent market has signed – Nori Aoki is heading to the San Francisco Giants on a one-year deal for $4.7 million guaranteed. I'm told Nori Aoki agreed to one-year deal with #sfgiants. Fills hole in outfield. — John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 16, 2015 aoki gets $4.7M guarantee. $4M salary for 2015, plus 700K buyout on...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

NO, the Royals Shouldn’t Have Waved Alex Gordon Home

We almost witnessed one of the most incredible World Series finishes ever last night, as Royals outfielder Alex Gordon flicked a simple 2-out base hit to left center the  9th inning of Game 7. However, Giants centerfielder Gregor Blanco botched the play and allowed Gordon to easily reach third base…but should Royals’ third base coach Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants defeat Kansas City Royals in Historic World Series Game 7

The Kansas City Royals had a great shot at winning its first World Series in 29 years.  But unfortunately for the Royals and its long-suffering fans, Madison Bumgarner, the San Francisco Giants ace wasn’t having it.  On two days of rest, he made a relief appearance in the fifth inning to pitch five shut out innings.  Bumgarner’s outstanding pitching performance sealed the...
Via All Sports Everything
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Win Third World Series In Five Years With Game 7 Win Vs. Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons. With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason...
Via NESN.com
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Four questions for Game 6 of the World Series

Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel The 3-2 World Series deficit facing the Kansas City Royals has them in desperate need of a win. Despite trailing the resilient San Francisco Giants, don’t expect the Royals to be anxious during Game 6. Kansas City will be supported by an energetic home crowd that should have a considerable impact on the players. When watching Game 6, here are four questions...
Via Reading Between The Seams
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Bullpen Roughed up as Giants Tie the Series at Two

The good news is that the Royals can now win the World Series in front of their home crowd. The other good news is that the Giants could have scored a hundred runs, and the series would’ve still been tied. The bad news is that Madison Bumgarner goes for the Giants tomorrow, and we managed virtually nothing off of him in game one of the series. Tonight’s game got off to...
Via Royals Blue
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

World Series MVP Watch – Game 3

Throughout the World Series, we’ll be keeping an eye on the race to win the World Series MVP. After each game we’ll rank the top candidates for the award based on their performance and intangible worthiness for the big honor. Another game, another leader atop the World Series MVP Watch. We finally got ourselves a tightly contested game, but failed to have any real heroes emerge...
Via The Outside Corner
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Ventura Has Proven Himself Big League Ready…..Again

You knew they weren’t going down without a fight. Time and time again this year, the Royals have fallen behind and been beaten down. After a Gregor Blanco solo shot to open the game, the “Here we go again” narratives began writing themselves. Enter Billy Butler and the Royals offense. Shut down the night before by one of the game’s premiere pitchers, the bats came alive and...
Via Pine Tar Press
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

World Series MVP Watch – Game 2

Throughout the World Series, we’ll be keeping an eye on the race to win the World Series MVP. After each game we’ll rank the top candidates for the award based on their performance and intangible worthiness for the big honor. With another lopsided victory in Game 2, no true heroes have yet emerged to become obvious MVP frontrunners. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty...
Via The Outside Corner
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants OF Gregor Blanco Makes World Series History With Lead-Off Home Run

After tearing up Kansas City in Game One the Giants would like nothing more than to rip the Royals again in their house before heading back to the City by the Bay. It certainly looked promising for the G-Men when Gregor Blanco hit a lead-off home run to give the Giants an early 1-0 lead.As it turns out it wasn't just any old home run though. Read more »
Via FatManWriting
October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

World Series MVP Watch – Game 1

Throughout the World Series, we’ll be keeping an eye on the race to win the World Series MVP. After each game we’ll rank the top candidates for the award based on their performance and intangible worthiness for the big honor. After a lopsided Game 1, the frontrunners for the awards are fairly obvious, but we have plenty of games left to play. Until then, start getting excited...
Via The Outside Corner
October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Is James Shields’ Changeup Overrated?

Before this pitch, you might have heard a lot about James Shields‘ changeup being the best righty change in the business. But early in the game, both Gregor Blanco and Brandon Belt managed to touch the pitch for singles. They aren’t alone this year. In terms of whiff rate, James Shields‘ changeup ranked 55th of […]
Via Fangraphs
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Five keys for the Giants in the World Series

The San Francisco Giants are four wins away from their third World Series championship in five seasons, which is pretty unbelievable considering the franchise went 56 years between their last title and their first one in this current run. It’s been a pretty incredible few years for a team that, for whatever reason, no one ever seems to think can win it all. Standing in the way...
Via The Outside Corner
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Five keys for the Giants in the World Series

The San Francisco Giants are four wins away from their third World Series championship in five seasons, which is pretty unbelievable considering the franchise went 56 years between their last title and their first one in this current run. It’s been a pretty incredible few years for a team that, for whatever reason, no one ever seems to think can win it all. Standing in the way...
Via Bloguin Best
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants’ Walk-Off Bunt Among Bizarre Moments In Postseason History (Photos)

There have been countless miraculous endings to playoff games throughout MLB postseason history, some crazier than others. The San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Oct. 14 thanks to Gregor Blanco’s walk-off sacrifice bunt. The Giants went on to win the NLCS four games to one to advance to the World Series...
Via NESN.com
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The Giants’ Role Players Shine

Anybody in baseball could have had these guys. Gregor Blanco, Yusmeiro Petit, Javier Lopez. Sure, the Giants spent a little to get them, but that little has meant a lot to them in return. All three came up huge in Wednesday’s Game Five victory. And the tweaks those players made to get where they are […]
Via Fangraphs
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Cards' 6th-inning miscues has Giants on verge of NL pennant

SAN FRANCISCO — The seventh inning has been home to the St. Louis Cardinals’  special blend of playoff “devil magic.” The San Francisco Giants’ answer? Beat them to it. With two quirky infield plays in the bottom of the sixth — both revolving around St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams — the Giants took the lead in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series for...
Via Fox Sports
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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