Changing of the Guard: Pocketful of Posey

Last year, I was probably Buster Posey's greatest champion. Not only was he the obvious number one catcher, but my futuristic math indicated that in points leagues he had first round value. While he had first round numbers, I wasn't actually suggesting drafting him in the first round. This would have been a very foolish and easily avoidable mistake. The reason was simple. Buster...
Via Razzball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Are Orioles, Lincecum a good fit? Team said to be 'interested'

Free agent right-hander Tim Lincecum is still out there on the market, and the Baltimore Orioles are said to be one of the clubs with some level of interest. The report comes from Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, who notes that the O's interest level is 'unclear' at the moment...but that they're still in the mix. Lincecum, 31, saw his 2015 (and, likely, his tenure with the...
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2016 Fantasy Baseball: San Francisco Giants Team Preview

2015 Season in Review The San Francisco Giants hung in the  playoff hunt for the majority of the 2015 season but ultimately could not overcome their injuries and ended up finishing eight games back of the first place Dodgers. Key everyday contributors Hunter Pence and Joe Panik both missed a significant amount of time last year, and the Giants midseason acquisitions such as Marlon...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago  |  Discuss

NFL and law enforcement: No credible threat to Super Bowl 50

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) NFL security leaders and top law enforcement officials say there is ''no credible threat'' to Super Bowl 50. Jeffrey Miller, NFL senior vice president of security, planned to walk the perimeter of Levi's Stadium again Wednesday and he estimates it's approximately three to four miles around the facility in Santa Clara where Sunday's Super Bowl will be played between...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Strengthen Team in Time for Next Season

Since 2010, the San Francisco Giants have re-emerged as a downright dynasty in the National League. The team has won three World Series titles in the last six years and is now doing everything it can to shore up its chances of winning a ninth franchise title in the coming year. It’s been pointed out that the team went ahead and gave Madison Bumgarner all the money to ensure that...

What to make of Brandon Belt?

From the moment Brandon Belt burst onto the scene for the San Francisco Giants following their first championship season since moving from New York, he’s been tough to figure out. He homered in his second ever game for the Giants, to dead center field, off Chad Billingsly of the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. From that moment on, the expectations for Belt and the actual results have...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants, reliever Kontos reportedly agree to one-year deal

The San Francisco Giants and right-hander George Kontos reportedly have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal.According to multiple outlets, the Giants agreed to a one-year contract with the reliever on Monday, which reportedly is worth $1.15 million, per deal has yet to be officially announced by the club.In recent arbitration filings, Kontos submitted at...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Reliever George Kontos, Giants agree to $1.15M, 1-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Reliever George Kontos and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. Monday's agreement was $50,000 above the midpoint between the $1.35 million Kontos had asked for when arbitration figures were exchanged last month and the $850,000 offered by San Francisco. A 26-year-old right-hander, Kontos was...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants’ new generation should drive 2016

Just like the namesake for the plaza outside AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants who inhabit the beautiful stadium it surrounds are aging considerably. That’s why it’s time for a new generation of faces to grace The City by the Bay. In the past, the Giants have relied on the likes of Brandon Belt and Buster Posey to deliver offensively. But considering the average length...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants rumors: Designated Hitter edition

I know what you’re thinking; but Mike, there’s no designated hitter for the San Francisco Giants. They’re in the National League! You must be sorely misinformed about baseball. But! *Screen crawl* DH WARS! There was a small disturbance in the force early last week. Millions of fans screamed out in terror (or excitement), and then were suddenly silenced when Commissioner Manfred...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Giants’ 2016 Season Looks a Lot like 2002

Following the 2001 baseball season the San Francisco Giants faced a challenging problem: how to retool a 25 man roster that had a solid core of talented players but still lacked a number of critical pieces. That Giants team also had a recent history of success, making the post season twice in the previous five years. In 1997 the Giants lost the League Division Series 3-0 to the Florida...
Via The Giants Cove
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the San Francisco Giants’ Even-Year Superstition Continue Without ‘The Freak’?

The San Francisco Giants’ pitching ace Tim ‘The Freak’ Lincecum has been suffering from a degenerative hip condition, that has ensured his inactivity since June last year. Since then, Lincecum has undergone hip repair surgery, which was projected to heal entirely after a period of five or six months. While his recovery period comes to an end, and as baseball season draws nearer...
Via The Sports Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 San Francisco Giants ZiPS Projections

Pitchers and catchers are almost upon us and that means more projections. Dan Szymborski of ESPN has released his ZiPS San Francisco Giants projections and they are fascinating. First, the hitters. This isn’t a surprise: Buster Posey is projected to lead the team in home runs with 18, RBIs with 86, OPS+ at 133, and zWAR […]
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

MySpace founder offers to pay the Giants to re-sign Tim Lincecum

If the San Francisco Giants wind up making a bid to bring long-time starter Tim Lincecum back to The Bay for another hurrah, they may be getting a boost from a surprise donor: Tom from MySpace. Tom Anderson, the founder of the now all-but-defunct social network MySpace, took to Twitter on Tuesday to publicly offer that should the Giants re-sign Lincecum, he would foot the bill....
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants have been in contact with Tim Lincecum

Once a back-to-back Cy Young award winner, Tim Lincecum remains on the free agent market looking for his next contract. Four rough seasons and a hip surgery in September have sucked the value out of the now 31-year-old right hander who has spent his entire major league career with the San Francisco Giants. Giants general manager Bobby Evans tld teh San Francisco Chronicle that the...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: 2016 Offseason Report Card

Following up a World Series championship season is never an easy task — expectations are high, and sometimes unfairly so. This may not have been the case for the 2015 San Francisco Giants, but the season was somewhat disappointing nonetheless. The Giants finished with a respectable record of 84-78, but unfortunately that was nowhere near […]
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 ZiPS Projections – San Francisco Giants

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the San Francisco Giants. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Big-spending Giants have baseball’s best bargain in Madison Bumgarner

The San Francisco Giants opened up their wallets this winter, and as a result they’ll have one of baseball’s most expensive starting rotations. Take a look at the 2016 salaries of their four most expensive starters: Matt Cain: $21 million Johnny Cueto: $15.8 million Jake Peavy: $15 million Jeff Samardzija: $10.8 million That’s a whole lot of money tied up in starting pitching...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Big-spending Giants have baseball’s best bargain in Madison Bumgarner

The San Francisco Giants opened up their wallets this winter, and as a result they’ll have one of baseball’s most expensive starting rotations. Take a look at the 2016 salaries of their four most expensive starters: Matt Cain: $21 million Johnny Cueto: $15.8 million Jake Peavy: $15 million Jeff Samardzija: $10.8 million That’s a whole lot of money tied up in starting pitching...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Major Questions for the San Francisco Giants in 2016

The Giants had a disappointing season in 2015, missing out on the playoffs after winning the World Series the year before.  The team is all but guaranteed another World Championship in 2016, given that it’s an even year, but the front office didn’t take any chances, making several big moves in free agency. The Giants […]
Via Baseball Essential
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Cueto’s Lost Counts

Way back on April 11 of last year, when the Matt Williams-led Nationals were still World Series favorites and Jed Lowrie was still the starting shortstop for the Astros, an unassuming at-bat took place between Matt Carpenter and Johnny Cueto in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cueto, facing his 45th batter of the season, quickly got ahead in the count, 0-2, spotting consecutive fastballs on the...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: analyzing the 2016 lineup

Now that the San Francisco Giants have finally landed a solid left fielder in Denard Span, the front office is most likely done making any major moves. The lineups and rotation are nailed down for the most part. The lineup is most likely going to look something like this: 1) Denard Span – LF/CF 2) Joe Panik – 2B 3) Matt Duffy – 3B 4) Buster Posey – C 5) Hunter Pence –...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeremy Affeldt Adds Huge Back Tattoo

Jeremy Affeldt ended his 14-year big league career as the 2015 season came to a close. This weekend, the former pitcher hit social media to show his fans exactly what he’s been up to over the past three months or, at least, a good chunk of his Saturday. 3.5 hours later Here it is!!!!! #painthreshholdreached have to do the shading later! Epic! #didntcry #boom! #darkagetattoo...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

1B Brandon Belt, Giants exchange salary arbitration figures

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) First baseman Brandon Belt has asked for a $7.5 million salary for the 2016 season from the San Francisco Giants, who are offering $5.3 million. The salary arbitration numbers were exchanged Friday. While Giants general manager Bobby Evans has regularly brought up the idea this offseason of a possible multiyear deal for Belt, nothing has been done yet. Belt...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs acquire reliever Cody Hall from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have traded right-hander Cody Hall to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash considerations.The Giants had designated Hall for assignment last week when they signed outfielder Denard Span and ended up trading him to Arizona on Wednesday.Hall spent most of last season at Triple-A in Sacramento, where he went 1-3 with a 3...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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