San Francisco Giants Wiretap

Giants Deny Stretch Routine Created Friction

Jun 27, 2017 4:53 PM

The San Francisco Giants have denied a report by Ken Rosenthal that a change in their relievers' pregame stretch time created friction at the beginning of the team's disappointing season.

The change in stretch time was initiated by Mark Melancon.

Rosenthal reported that Melancon requested a change during the early season in the bullpen's stretch time preceding night games from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, allowing each reliever to complete his daily workout routine.

The report stated players were increasingly late for the stretching sessions, prompting Bruce Bochy to convene a team meeting about a month ago to address that issue and others.

"I dropped the ball," Bochy told Rosenthal. "I've been doing this so long, you take for granted that they know what I want. These guys were used to doing it how they've done it -- 'I have my own routine. I'm not going to stretch.' But we do stretch as a team here. They all have to be out there."

More than one player pointed out that multiple people convened during the season-opening series at Arizona to agree upon a revised stretch time.

"I'm shocked," Melancon said. "But honestly, if this is the thing that we can point out and say this is the reason for the bad year so far, then please bring it on. We're talking about stretching, right? Stretching."

Bochy dismissed the fuss. "It's a non-story for me," he said, adding that belaboring the issue would be the equivalent to "pole vaulting over mouse turds."

Chris Haft/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

Giants Promote Ryder Jones; DFA Aaron Hill

Jun 25, 2017 1:00 AM

Ryder Jones, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Sacramento, was immediately thrust into San Francisco's lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets and their formidable right-hander, Jacob deGrom. Jones went 0-for-4 in the Giants' 5-2 loss.

To clear roster space room for Jones, the Giants designated veteran infielder Aaron Hill for assignment. A non-roster invitee to Spring Training, Hill batted .132 with four extra-base hits and seven RBIs in 34 games with the Giants this season.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

Giants Haven't Yet Had 'Open For Business' Meeting

Jun 20, 2017 8:17 AM

The San Francisco Giants have an aging roster that is 20 games back of first place in the National League West.

Still, the front office has yet to have an "open for business" meeting, according to sources, as the club focused on last week's amateur draft.

The Giants have potential trade chips in Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore, but none of the pitchers have been approached about a move.

Alex Pavlovic/CSN Bay Area

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

MLB Upholds Hunter Strickland's Six-Game Suspension

Jun 20, 2017 7:56 AM

Hunter Strickland began serving a six-game suspension Monday for brawling with Bryce Harper on May 29 after his appeal was denied by Major League Baseball.

Strickland plunked Harper on the right hip with a 98 mph fastball, igniting an eighth-inning fight between the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals.

Harper was suspended for four games, which was reduced to three games after his appeal. He has already served the penalty.

John McHale Jr., a special assistant to baseball Rob Manfred, denied Strickland's appeal, which means the pitcher will miss all four games of a series set to begin Monday in Atlanta against the Atlanta Braves, as well as the first two games of a weekend series in San Francisco against the New York Mets.

Associated Press

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Arenado Completes Cycle With Walk-Off, Three-Run HR

Jun 19, 2017 12:58 AM

With one dramatic swing, Nolan Arenado gave the Colorado Rockies a thrilling victory and finished off his rare feat at the plate.

Arenado completed the cycle with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Rockies stunned the San Francisco Giants by rallying for a 7-5 win Sunday.

Tags: Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

2017 MLB Draft First Round Results

Jun 13, 2017 9:11 AM

The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:

  1. Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
  2. Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
  3. Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
  4. Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
  5. Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  6. Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
  7. Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  8. Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
  9. Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
  10. Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
  11. White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
  12. Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
  13. Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
  14. Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
  15. Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  16. Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
  17. Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
  18. Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
  19. Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
  20. Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
  21. Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
  22. Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
  23. Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  24. Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
  25. Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
  26. Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
  27. Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida

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Rangers Trade Sam Dyson To Giants

Jun 7, 2017 8:06 AM

The San Francisco Giants have acquired Sam Dyson from the Texas Rangers.

The Giants will also receive cash while sending a player to be named later to the Rangers.

Dyson was designated for assignment last week after a terrible start to the 2017 season.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Giants Activate Hunter Pence; Option Christian Arroyo To Triple-A

Jun 4, 2017 1:13 PM

The Giants activated outfielder Hunter Pence from the disabled list on Sunday and optioned rookie infielder Christian Arroyo to Triple-A Sacramento.

Pence has been sidelined since May 13 with a left hamstring strain.

Arroyo, 22, is hitting .192 with three home runs and 14 RBIs this season. The Giants promoted Arroyo last month after he hit .446 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 16 games with Sacramento.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Injury, Misc Rumor

Buster Posey Told By Giants To 'Stay Out Of Pile'

May 30, 2017 7:55 PM

During Monday's brawl between Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper, Buster Posey was noticeable by his absence. 

After Strickland hit Harper on the hip with a fastball, Posey didn't move in an attempt to intervene and diffuse the situation. As Harper yelled and motioned at Strickland, Posey continued to stand behind home plate and chose to not enter the fray as the benches cleared.

“Given his injury that took him out for a whole year, that has everything to do with it… Imagine what this team would be like without him. You have to know what he’s been told – ‘stay out of the pile.’ And you have to know the corner infielders have been told he’s not gonna be there, you need to protect. And you saw Michael Morse come in and that was his main job. Basically, Buster’s responding the way he’s been told. Buster has no choice,” Giants' color announcer Mike Krukow said.

“It is extremely hard for Buster not to get in that pile. So know that. But, I’m just saying, and I’m not gonna tell you who told him, I’m just saying that he’s been told, ’stay out of the pile,’” Krukow said.

Posey also was likely upset with Strickland for hitting Harper, which will make him a target for the Nationals during the remainder of the series.


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals

Hunter Strickland Suspended Six Games, Bryce Harper Gets Four

May 30, 2017 7:01 PM

Discipline has been issued to both Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper as a result of the bench-clearing incident that occurred in the top of the eighth inning of Monday's game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. 

Strickland has received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally hitting Harper with a pitch, inciting the bench-clearing incident and fighting. Harper has received a four-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for charging the mound, throwing his helmet and fighting.

The suspensions had been scheduled to be effective on Tuesday, when the Clubs are to continue their series in San Francisco. However, both players have elected to appeal. Thus, the respective discipline issued to each player will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Suspension

Buster Posey Hits 17th Inning HR To Beat Reds
Giants catcher Buster Posey caught 269 pitches in Friday night's marathon game in San Francisco.

Five Teams Watched Doug Fister Throw Last Week
The Angels, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Giants and Mets had scouts in attendance to watch Doug Fister throw in California last week.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Brandon Crawford To Play Rehab Game At Double-A Richmond
Brandon Crawford will play six innings to test his strained groin on Monday.

Giants, Brewers Have Discussed Ryan Braun Trade
The Giants have discussed a potential Ryan Braun trade with the Brewers, but the Brewers wanted both salary relief and good players in return.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Madison Bumgarner Won't Need Surgery, Likely Out 2 Months
Madison Bumgarner will wear a sling on his pitching arm for at least another week and is likely to miss approximately two months.

Associated Press

Madison Bumgarner Calls Dirt Bike Accident 'Freak Deal'
Madison Bumgarner called his recent dirt bike accident a "freak deal" and took some responsibility for his poor decision.

Associated Press

Madison Bumgarner On DL Following Dirt Bike Accident
Madison Bumgarner sustained injuries to his ribs and throwing shoulder.


Angel Pagan Won't Play MLB This Season
Angel Pagan, however, left the door open for a possible return in 2018.


Bruce Bochy Undergoes Heart Procedure, Will Miss Series
Bruce Bochy has undergone a minor heart procedure and will miss the Giants' two-game series in Kansas City this week.


Giants' Jarrett Parker Breaks Collarbone
Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker crashed into the wall making a running catch on Saturday.

Buster Posey 'Doing Good' After Fastball To Helmet
Buster Posey was doing well on Monday night after being struck in the helmet by a 94 mph fastball from Taijuan Walker.

Associated Press

Giants, Melvin Upton Jr. Agree To Minor League Deal
Melvin Upton Jr. hit .238 with 20 home runs with the Padres and Blue Jays in 2016.

Bumgarner Sets MLB Opening Day Record For Pitchers With Two HRs
Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner hit two home runs against the D-Backs on Sunday.

Giants Choose Neil Ramirez Over Steven Okert For Bullpen
The Giants will option Steven Okert to Triple-A Sacramento.

Jimmy Rollins Told He Won't Make Giants
After hitting just .125 in 40 at-bats this spring, the Giants have informed Jimmy Rollins that he won't make the club.

Andrew Baggarly/East Bay Times

Angel Pagan To Decide On Club Soon
His performance at the World Baseball Classic increased his value.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Nationals Release Joe Nathan, Matt Albers
Joe Nathan had a 3.86 ERA this spring, and has no plans to retire.

Will Smith To Have Tommy John Surgery
Giants reliever Will Smith will have TJ surgery next week and will miss the entire 2017 season.

Barry Bonds Joining Giants As Special Adviser
Barry Bonds will assist Larry Baer and join the team at spring training.


Hensley Meulens Ready To Run MLB Club
Giants hitting coach Hensley Muelens has led the Netherlands to two straight extended runs in the WBC.