San Francisco Giants Wiretap

Giants May Open Season With Five Outfielders On Roster

Feb 20, 2017 6:57 AM

The San Francisco Giants may open the season with five outfielders on the roster in an effort to give both Hunter Pence and Denard Span time off.

Teams often carry five outfielders, but it's not commonplace for the Giants, who frequently carry extra pitchers.

Pence and Span, who will both be 33 when the season starts, have a history of injuries.

Chris Haft/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

Giants, Madison Bumgarner Haven't Discussed Extension

Feb 14, 2017 7:24 AM

Madison Bumgarner says the San Francisco Giants haven't yet begun talks regarding a contract extension.

Bumgarner was reminded by a reporter that the Giants have frequently broken news at the annual Play Ball luncheon held shortly before the season starts.

"If there's something like that with me, it's going to start after today, because there ain't nothin' happened yet," Bumgarner said.

Bumgarner could command close to the $35.5 million that Clayton Kershaw will receive this year. He will earn $11.5 million this season and is guaranteed $12 million next year.

Chris Haft/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Brian Wilson Attempting Comeback As Knuckleballer

Feb 9, 2017 7:41 AM

Brian Wilson is planning a comeback to baseball as a knuckleballer.

Wilson, who reportedly threw for at least two teams recently, hasn't pitched professionally since 2014.

"It was kinda good to lay back and figure out what I wanted," Wilson said. "It feels like a new leaf."

Wilson relied mostly on his fastball and slider previously. At 35, he's had two Tommy John surgeries.

"I always said that once my career was over I was coming back as a knuckleballer," he said. "I'm good with it. Man, I get to play a game. It's going to be pretty fun."

Wilson also sees himself transiting to a starter.


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Gordon Beckham Agrees To Minor League Deal With Giants

Feb 8, 2017 4:39 PM

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a Minor League deal with Gordon Beckham and extended a spring training invitation to the veteran as well.

If he makes the Major League roster, Beckham will earn $1.25 million.

The Giants acquired Beckham in a trade with the Atlanta Braves last Sept. 27 for the season's final week, when second baseman Eduardo Nunez was injured.

Associated Press

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Dodgers Reportedly Agree On Deal With Sergio Romo

Feb 4, 2017 2:17 PM

The Dodgers have agreed to a contract with former Giants reliever Sergio Romo, according to's Jon Paul Morosi.

The club has not confirmed the signing, which's Jesse Sanchez reports is for one year and is pending a physical examination. Romo was the Giants' primary closer in 2013 and '14, when he recorded a combined 61 saves. He pitched well in a setup role in '15 and '16, compiling a 2.64 ERA last season, while limited to 40 appearances because of a forearm flexor strain.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Giants, Nick Hundley Agree To One-Year, $2M Deal

Jan 24, 2017 5:23 PM

The Giants have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with Nick Hundley to serve as the backup catcher to Buster Posey.

Hundley passed a physical, and his deal was announced Tuesday.

He batted .260 with 10 home runs and 48 RBIs in 83 games for Colorado last season, starting 77 games behind the plate.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Report: Giants Working On Deal With Infielder Jae-gyun Hwang

Jan 24, 2017 2:31 AM

The San Francisco Giants were working Monday to finalize a minor league contract with South Korean infielder Jae-gyun Hwang, who could provide some insurance at third base.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Monday the deal is not yet complete and would include an invitation to big league spring training if Hwang passes a physical.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Santiago Casilla Returns To A's On Two-Year Deal

Jan 20, 2017 4:06 PM

The Oakland Athletics have signed Santiago Casilla to a two-year contract.

Casilla returns to the Athletics after spending seven seasons with the San Francisco Giants.

The A's could use Casilla as a late-inning options, including a possible role in the ninth inning.

"To be able to sign an experienced late-inning reliever who has performed in multiple World Series games makes our bullpen deeper and obviously better," Bob Melvin said. "Great sign for us."

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Willie McCovey Pardoned By Barack Obama

Jan 18, 2017 8:22 AM

Willie McCovey was one of 273 people to be pardoned or have their sentences commuted by Barack Obama on Tuesday.

"I want to express my sincere gratitude to President Obama not only for this kind gesture on my behalf, but also for his tireless service to all Americans," McCovey said. "He will be deeply missed and I wish him all the best in the future."

McCovey pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 1995 and received two years probation and a $5,000 fine. The charge stemmed from unreported income received from memorabilia shows.

"The only thing I'd like to say is, well, I've always tried to do the right things," McCovey told a federal judge at his sentencing hearing in 1996. "I have never willingly tried to cheat the government, and it's one of those things that was overlooked at the time and I do accept responsibility for it."

McCovey, now a senior adviser for the San Francisco Giants, turned 79 on Jan. 10.


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

Several Clubs Interested In Brian Dozier

Dec 27, 2016 12:55 AM

Coming off a season in which he set the AL record for home runs by a second baseman, Brian Dozier has been the center of trade talks since the Winter Meetings. The Dodgers have been in talks with the Twins to try and acquire his services, but Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News in Minnesota reports Los Angeles is not alone.

The Cardinals have joined the Dodgers as a team that is "very much" in the running to land Dozier, according to Wolfson, who added the Nationals and Giants also "remain in dialogue" with the Twins.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Report: Giants To Sign Morse, Ruggiano To Minor-League Deals
Michael Morse's last productive season was in 2014 with the Giants organization.

Jimmy Rollins Signs Minor League Deal With Giants
The deal will pay Jimmy Rollins $1 million if he makes the major league roster, according to a source.


Record Six Teams To Pay Luxury Tax This Season
The Dodgers will have to pay a luxury tax of $31.8M this season.

Giants, Yankees Aren't Seriously Pursuing Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista isn't drawing serious interest from the Yankees or Giants, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Giants May Wait Until Next Winter To Extend Madison Bumgarner
Madison Bumgarner is the lowest-paid pitcher in the Giants' starting rotation and the club has been open to contract options with the three-time World Series champion.

John Shea/San Francisco Chronicle

Giants, Mark Melancon Agree To Four-Year, $62M Deal
Mark Melancon finished with a combined 47 saves and 1.64 ERA in 71⅓ innings over his 75 appearances, for the Pirates and Nationals last season.

Dexter Fowler, Blue Jays Apart In Talks; Cardinals Remain Possibility
Dexter Fowler is reportedly seeking a deal worth $18 million annually.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Mark Melancon Has Multiple Long-Term Offers
The Giants, Nationals, and possibly one other team have reportedly made four year offers for free-agent closer Mark Melancon.

Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays Interested In Dexter Fowler
The Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays are believed to be interested in Dexter Fowler, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Giants Deny Interest In Pablo Sandoval
A Boston Herald report on Saturday cited a baseball source claiming the Giants had discussed bringing back Pablo Sandoval.

Giants, Tigers Could Be Match On J.D. Martinez Trade
The Tigers are looking to trim payroll and the Giants need a corner infielder, which may make a J.D. Martinez trade an option.

Jason Beck/MLB

Giants Add Phil Nevin To Coaching Staff
Phil Nevin played under Bruce Bochy with the Padres from 1999 to the 2005 trade deadline.

Giants 'Legitimately Intrigued' By Greg Holland
The Giants are "legitimately intrigued" by Greg Holland and will attend his upcoming showcase, according to a report.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Giants Sign Josh Johnson To Minor League Deal
Giants GM Bobby Evans says it's still undetermined if Josh Johnson will be invited to the big league camp during spring training.

Giants Ready To Discuss New Contract With Madison Bumgarner
The Giants have informed Madison Bumgarner and his representatives that they are ready to begin discussions on a new contract.

Associated Press

Postseason Home Runs Coming At Record Clip
After we saw a jump in home runs during the regular season, the spike has carried over into the playoffs.

Jeff Sullivan/ESPN

Santiago Casilla Laments Not Being Used In Season-Ending Loss
Santiago Casilla was in tears at his locker on Tuesday night after the Giants were eliminated by the Cubs in the NLDS.


Jake Arrieta Homers Off Madison Bumgarner, Puts Cubs In Record Books
The Cubs became just the second team in Major League history to have two pitchers hit home runs in the same postseason series when Jake Arrieta took Madison Bumgarner deep in the second inning on Mond

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Giants To Start Jeff Samardzija In Game 2
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will pitch Game 3 on Monday in San Francisco.

Late HR From Javier Baez Gives Cubs Win Over Giants
The game was highlighted by a classic pitching duel between Jon Lester and Johnny Cueto.