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Supreme Court Rejects San Jose's Appeal Of A's Move

Oct 5, 2015 1:08 PM

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from San Jose in the northern California city's bid to lure the Athletics from Oakland.

The justices on Monday left in place lower court rulings that dismissed the city's antitrust claims against Major League Baseball, which blocked the Athletics' move to San Jose.

San Jose sued MLB in June 2013 for conspiring to block the relocation. San Jose is in Santa Clara County, part of the San Francisco Giants' territory under MLB's constitution.


Tags: Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants

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Santiago Casilla's 2016 Option With Giants Vests With 37th Save

Oct 3, 2015 8:23 PM

Santiago Casilla recorded his 37th save on Saturday and triggered his $6.5 million vesting option for the 2016 season with the San Francisco Giants in the process.

Casilla was already guaranteed a $1 million buyout if it did not vest.

Bruce Bochy said the Giants planned on picking up his option even if it hadn't vested.

Brad Johnson/MLBTradeRumors

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Hudson, Zito Will Face Off In Oakland On Saturday

Sep 23, 2015 7:09 AM

Former teammates Tim Hudson and Barry Zito will face off on Saturday when the San Francisco Giants visit the Oakland Athletics.

The game could be the last hurrah for both pitchers. Hudson has said he'll retire after the season, while Zito pitched at the Triple-A level all season hoping for another chance in the Major Leagues.

"It's icing," Zito, 37, said. "I came to peace with the fact that Omaha was my last start. I had an inning on the Sunday game. Monday was our last game. The team threw me a little party. We had a baseball pinata in there and a champagne shower, because I was thinking this probably would be it. I never came out officially [to retire] and obviously still kind of seeing what happens. I was hanging out at home. I definitely didn't think this was going to happen. This is all bonus, like triple-bonus situation right now."

In addition to the Hudson-Zito matchup, the Athletics plan to honor Hudson, Zito and Mark Mulder, formerly their Big Three, in a pregame ceremony on Sunday.

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Giants Could Bid On Yoenis Cespedes

Sep 21, 2015 6:44 AM

The San Francisco Giants have a solid core with considerable money coming off the payroll this winter, which could make them a suitor for Yoenis Cespedes.

San Francisco entered play on Monday at 78-71, 7.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. They are further back in the race for one of the league's two Wild Cards.

There is speculation within other organizations that the Giants will pursue Cespedes, although he may be pricing himself out of the club's comfort zone with his recent play as a member of the New York Mets.

Buster Olney/ESPN

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

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Nori Aoki Hopes Giants Will Pick Up $5.5M Option

Sep 14, 2015 7:05 AM

Nori Aoki hopes to remain with the San Francisco Giants.

Aoki, who is dealing with post-concussion symptoms, hasn't given up on returning to the club this season.

The Giants hold a $5.5 million option on the outfielder for 2016 and Aoki didn't record enough plate appearances to make the option mutual.

“I hope they pick it up because of the manager here and the players and staff,” said Aoki, through translator Kosuke Inaji. “I get along with everybody really well and I hope I’m back for next year. I want to compete for a championship here as well.”

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

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

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Matt Cain Has Adjusted Mechanics, Delivery

Sep 11, 2015 7:15 AM

Matt Cain worked on both his arm strength and delivery during a recent rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento.

The San Francisco Giants right-hander addressed what went wrong mechanically in the wake of elbow surgery and his effort to fix it.

"I got into a bad habit of dropping my elbow and pushing the ball to the plate," Cain said, "instead of getting on top of it and using some leverage to get it down in the strike zone."

His pitches were flat and his command took a hit as a result.

"It has to do with what the hitter sees," Cain said. "If the ball stays in the same plane a long time, it's easier to hit."

John Shea/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Tim Hudson Confirms He'll Retire After Season

Sep 9, 2015 4:41 PM

Tim Hudson has confirmed reports that he plans to retire after the season.

The 40-year-old has previously indicated that he would likely retire.

"This is definitely my last year, for sure," Hudson said. "It's the right thing to do. It's the right time for me and my family."

John Shea/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Giants, Mike Leake Interested In New Deal

Sep 8, 2015 7:23 AM

The San Francisco Giants and Mike Leake share mutual interest in a continued relationship.

The Giants acquired Leake in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds earlier this summer.

Leake, 27, has a 3.16 ERA in 25.2 innings with San Francisco and Bruce Bochy has been pleased with the right-hander.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Game Recap

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Giants Leaving Door Open For Lincecum To Return

Sep 4, 2015 4:11 PM

The San Francisco Giants are leaving the door open for Tim Lincecum to return despite season-ending hip surgery and the lack of a contract for 2016.

"My door will always be open for Tim Lincecum. That’s how much I think of him," Bruce Bochy said. "That's a decision that’s made on the baseball side, obviously with everybody. I appreciate what he's done and the time I've had to this point with him. It doesn't mean that won't continue. I can't answer that right now."

Lincecum, 31, hasn’t pitched since June 27. He has 108 wins and a 3.61 ERA in nine seasons and struck out at least 200 batters in four straight years. He’s in the final year of a two-year, $35 million contract.

"At this point, no one’s ruling anything out," Larry Baer said. "I don’t think Timmy is ruling it out, and I don’t think we’re ruling it out."

John Shea/San Francisco Chronicle

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

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Giants Get Alejandro De Aza From Red Sox

Sep 1, 2015 6:44 AM

The San Francisco Giants acquired Alejandro De Aza from the Boston Red Sox on Monday night in exchange for Class A pitcher Luis Ysla.

The clubs announced the deal about 40 minutes after Monday's midnight deadline for players traded to be eligible for postseason rosters.

The Red Sox reportedly will send $650,000 to the Giants as payment toward the roughly $833,000 left on De Aza's $5 million contract.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Giants Place Matt Cain On DL With Nerve Issue In Elbow
The Giants have recalled Chris Heston, who will pitch on Sunday against the Cardinals.

Arbitrator Rules Against Bonds In Collusion Case
MLB was informed this week that the arbitrator had ruled in its favor.

Peavy, Posey Lead Giants To Win Over Cubs
The Giants defeated the Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday night to snap Chicago's six-game winning streak.

Madison Bumgarner, Marlon Byrd Homer In Win Over Pirates
Giants' ace Madison Bumgarner leads all pitchers in batting average (.254), home runs (five) and RBI's (nine).

Giants Acquire Marlon Byrd From Reds
Cincinnati will receive Double-A right-hander Stephen Johnson.

Dieter Kurtenbach/KNBR

Giants Looking To Add Outfielder
The Giants are looking to add an outfielder, especially in the wake of Hunter Pence's oblique injury.

Henry Sculman/San Francisco Chronicle

Angels Still Hope To Acquire Chase Utley
The Angels believed they were close to acquiring Chase Utley on Friday and still hope to land the second baseman.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley
The Angels, Astros, Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Utley Seeks Playing-Time Assurance To Waive No-Trade
Chase Utley has drawn trade interest after clearing revocable waivers, but possesses full no-trade protection by way of ten-and-five rights.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Giants May Be Willing To Pay Tax For Chase Utley
The Giants have crossed a new payroll boundary and might continue to add salary before the Aug. 31 deadline for setting postseason rosters.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Bonds: 'Weight Lifted' With Federal Case Over
Barry Bonds says he feels a huge sense of relief since federal prosecutors dropped what was left of their criminal case against him last month after a nearly decade-long steroids prosecution.

Associated Press

Giants, Phillies Discussing Utley Trade
The two clubs are discussing prospects, which is an indication that talks are fairly advanced.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Utley Clears Waivers, Now Eligible For Trade
Chase Utley cleared waivers on Tuesday night and is now eligible to be traded by the Phillies.


Contenders Continue To Scout Chase Utley
The Cubs, Giants and Yankees all had scouts at Monday night's game between the Phillies and Diamondbacks.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Chase Utley Placed On Trade Waivers
Chase Utley still has 10-and-5 rights and could veto any trade of which he does not approve.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Giants Scouting Chase Utley
Chase Utley returned from the disabled list and went 4-for-10 over three games.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Giants Acquire Mike Leake From Reds For Adam Duvall, Keury Mella
Mike Leake was 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 21 starts for the Reds this season.

Giants Still Looking To Make 'Significant Upgrade'
The Giants continue to search for a starting pitching upgrade, although most of the options remaining are rentals.

Alex Pavlovic/CSN Bay Area

Five Teams Show Initial Interest In David Price
The Astros, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees are among the teams to show initial interest in David Price now that the Tigers are accepting offers.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Giants 'Fading' In Cole Hamels Derby
The Giants haven't been in touch with the Phillies over the last 24 hours, according to a source.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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