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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Matt Cain Admits To Lingering Discomfort

Mar 25, 2015 8:39 AM

Matt Cain continues to progress in his recovery from elbow surgery, but admitted Tuesday that he is dealing with lingering discomfort.

Cain took another step toward rejoining the San Francisco Giants' season-opening starting rotation by throwing 75 pitches over five innings in a Triple-A exhibition against the Chicago Cubs.

"That was the whole goal, to get out there, get some innings in and get the pitch count [elevated]," Cain said. "My arm strength felt pretty good."

However, Cain acknowledged that he felt "a little bit sore" after some outings and even during them.

The 30-year-old pitcher was warned that he might experience days like this, particularly as he continues to adjust to throwing at full force.

"At first when it happens, you're not really used to it," said Cain, whose next start has yet to be scheduled. "So you have to lean on the trainers a lot and know that these guys have heard this before from guys who have gone through the same situation. You have to trust that those guys know what they're doing. And they have done a good job of trying to calm it down if it does get a little bit sore."

Chris Haft/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Madison Bumgarner Has No Regrets Over Team-Friendly Contract

Mar 23, 2015 5:01 PM

Madison Bumgarner has no regrets over the team-friendly contract he signed with the San Francisco Giants two years ago.

In the spring of 2013, the Giants offered the right-hander a five-year contract with two club options that would guarantee him $35 million.

Bumgarner will make $6.75 million this year, $9.75 million next year and the Giants will control his rights for three more seasons. He is due a guaranteed salary of $11.5 million in 2017, followed by those two club options worth at least $12 million per year.

He won't be able to take advantage of free agency until 2020.

"You know, that was life-changing money for me," Bumgarner said. "We're set, my family is set forever. And I had a year, barely, at that time. I didn't come (into the league) at 25 or 26 years old knowing exactly what I was going to be. I still had a lot of work to do. So for them to think that much of me, I was happy with that."

Bumgarner added that the contract was fair then, and is fair now.

"Now that things turned out the way they are, it's easy to ask these questions," Bumgarner said. "But you know what, that's good. I want to be asked these questions. It's a lot better than the other way around."

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

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

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Red Sox Seeking Trade Partner For Craig

Mar 19, 2015 7:50 AM

The Boston Red Sox are trying to find a trade partner for Allen Craig.

They have had some of their top pro scouts around the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Giants Aren't Pursuing Outfield Help

Mar 18, 2015 8:19 AM

The San Francisco Giants are not actively pursuing outfield help, despite Hunter Pence's recent injury.

If the club decides to pursue help, they'll look for a power bat.

San Francisco did call the Boston Red Sox about Allen Craig, but found that the Red Sox weren't interested in "selling low" on Craig.

Peter Gammons

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

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Former AL MVP Al Rosen Dies At 91

Mar 14, 2015 7:49 PM

Al Rosen, the third baseman who won the 1953 American League MVP and played on the last Cleveland Indians team to win the World Series, has died. He was 91.

The Indians said Rosen died Friday night. The team did not provide any other details.

Rosen played his entire career with Cleveland from 1947 to 1956. He was a member of the Indians' 1948 World Series title team, playing only five games that season and getting one at-bat in the series win over the Boston Braves.

Rosen was also an executive for both the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants.

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Sandoval Fires Back At Huff's Claims On Facebook

Mar 14, 2015 1:33 AM

While the Giants have been measured in their response to comments made by Pablo Sandoval explaining his decision to leave and sign with the Red Sox this offseason, former San Francisco teammate Aubrey Huff did not exercise the same restraint.

And Sandoval fired back Friday.

"Who is Aubrey Huff?" Sandoval asked in response to a post made by the former first baseman on Facebook. "What is important here is to see where the person who made those comments is, and where I am now, that's what counts."

"I'm pretty sure their (sic) wasn't a tear shed on behalf of all the players, and the coaches when he signed with Boston," Huff's Facebook post from earlier in the week.

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Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers

Mar 12, 2015 8:03 AM

Hector Olivera is considering several offers in the four- to six-year range, and the infielder could come to terms with a team this week, according to sources.

The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.

Olivera is believed to be Major League-ready.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

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Giants, White Sox, Yankees Pursued Jason Heyward Trade

Mar 10, 2015 4:48 PM

The New York Yankees approached the Atlanta Braves about acquiring Jason Heyward this offseason before he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.

While the Yankees asked about Heyward, the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants actually came closer to landing the outfielder.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sandoval: Giants Made It Easy To Leave

Mar 9, 2015 3:18 PM

Pablo Sandoval felt disrespected by the San Francisco Giants and knew as early as spring training last season that he would leave the team as a free agent.

Sandoval told Bleacher Report that it wasn't hard at all to leave the Giants after winning a third World Series title in five years and that the only people in the organization he misses are Bruce Bochy and Hunter Pence.

"If you want me around, you make the effort to push and get me back," said Sandoval, who signed with the Boston Red Sox this offseason.

He told the website that the offer from the Giants that he turned down in the offseason was more lucrative than the a five-year, $95 million contract that he signed with the Red Sox. 

"The Giants made a good offer, but I didn't want to take it," he told Bleacher Report. "I got five years from Boston. I left money on the table in San Francisco.

"It is not about money. It is about how you treat the player."


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Vogelsong Returned To Giants After Astros Decreased Offer
Ryan Vogelsong, who had a deal in place with the Astros before re-signing with the Giants, had his offer reduced following a physical.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Giants Believe Pence Has Broken Forearm
Hunter Pence was hit in the arm by a pitch on Thursday afternoon.

Alex Pavlovic/CSN Bay Area

Bruce Bochy Rejoins Giants
Giants manager Bruce Bochy underwent a heart procedure three days ago.

Bruce Bochy Out Of Hospital After Heart Procedure
Giants manager Bruce Bochy is expected to be back to work at Spring Training Camp on Sunday.

Sandoval Isn't Bothered By Criticism Over Weight
Pablo Sandoval's weight became a hot topic on social media Thursday when an unflattering photo surfaced.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Bumgarner Not Worried About 2014 Workload
Madison Bumgarner threw 270 innings in 2014 when he add his 52 2/3 postseason innings to his total.

Chris Haft/MLB

Bochy Hospitalized, Undergoes Heart Procedure
Bruce Bochy has undergone a heart procedure to insert two stents and was hospitalized overnight.

Associated Press

Lincecum Will Begin Season In Rotation
Bruce Bochy isn't wasting any time debating his starting rotation, announcing his five starters on Wednesday afternoon.

Chris Haft/MLB

Barry Zito To Return To A's
Barry Zito will receive a $1 million base salary if he makes the A's big league roster.

McGehee, Giants Agree To $4.8M Deal
San Francisco acquired the 32-year-old from the Marlins in December to replace Pablo Sandoval.

Associated Press

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Yoan Moncada Wants To Sign Quickly
Yoan Moncada, cleared to sign with a Major League club earlier this week, is eager to begin his career in the United States.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Brandon Belt, Giants Agree To $3.6M Contract
Brandon Belt hit .308 with two RBIs in the World Series after missing time over the final 2˝ months with a concussion.

Associated Press

Giants Release Marco Scutaro
Marco Scutaro was designated for assignment by the Giants last week.


Giants, Vogelsong Agree To $4M Contract
Ryan Vogelsong, 37, is 49-57 with a 4.42 ERA in 10 seasons with the Giants and Pirates.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Giants Maintaining Contact With Vogelsong
Ryan Vogelsong has been linked to a number of other clubs, but the Giants have maintained contact with the right-hander.

Chris Haft/MLB

Giants Designate Marco Scutaro For Assignment
The club plans to retain Scutaro and continue working with him through his rehabilitation following back surgery that could end his career.

Associated Press

Sandoval Says He Left Money On Table In San Francisco
Pablo Sandoval told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he didn't give the Giants a chance to make a final offer before he left for the Red Sox.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Vogelsong, Astros May Be Close To Deal
Ryan Vogelsong, who has been in talks with the Astros, arrived in Houston on Monday.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Giants Sign Gregor Blanco To Two-Year Deal
Gregor Blanco will shift to a backup role this season, but provides valuable experience at all three outfield positions.