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Arbitrator Rules Against Bonds In Collusion Case

Aug 27, 2015 10:46 PM

An arbitrator has ruled against Barry Bonds in a collusion case stemming from his final season in the majors.

Major League Baseball was informed this week that arbitrator Frederic Horowitz had ruled in its favor. first reported the decision.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Peavy, Posey Lead Giants To Win Over Cubs

Aug 27, 2015 1:23 AM

Buster Posey followed Brandon Belt's leadoff triple in the sixth with a go-ahead double, Jake Peavy won for the second time in six starts, and the Giants beat the Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday night to stop Chicago's six-game winning streak.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Madison Bumgarner, Marlon Byrd Homer In Win Over Pirates

Aug 22, 2015 1:54 AM

Madison Bumgarner hit his fifth homer of the season and Marlon Byrd drilled his 20th in his first game with the defending World Series champions , as San Francisco held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 on Friday night to climb within 1 1/2 games of the Dodgers for first in the NL West.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Giants Acquire Marlon Byrd From Reds

Aug 20, 2015 4:41 PM

The San Francisco Giants have acquired Marlon Byrd from the Cincinnati Reds.

Cincinnati will receive Double-A right-hander Stephen Johnson.

The Giants will likely option Ryan Lollis to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Byrd.

Dieter Kurtenbach/KNBR

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Giants Looking To Add Outfielder

Aug 20, 2015 6:58 AM

The San Francisco Giants are looking to add an outfielder, especially in the wake of Hunter Pence's oblique injury.

However, the Giants aren't solely looking for depth. They want someone to provide an offensive boost to the lineup.

Henry Sculman/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor, Waiver

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Angels Still Hope To Acquire Chase Utley

Aug 16, 2015 10:12 AM

The Los Angeles Angels believed they were close to acquiring Chase Utley on Friday and still hope to land the second baseman.

According to reports, the Angels are more pessimistic about getting Utley than prior to Friday.

The Philadelphia Phillies have to agree on a prospect and the San Francisco Giants have also been strongly linked to the veteran infielder. There is $6 million in guaranteed money left on his contract.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley

Aug 14, 2015 7:13 AM

The San Francisco Giants aren't the only team seriously interested in Chase Utley.

According to sources, several teams have made trade offers for the Philadelphia Phillies infielder.

The Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

Utley has a $15 million club option for 2016 that no longer will vest automatically based on plate appearances. His club option would then drop to $11 million, but the Phillies would be expected to take the $2 million buyout instead.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Utley Seeks Playing-Time Assurance To Waive No-Trade

Aug 14, 2015 6:58 AM

Chase Utley has drawn trade interest after clearing revocable waivers, but possesses full no-trade protection by way of ten-and-five rights.

Utley will only authorize a trade if he receives certain assurances of playing time, according to a report by Buster Olney.

He will be a free agent after the season and reportedly wants to play in 2016.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Giants May Be Willing To Pay Tax For Chase Utley

Aug 14, 2015 6:54 AM

The San Francisco Giants have crossed a new payroll boundary and might continue to add salary before the Aug. 31 deadline for setting postseason rosters.

For the first time, the Giants are in position to exceed the luxury-tax threshold, according to sources.

San Francisco continues to explore trades for hitters like Chase Utley.

The luxury tax threshold, introduced in the 2003-06 collective-bargaining agreement, is $189 million. The Giants were about $1.5 million over that figure before adding Mike Leake on July 30. Absorbing the remaining $3.58 million on Leake’s contract put the team about $5 million over the limit, according to sources.

If the Giants finish the season above the threshold, they will pay a 17.5 percent tax on the overage as a first-time offender.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Bonds: 'Weight Lifted' With Federal Case Over

Aug 14, 2015 6:49 AM

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.

"I can say yes, there's a lot. Because it'd be not true if I said there wasn't some weight lifted off my shoulders," Bonds said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Bonds added that he's unconcerned with everybody else's thoughts on his career or credentials: He's a Hall of Famer.

"I don't even justify that. There's no need," he said. "That's without saying."

The government's pursuit of Bonds ended July 21 with a one-paragraph motion by the U.S. Department of Justice announcing Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. would not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appellate decision that overturned Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction.

"That's why I say God is good," Bonds said. "Every player who's ever played against me knows my ability, and that's something I will never, ever have to explain. I'm not insulted by anything. I don't hold grudges. I'm not going to hold a grudge. I know what I brought to the game. I'm proud of that. That's all, I'm proud of that."

Associated Press

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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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

Sources: Giants Making Push For Cole Hamels
The Phillies aren't sure whether the Giants have enough to offer for the left-hander.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Blue Jays Showing Strongest Interest In Jeff Samardzija
It was reported last week that the White Sox have become "increasingly willing" to move Jeff Samardzija, who is owed $9.8 million this season and will become a free agent this winter.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

Indians, Rangers Have Inquired About Carlos Gomez
The Indians and Rangers are among the teams that have inquired with the Brewers about Carlos Gomez, according to Major League sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Giants Shopping For Elite Starting Pitcher
The Giants are looking to add a starting pitcher and would prefer to add an elite one to start a potential second playoff game behind Madison Bumgarner in October.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tim Hudson Beats A's, Now Has Win Against All 30 Teams
Giants veteran Tim Hudson became only the 15th pitcher to defeat all 30 current teams in major league baseball.

Biggio, Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz Join Hall Of Fame
Craig Biggio is the first Astro to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sources: Rangers, Dodgers Likely To Trade For Hamels
The Phillies continue to discuss Cole Hamels with a number of teams.

Could Giants Go After Zack Greinke In Free Agency?
Zack Greinke may only opt out of his contract at the end of the season to negotiate a higher guarantee with management, which currently owes him $71 million over the next three years.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Nori Aoki's Right Fibula 80 Percent Healed
Giants outfielder Nori Aoki has been on the DL since June 24.

Giants Sign Everth Cabrera To Minor League Deal
Everth Cabrera could provide middle infield depth for the San Francisco Giants.

San Jose Mercury News

All-Star Game Starting Lineups Announced
The AL lineup is exclusively right-handed, marking the first time ever that the AL has not had a left-handed hitter or a switch-hitter in its starting lineup.

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