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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

Dec 24, 2016 2:00 AM

The Giants have struck minor-league deals with veteran slugger Michael Morse and outfielder Justin Ruggiano, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter). Details of their arrangements are not yet known.

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

Jimmy Rollins Signs Minor League Deal With Giants

Dec 19, 2016 3:49 PM

The San Francisco Giants have signed Jimmy Rollins to a minor league contract.

The deal will pay Rollins $1 million if he makes the major league roster, according to a source.

Rollins, 38, signed a similar deal with the Chicago White Sox last year and made the major league roster, but was designated for assignment in June.


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

Record Six Teams To Pay Luxury Tax This Season

Dec 17, 2016 1:37 AM

A record six teams are paying baseball's luxury tax this season, led by the Dodgers at $31.8 million and the Yankees at $27.4 million.

The Red Sox ($4.5 million), Tigers ($4 million), Giants ($3.4 million) and the World Series champion Cubs ($2.96 million) also were sent bills Friday by the commissioner's office, according to information obtained by The Associated Press.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Legal, Misc Rumor

Giants, Yankees Aren't Seriously Pursuing Jose Bautista

Dec 14, 2016 4:22 PM

Jose Bautista isn't drawing serious interest from the New York Yankees or San Francisco Giants, according to a report.

Jon Morosi reports that neither club is "seriously pursuing" Bautista.

Bautista will require draft pick compensation because he turned down a qualifying offer from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Personal Award

Giants May Wait Until Next Winter To Extend Madison Bumgarner

Dec 12, 2016 7:43 AM

Madison Bumgarner is the lowest-paid pitcher in the San Francisco Giants' starting rotation and the club has been open to contract options with the three-time World Series champion.

Bumgarner, 27, could have been a free agent this winter but instead he's due $11.5 million in 2017 and the Giants have club options worth $12 million for both 2018 and 2019. He signed a five-year, $35.56 million deal in 2012.

"If I were the club, I would go to the player and want to get a longer-term deal in place," an agent said. "If I were the player’s representative, I'd want to have a longer-team deal in place that makes sense for both sides."

The Giants could extend Bumgarner's deal, adding three years and $90 million, but they will be over the luxury tax for the third straight year. If they wait until next year, they'll be under the threshold with Matt Cain and perhaps Johnny Cueto off the books.

John Shea/San Francisco Chronicle

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

Giants, Mark Melancon Agree To Four-Year, $62M Deal

Dec 5, 2016 2:21 PM

The Giants have agreed to a four-year, $62 million contract with free-agent closer Mark Melancon, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

The agreement is pending a physical, which the right-hander is currently going through for the Giants, the sources said.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Dexter Fowler, Blue Jays Apart In Talks; Cardinals Remain Possibility

Dec 5, 2016 8:40 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays and Dexter Fowler are "apart" in talks on a contract, according to a report.

Fowler is also being courted by the St. Louis Cardinals, who remain a possibility, and was linked to the San Francisco Giants recently as well. He is reportedly seeking a deal worth $18 million annually.

He hit .276/.393/.447 in 551 plate appearances with the World Series champion Chicago Cubs this past season.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Mark Melancon Has Multiple Long-Term Offers

Dec 4, 2016 8:13 PM

Free-agent closer Mark Melancon has multiple offers of four years and $60-plus million on the table, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The Giants, Nationals and possibly one other team have reportedly made those offers to the right-hander, who turns 32 in March.

San Francisco is thought to be the front-runner for Melancon, who is one of three elite closers on the market along with Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman.

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

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.

Giants-Mets Scores Record Rating For MLB Wild Card Game
The telecast generated a record 5.8 overnight rating, which surpasses the previous high (5.7) set by both the AL and NL Wild Card Games in 2015.

Ben Cafardo/ESPN

Bumgarner, Gillaspie Lead Giants Past Mets, Advance To NLDS
The Giants shutout the Mets 3-0 in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday night.

Giants Leave Eduardo Nunez Off Wild Card Roster
The Giants have opted to carry 11 pitchers on their roster for the National League Wild Card game, leaving Eduardo Nunez off the squad.

Associated Press

Giants Beat Dodgers For Last NL Wild-Card Spot
The Giants will open this year's playoff run in New York on Wednesday against the Mets.

Ty Blach, Giants Shut Out Dodgers To Hold On To Wild Card Lead
Behind rookie pitcher Ty Blach, the Giants beat the Dodgers 3-0 on Saturday.

Giants To Acquire Gordon Beckham From Braves
Gordon Beckham provides insurance for the Giants in the infield with Eduardo Nunez dealing with a hamstring injury.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Johnny Cueto Will Undergo MRI For Groin Strain
Johnny Cueto was in a good mood after leaving his start early, joking that the injury felt like "a crab going there and biting me."

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Yasiel Puig Sends Madison Bumgarner '#DONTLOOKATME' T-Shirt
A day after Yasiel Puig and Madison Bumgarner feuded on the field, Puig sent Bumgarner a t-shirt with '#DONTLOOKATME' in block letters across the front.

Doug Padilla/ESPN