San Francisco Giants Wiretap

Signing With Giants Was 'Easy Decision' For Denard Span

May 2, 2016 8:07 AM

Denard Span says the San Francisco Giants showed the most interest in him as a free agent this offseason.

"That's the one team that showed the most interest. I'm at the point of my career where I want to win," Span said. "They have done that in the past. By signing Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto to a roster that is already good, it made it an easy decision for me."

Span spent three seasons with the Washington Nationals before hitting the market.

"I enjoyed it. It was three good years," Span reflected. "It didn't end the way I wanted it to end. I played in only 61 games, but it will be a place I will always remember. When I'm done with my playing career, I hope I'm able to come back and have some input, coach or do something or just put on the uniform. I really feel like Washington revitalized my career. It was the right place for me at the right time to get traded over there."

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Tim Lincecum Showcase Set For Friday

May 1, 2016 11:56 PM

Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will pitch for major league clubs in a showcase event Friday as he attempts to make a comeback from hip surgery last year.

The free agent right-hander is set to hold his much-anticipated throwing session Friday in Arizona, according to Paul Kuo, spokesman for Lincecum's agency, Beverly Hills Sports Council.

The Giants will be there as planned all along, general manager Bobby Evans said Sunday. The Padres and Orioles also are among the expected 20 or so attendees, according to MLB Network.

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Tags: San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Mets, Giants, Jays Candidates To Trade For Reliever

Apr 30, 2016 9:16 PM

The New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays are three clubs likely to improve their bullpen via trade as the season progresses.

While the Mets have received strong innings from their relievers, the bullpen of the Giants and Jays have struggled.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Giants Waive Ian Gardeck

Apr 30, 2016 7:19 PM

The San Francisco Giants have waived Ian Gardeck.

Gardeck underwent Tommy John surgery during Spring Training. 

The Giants needed to clear a spot on their 40-man roster and can re-signed Gardeck at a later date.

Henry Schulman/San Francisco Chronicle

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

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Bonds Receives Ovation In Return To AT&T Park

Apr 23, 2016 2:07 AM

Barry Bonds did not expect a hero's welcome upon his return to AT&T Park in a baseball uniform for the first time since his last game with the Giants in 2007. 

"I don't really have fans in San Francisco; this is my family," Bonds, in his first season as the Marlins' hitting coach, said in the visitors dugout before Friday's loss to the Giants. "This is where I was raised, this is where I grew up, people that stood behind me through thick and thin. And so I always will appreciate that and always have my love for San Francisco."

On Friday, Bonds was welcomed back like the prodigal son returning home when he came out to deliver his new team's lineup card to the umpires.

He was given a warm embrace by Giants bench coach Ron Wotus as the crowd realized what was going on at home plate. Thunderous applause broke out and chants of "Bar-ry, Bar-ry, Bar-ry" filled the air as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

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Tags: Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Giants Have Yet To Formally Honor Barry Bonds Because Of 'Timing'

Apr 22, 2016 1:32 PM

The San Francisco Giants have yet to build a statue for Barry Bonds, retire his number or add him to their Wall of Fame.

The Giants insists it has to do with timing and nothing to do with Bonds' links to performance enhancing drugs.

"He's done more great things than anybody. So I can't imagine that at the appropriate time that Larry (Baer) and the powers that be won't figure that out," Giants vice president Brian Sabean said.

Baer offered to hold a ceremony this weekend with Bonds in town with the Miami Marlins.

"He said, 'Hey, look, I don't know if that's fair to my new role. I've been hitting coach for 15 games and now I'm going to be honored by the Giants?' " Baer said.

"He wasn't sure that was appropriate or fair to the Marlins. And to Barry's credit, I think this was a very good call on his part."

According to the criteria of the Giants' Wall of Fame, the honor goes to those who played a minimum of nine seasons for San Francisco or a minimum of five seasons with at least one All-Star selection.

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Tags: Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants

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Dodgers Place Carl Crawford On 15-Day DL

Apr 9, 2016 11:36 PM

The Dodgers have placed outfielder Carl Crawford on the 15-day disabled list because of a lingering lower back injury.

Manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Crawford would undergo an MRI in Los Angeles, probably on Monday's off day. Given that the back has been bothering Crawford for weeks and limiting what he can do, "the DL seems like the prudent decision," according to Roberts.

Infielder Micah Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and gives the Dodgers a left-handed bat off the bench.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Giants Lock Up Brandon Belt With New Deal

Apr 9, 2016 2:01 AM

The Giants have locked up another key homegrown player.

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt agreed to terms on a five-year extension Friday, per multiple sources. The deal also reworks Belt’s current one-year deal, locking him up for six total seasons. Financial details were not immediately available, but per sources, Belt’s deal is similar to but bigger than Brandon Crawford’s six-year $75 million deal.

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Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Dodgers Lose No-Hit Bid, Then Game To Giants

Apr 9, 2016 1:51 AM

The Dodgers lost a game on Friday night that was destined to be remembered for a long time.

Dodgers starter Ross Stripling, in his major league debut, was removed from Friday’s game against the Giants in the eighth inning of a potential no-hitter. He had just reached the 100-pitch mark by walking Angel Pagan with the Dodgers leading 2-0.

The next batter, Trevor Brown, tied it for the Giants with a home run off reliever Chris Hatcher, and the Giants won it 3-2 in the 10th on a home run from Brandon Crawford.

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Tags: San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Jeff Samardzija Spoke With Cubs About Possible Reunion

Mar 28, 2016 7:10 AM

Jeff Samardzija, who signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the San Francisco Giants, met with Theo Epstein in Chicago early in the offseason about a possible reunion with the Cubs.

The right-hander says he was never really close to returning to Chicago.

"We were in talks," Samardzija said. "From where we were at, it takes a lot more to get a deal done. I think Theo [Epstein] had an idea of what they wanted and what they were looking for this year."

The Cubs traded Samardzija to the Oakland Athletics for a group of prospects that included Addison Russell during the 2014 season. He spent his first six-plus Major League seasons with Chicago.

"Going through what I went through here, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't in that situation again," Samardzija said of Chicago's rebuilding years. "There's nothing wrong. They did what they had to do."

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

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Madison Bumgarner, Jason Heyward Exchange Words
Madison Bumgarner thought Jason Heyward and Dexter Fowler were stealing signs during the spring game between the Giants and Cubs.

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Giants, Brandon Belt Set To Open Contract Talks
The Giants plan to open talks with Brandon Belt on a possible multiyear extension this week.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

MLB Plans To Contact Johnny Cueto About Protective Headgear
Major League Baseball plans to reach out to Johnny Cueto about the availability of a protective "half-cap" after the pitcher was struck in the head by a line drive earlier this week.

William Weinbaum/ESPN

Johnny Cueto Takes Line Drive Off Forehead
Johnny Cueto returned to Scottsdale to be evaluated by Giants doctors after he was hit in the forehead by a line drive Monday night.

Christina Kahrl/ESPN

Bumgarner To Miss At Least One Spring Start With Minor Injuries
Madison Bumgarner has a nerve issue in his left foot, as well as some rib-cage pain.

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Giants To Monitor Cueto After Long Postseason Run
San Francisco signed Johnny Cueto as a free agent, so they could not dictate his winter routine.

Henry Sculman/San Francisco Chronicle

Sabean: Lincecum 'Long Shot' To Return To Giants
Tim Lincecum isn't under contract with a Major League club for the 2016 season, but Brian Sabean says a return to the Giants is a "long shot."

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Nevada Casino High On Giants, Cubs, Mets
The Giants are the only team to open with a win total of 90 games.

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Giants Avoid Arbitration With Brandon Belt
The Giants have avoided arbitration with Brandon Belt by agreeing to a one-year, $6.2 million deal.

Henry Sculman/San Francisco Chronicle

Giants Avoid Arbitation With George Kontos
The Giants have agreed to a one-year, $1.15 million deal with George Kontos.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Padres, Marlins Interested In Tim Lincecum
The Marlins are also looking at the right-hander, who plans to showcase for teams next month.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Diamondbacks To Acquire Cody Hall From Giants
The 28-year-old only pitched 8 1/3 innings at the Major League level in 2015.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Chris Davis, Orioles In Holding Pattern
The Orioles continue to wait on Chris Davis, who remains available on the free agent market.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Giants Plan To Use Denard Span As Center Fielder, Leadoff Hitter
The Giants added Denard Span to their outfield fix on Thursday and have big plans for the veteran.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Giants, Denard Span Agree On Three-Year, $31M Deal
Denard Span gives the Giants the outfielder and leadoff hitter they wanted.

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Orioles, White Sox Emerging As Leaders For Cespedes
The Giants and Angels are also reportedly in the mix.

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Former All-Star Dave Henderson Dies At Age 57
Former outfielder Dave Henderson spent 14 seasons in the major leagues.

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Record Four Teams Receive Luxury Tax Bills
The Dodgers were hit with a record tax of nearly $43.6 million for a payroll just shy of $300 million.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Giants, Johnny Cueto Agree Upon Six-Year, $130M Contract
The Giants have agreed to terms on a six-year contract with Johnny Cueto, according to multiple reports.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Cardinals, Giants Interested In Wei-Yin Chen
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports also writes that the Royals and Nationals could become serious suitors.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports