San Francisco Giants Analysis

Grading The Deals: Rich Hill To Dodgers, Mark Melancon To Giants

by John Watson

Dec 6, 2016 12:11 PM

The Dodgers struck first, signing Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million deal and then the Giants made their move, signing Mark Melancon to a four-year, $62 million deal. Both moves are interesting and risky, albeit in different ways. Read more »

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The Morning After: Just Another Even-Year October

by John Watson

Oct 6, 2016 12:28 PM

It's definitely more likely than not that 2016 will be the year that the #EvenYear stuff is finally put to bed, but it was certainly in full effect last night. And don't tell Madison Bumgarner about the so-called "odds," because you'll probably just make him angry. Read more »

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Grading The Deals: On The NL Trade Deadline

by John Watson

Aug 3, 2016 4:55 PM

Matt Moore, Matt Duffy, Matt Kemp, Josh Reddick, Rich Hill, Jay Bruce and Mark Melancon were some of the big names to move at the deadline. Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, IQ

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Grading The Deal: Giants Trade For Eduardo Nunez

by John Watson

A swap of a close-to-the-majors pitching prospect for a utility infielder having a banner season is pretty ho-hum stuff in and of itself, but the fact that it's the Giants who made the deal is a bit surprising, considering their biggest needs were rotation and bullpen help. Read more »
Halfway To Home: Midseason Meanderings On NL Contenders

by John Watson

On the Dodgers' rotation gamble, the Giants' old-school approach, the half-mortal Cubs, Washington's pitchers, Mets' issues, Pirates' cheapness, Cardinals' devil magic and whether the Marlins are for real. Read more »
Under Pressure (Or Not?): On The Giants' Bullpen

by John Watson

The Giants' bullpen isn't that different from last season, but they have been the weakest part of their team even with all of the injuries to their everyday lineup. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Giants Sign Brandon Belt Through 2021

by John Watson

If Brandon Belt stays healthy and keeps on doing what he's doing, it's already a win for the Giants, but if Belt improves a bit and reaches toward his ceiling, this deal could look like an absolute steal. Read more »
Ranking MLB's Best Hitter-Pitcher Combinations

by Andrew Perna

It's difficult to win a World Series on the strength of just two stars, but having a superstar hitter and pitcher is as good a place as any to start building a contender. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: NL West

by John Watson

Breaking down the offseason moves of the Giants, Dodgers, Padres, Rockies and D-Backs. Read more »
2015 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The MLB has an ever-changing landscape but this creation of a hierarchal ranking gives a look to how we would choose their collective situations at the end of 2015. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Giants Continue NL West Pitching Binge With Cueto

by John Watson

The Giants have now made two risky moves in signing Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija that could end up propelling them to another #EvenYear but could also be albatrosses in the future. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Zack Greinke Signs With D-Backs

by John Watson

The D-Backs hope Zack Greinke will age like a fine wine as his velocity declines, more Maddux than not, thanks to his stellar command, offspeed arsenal, and chess-like approach to pitch sequencing. Read more »
Is Barry Bonds Coming Out Of Retirement?

by John Watson

Where goes Barry Bonds, so goes an army of takes of the hottest order and, while itís one thing to have Bonds swing by for a week of spring training or throw out a first pitch, itís another to hire him on as a part or full time staff member. Read more »
Cardinals End Season Atop OPSERA Rankings

by Scott McCourtney

Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina go down, but the Cardinals remain the class of baseball. Can they make yet another extended playoff run? Read more »
Blue Jays Rocket Into Top Five

by Scott McCourtney

The Blue Jays have been red-hot since acquiring Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, moving into the top five for the first time all season. Read more »
NL Dominates OPSERA Rankings For August 18th

by Scott McCourtney

The National League reigns supreme this week with the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates sitting atop our rankings. Read more »
Q&A With Jon Hanford Of Topps BUNT

by Andrew Perna

If you collected baseball cards as a kid, you are familiar with the Topps brand. As you've grown up, so have cards. You can now collect digital versions of your favorite players without having to find space to store them. Read more »
Miguel Cabrera Has Tigers In Top Five

by Scott McCourtney

Miguel Cabrera has the Tigers on his back as they remain in the top five. Did you expect anything less? Read more »
Michael Wacha Has Cardinals Back In Top Spot

by Scott McCourtney

Michael Wacha is having the best season of his young career as the Cardinals move to the top of RealGM's OPSERA rankings this week. Read more »
Manfred Focused On Increasing Interest In Draft

by Andrew Perna

Major League Baseball wants to raise the profile of its annual amateur draft, but logistics may get in the way. Read more »

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