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Cabrera Could Earn More Than Swisher

Melky Cabrera and Nick Swisher will both hit the free agent market this coming winter.

Both outfielders are switch-hitters, but Swisher has more power than Cabrera.

However, Cabrera is faster, has a superior arm and is more than three years younger.

Cabrera is also on the upswing. He is hitting .376 for the Giants and has 278 hits since the start of the 2011 season.

Via New York Post


Giants Have 'No Plans' For Bonds At This Time

The Giants have confirmed that Barry Bonds spoke to them about joining the franchise in some capacity, but that doesn't mean a role is imminent.

"He approached us about doing something in an official capacity in the organization," president Larry Baer said. "We had a cordial conversation. Right now, there are no plans."

Bonds told reporters on Monday that he'd like to return to the Giants as early as next season to instruct players, from big-leaguers to recent draftees, but it's questionable if he'd pursue a full-time coach's role at any level.

Via San Francisco Chronicle


Barry Bonds Interested In Working For Giants

Barry Bonds met recently with Giants president and CEO Larry Baer about working for the club in some capacity.

Bonds has a personal services contract the Giants have said could go into effect once his legal proceedings were in the past.

Via Associated Press


Giants Call In Lincecum For Pep Talk

Tim Lincecum has been called into Giants manager Bruce Bochy's office at least once this season to hear harsh words about his focus and effort.

Bochy said Saturday that when he and general manager Brian Sabean met with Lincecum after Friday night's loss, they gave the right-hander a pep talk but did not chew him out.

"He's taking it hard," Bochy said. "We wanted to give him the message that we know he's doing all he can. 'Hey, you're throwing the ball well. Sure, you had a hiccup in the sixth inning. That's going to happen. The only thing you've got to do is keep working.'

"More than anything you let him know you're all in with him. All you ask a guy is to give all you have. Timmy's doing that. He's done it every start."

Lincecum has a 6.41 ERA in 10 starts this season.

Via San Francisco Chronicle


Giants Sign Brad Penny To Minor League Deal

The Giants agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with right-hander Brad Penny on Friday.

Penny, released last week by the Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League after 12 seasons in the Majors, will report to the Giants' extended spring training camp Monday to work himself into pitching shape.

Via MLB.com


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