San Francisco Giants Wiretap

Pablo Sandoval: Heart Remained In San Francisco During Boston Tenure

Aug 14, 2017 7:54 PM

Pablo Sandoval wrote an essay for The Players' Tribune about his experience playing for the Boston Red Sox and returning to the San Francisco Giants.

"I thought back to when San Francisco signed me to my first contract at 16 years old," wrote Sandoval about the moment he was called up to return to the Giants. "I wanted to be a Giant forever. Then I thought about being released by the Red Sox last month and doing everything in my power to get back to San Francisco. It was a lot of emotion."

Sandoval signed with the Red Sox on a five-year, $95 million contract, but "it just never felt like home."

"I had the greatest times of my life in San Francisco. And when I chose to leave, I left the special group of guys that I had shared those times with. I left behind the chemistry I had built with my teammates. I left behind a dynasty.

"And I think that’s another reason I struggled so much the last couple of years: Because every day I spent in Boston, my heart was still back in San Francisco."

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants

Barry Bonds Wishes He Chased 800 Home Runs

Aug 8, 2017 8:59 AM

Barry Bonds said on Monday night that he believes he would have hit 800 homers or come very close if he had played one final season.

Bonds broke baseball's all-time home run record on August 7, 2007. The slugger said there were never discussions about him playing for the San Francisco Giants in 2008. He said he didn't push for it because, "I was just told I'm not coming back and that was it."

The 53-year-old finished his career with 762 home runs.

Associated Press

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

Giants Call Up Pablo Sandoval; Place Brandon Belt On DL

Aug 5, 2017 8:24 PM

Pablo Sandoval is back on the San Francisco Giants' major league roster, as the team called him up before its Saturday night game.

If Sandoval plays against the Arizona Diamondbacks, it would be his first appearance with the Giants since helping them win Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

Bay Area Icon Bill King Receives Ford C. Frick Award

Jul 30, 2017 12:50 PM

At long last, Bay Area radio icon Bill King was awarded the highest honor in baseball broadcasting Saturday.

King, the A’s radio play-by-play man for 25 years, posthumously received the Ford C. Frick Award in a star-studded ceremony at Doubleday Field, with his stepdaughter, Kathleen Lowenthal, accepting on his behalf.

“I think this is a ‘Holy Toledo’ moment,” Lowenthal said, using her stepdad’s catchphrase with dozens of Hall of Fame players and managers applauding behind her on the stage. “It is for me. Holy Toledo.”

Tags: Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Jeff Samardzija Unlikely To Waive No-Trade Clause

Jul 27, 2017 8:35 AM

Jeff Samardzija's contract gives him the ability to block a trade to all but eight teams and he's not expected to waive that clause.

The San Francisco Giants can trade Samardzija to the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals without his consent.

Samardzija signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the Giants before the 2016 season.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Red Sox Acquire Eduardo Nunez From Giants

Jul 26, 2017 1:33 AM

The Red Sox have acquired third baseman Eduardo Nunez in a trade with the Giants, according to reports.

The 30-year-old has been with the Giants since being traded to the club last season. In return, the Red Sox will send two pitching prospects to San Francisco, reports say.

The Red Sox hope that Nunez, who is batting .308 with four home runs, 31 RBIs and 18 steals this season, will help fill the hole Boston has had all season at third base.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Pablo Sandoval Returns To Giants, Plays For Single-A San Jose

Jul 23, 2017 1:01 AM

Pablo Sandoval is back with the Giants, the team he broke into the major leagues with, after signing a minor league deal Saturday.

The 2012 World Series MVP walked into the Giants' clubhouse as if he'd never left, shaking hands with players and grabbing bullpen catcher and former teammate Eli Whiteside in a bear hug from behind.

Sandoval, 30, served as the designated hitter for Single-A San Jose later Saturday night, going 1-for-4 with an RBI single and walk. He will join Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday where he will split time between third base and DH.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Pablo Sandoval Agrees To Sign With Giants

Jul 19, 2017 8:17 PM

Pablo Sandoval has agreed to sign with the San Francisco Giants.

The Boston Red Sox designated Sandoval for assignment last week.

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

Giants Receiving Interest In Jeff Samardzija, Hunter Strickland

Jul 19, 2017 7:42 AM

The San Francisco Giants are "drawing a fair amount of interest" in Jeff Samardzija and Hunter Strickland, according to a report.

Samardzija has a 4.86 ERA and has allowed 20 home runs in 124 innings, but leads the Major Leagues in K/BB ratio and is fifth in K%-BB% (23.7 percent).

Strickland has a pristine 1.91 ERA with 9.8 K/9 through 33 innings this season.

Henry Schulman/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Giants Have Inquired About Giancarlo Stanton

Jul 17, 2017 7:34 AM

The San Francisco Giants have inquired with the Miami Marlins about Giancarlo Stanton, according to a report.

Other clubs have asked about Stanton as well. The slugger is believed to be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the Marlins commit to a rebuild.

Stanton's contract would make a trade difficult. He has 10 guaranteed years and $285 million remaining on the deal with a club option for 2028 that includes a $10 million buyout.

Alex Pavlovic/CSN Bay Area

Tags: Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Madison Bumgarner Pitches Seven Solid Innings
The Padres won the game 5-3, but Giants ace Madison Bumgarner struck out five and walked two in 7 solid innings on Saturday night.

Giants Place Cueto On DL To Make Room For Bumgarner
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner returns to the rotation on Saturday night against the Padres.

Giants Aren't Considering Full Rebuild
The Giants are struggling, but Brian Sabean isn't considering a full rebuild as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Madison Bumgarner Ready To Rejoin Giants
Madison Bumgarner hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since suffering a sprained AC joint in his pitching shoulder and bruised ribs in a dirt bike accident on April 20.


Giants Honor Bonds With Wall Of Fame Plaque
The Giants unveiled a plaque bearing the likeness of Barry Bonds during a pre-game ceremony on Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.

Madison Bumgarner Has Rusty Rehab Start
Madison Bumgarner allowed four runs over 3 2/3 innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday night.

Giants Deny Stretch Routine Created Friction
The Giants have denied a report by Ken Rosenthal that a change in their relievers' pregame stretch time created friction at the beginning of the team's disappointing season.

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Giants Promote Ryder Jones; DFA Aaron Hill
Aaron Hill batted just .132 in 34 games with the Giants this season.

Giants Haven't Yet Had 'Open For Business' Meeting
The Giants have an aging roster that is 20 games back of first place in the National League West.

Alex Pavlovic/CSN Bay Area

MLB Upholds Hunter Strickland's Six-Game Suspension
Hunter Strickland began serving a six-game suspension Monday for brawling with Bryce Harper on May after his appeal was denied by Major League Baseball.

Associated Press

Arenado Completes Cycle With Walk-Off, Three-Run HR
The Rockies rallied to beat the Giants by the score of 7-5 on Sunday afternoon.

2017 MLB Draft First Round Results
The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early.

RealGM Staff Report

Rangers Trade Sam Dyson To Giants
The Giants will also receive cash while sending a player to be named later to the Rangers.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Giants Activate Hunter Pence; Option Christian Arroyo To Triple-A
Hunter Pence had been sidelined since May 13 with a left hamstring strain.

Buster Posey Told By Giants To 'Stay Out Of Pile'
During the brawl between Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper, Buster Posey was noticeable by his absence.


Hunter Strickland Suspended Six Games, Bryce Harper Gets Four
Both Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland are appealing their suspensions.

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Buster Posey Hits 17th Inning HR To Beat Reds
Giants catcher Buster Posey caught 269 pitches in Friday night's marathon game in San Francisco.

Five Teams Watched Doug Fister Throw Last Week
The Angels, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Giants and Mets had scouts in attendance to watch Doug Fister throw in California last week.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Brandon Crawford To Play Rehab Game At Double-A Richmond
Brandon Crawford will play six innings to test his strained groin on Monday.

Giants, Brewers Have Discussed Ryan Braun Trade
The Giants have discussed a potential Ryan Braun trade with the Brewers, but the Brewers wanted both salary relief and good players in return.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News