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Brewers Trade Erik Kratz To Giants

Mar 24, 2019 11:44 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers have traded Erik Kratz to the San Francisco Giants for minor league infielder C.J. Hinojoso.

Kratz, 39, was a significant part of Milwaukee's NLDS victory over the Colorado Rockies last fall. He went 5-for-8 with two RBIs in the series.

The Brewers officially signed reliever Alex Wilson to fill Erik Kratz's roster spot.


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Larry Baer Takes Leaves Of Absence From Giants

Mar 4, 2019 12:13 PM

Larry Baer has been granted a leave of absence from the San Francisco Giants following the release of a video showing him in a physical altercation with his wife.

The Giants board of directors released a statement that said Baer had made a request that was accepted to take personal time away.

The Giants executive team, including president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, will manage the day-to-day operations. The other members of that team are executive vice president of business operations Mario Alioto, executive vice president and general counsel Jack Bair, executive vice president of administration Alfonso Felder, and executive vice president of communications Staci Slaughter.

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Tags: San Francisco Giants, Suspension

Giants CEO Apologizes For Altercation With Wife

Mar 2, 2019 4:48 PM

Giants team president and CEO Larry Baer apologized Friday night after video earlier in the day showed him having an altercation with his wife during a fight over his cellphone at a San Francisco park.

The incident was caught on video and published on TMZ Sports.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Legal, Misc Rumor

Larry Baer Knocks Down Wife During Argument Captured On Video

Mar 1, 2019 5:55 PM

Larry Baer, CEO of the San Francisco Giants, knocked his wife to the ground during a fight over a cellphone.

TMZ published video of the altercation.

In the video, Baer's wife, Pam, screams "Oh my god! No!" while being knocked to the ground as her husband attempts to take the cellphone from her. The video also shows Larry Baer holding that cellphone while walking away.

"Regrettably today we had a heated argument in public over a family matter," the couple said in a statement. "We are deeply embarrassed by the situation and have resolved the issue.''

Baer said he has apologized to his wife and that police were not contacted


"Major League Baseball is aware of the incident and, just like any other situation like this, will immediately begin to gather the facts," a league spokesman said. "We will have no further comment until this process is completed."

Baer was part of the ownership group that bought the Giants in 1992 to keep them in San Francisco, where the club won the World Series in 2010, '12 and '14. He took over as CEO on Jan. 1, 2012.


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Giants Offered Bryce Harper 12-Year Deal, $310M Deal

Mar 1, 2019 8:08 AM

In talks with Bryce Harper, the San Francisco Giants offered the outfielder a 12-year, $310 million deal.

The Giants were willing to go higher, but the increase would have had to be significant to go over $330 million because of state taxes in California.

Farhan Zaidi also was on board with the pursuit of Harper.

“First of all, Farhan was the leading advocate for Harper, not the other way around,” Giants CEO Larry Baer told The Athletic on Thursday night. “We wouldn’t have gone with it if he didn’t think it was a good baseball move. And we did believe this would have been a good baseball move.”

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

Bryce Harper Favorite To Win NL MVP

Feb 28, 2019 8:42 AM

Bryce Harper is the favorite to win the National League MVP despite remaining on the free agent market.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened MVP odds Wednesday, with Harper the betting favorite at 6-1 odds. Nolan Arenado (7-1), Paul Goldschmidt (10-1) and Kris Bryant (12-1) have the next-best odds.

"We think Harper's favorite destination is Philadelphia," Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook director John Murray said. "That's a Little League park. You can imagine how many home runs he'd hit there as his home park. If he ends up going to the Dodgers, you could see the odds tweaked a bit since that's such a pitchers' park.

"He's an elite player and is going to be one of the favorites for MVP for a while."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

Giants Have Second Meeting With Bryce Harper

Feb 28, 2019 8:32 AM

The San Francisco Giants have had a second meeting with free-agent Bryce Harper.

Harper and agent Scott Boras met with Giants CEO Larry Baer and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

In the talks, the possibility of a 10-year contract was discussed.

Harper, 26, is looking for a deal in excess of the 10-year, $300 million contract the Washington Nationals reportedly offered him at the end of the regular season.


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

Bryce Harper To Choose Between Phillies, Dodgers, Giants This Week

Feb 25, 2019 7:32 PM

Bryce Harper is expected to reach his free agency decision by the end of the current week.

The bidding is down to the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

The Dodgers re-entered the bidding for Harper with interest in a short-term contract. The Giants also have interest in signing Harper on a short-term deal, but ownership may overrule their front office as they look to make another signing similar to when they signed Barry Bonds in the early 1990s.

The Washington Nationals previously offered Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract in September, but are out of the running. The Chicago White Sox are also out on signing Harper.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Bryce Harper Has Turned Down 'Multiple' $300M-Plus Offers

Feb 21, 2019 10:19 AM

Bryce Harper has turned down "multiple offers over $300 million in recent weeks," according to a report.

Jon Heyman names the Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals as the most interested parties, with the San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox on the margins.

The belief is that Harper will ultimately land more guaranteed money than Manny Machado.

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

Bruce Bochy To Retire After 2019 Season

Feb 18, 2019 3:03 PM

Bruce Bochy has announced he will retire as manager of the San Francisco Giants after the 2019 season.

Bochy, 63, has been the Giants' manager since 2007 and has guided them to three World Series championships, in 2010, '12 and '14.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

Giants, Cameron Maybin Agree To Deal
The Giants will bring outfielder Cameron Maybin to camp as a non-roster invitee.

Bryce Harper Won't Consider Short-Term Deals
Bryce Harper met with the Giants, who reported would prefer to land him on a lucrative short-term deal.

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Oddsmakers Now Favor Giants To Sign Bryce Harper
The Giants have quickly risen to the top in the "race" for Bryce Harper.

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Giants Prefer Short-Term Offer For Bryce Harper
The Giants appear to be a serious contender to sign free-agent Bryce Harper.

Madison Bumgarner Nixes Opener Strategy
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner told manager Bruce Bochy "If you're using an opener in my game, I'm walking right out of the ballpark."

Giants Meet With Bryce Harper
The Giants sent Larry Baer, Farhan Zaidi and Bruce Bochy to Las Vegas to meet with Bryce Harper.

Alex Pavlovic/NBC Bay Area

Giants Agree To One-Year, $1.5M Deal With Drew Pomeranz
The deal includes $3.5 million in possible roster and performance bonuses.


Bryant, Longoria Frustrated That Harper, Machado Remain Unsigned
Free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado both remain unsigned with less than a month before spring training begins.

Giants Hire Pitching Analyst To Help With Training
The Giants have hired Matt Daniels as pitching analyst under Farhan Zaidi.

Associated Press

Derek Holland Re-Signs With Giants On One-Year Deal
The Giants have re-signed Derek Holland to a one-year, $7 million deal, according to a source.


Giants, Will Smith Agree To One-Year, $4.225M Deal
Will Smith was the Giants' only arbitration-eligible player still unsigned ahead of Friday's deadline.

Giants To Announce Naming Rights Deal With Oracle
The Giants' ballpark will have a new name beginning Thursday.


Brewers, Giants Have Discussed Madison Bumgarner Trade
The Brewers and Giants have had "substantive communication" about a potential Madison Bumgarner trade this offseason, according to a report.

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Giants, Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte Agree To One-Year Deal
Pat Venditte made 15 appearances with a 2.57 ERA over 14 innings with the Dodgers last season.

Troy Tulowitzki Could Be Fit For Giants
The Blue Jays released Troy Tulowitzki earlier this month, leaving themselves responsible for $38 million over the next two years.

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Manny Machado Would Move Back To Third For 'Right Contract'
Manny Machado wants to play shortstop, but he may be willing to move back to third base for the "right contract."

Scott Lauber/Philadelphia Inquirer

Phillies Inquire With Giants About Madison Bumgarner
They have also been linked to J.A. Happ and Dallas Keuchel.

CBS Sports

Giants Part Ways With Strickland, Hernandez
The Giants have agreed to terms with Joe Panik and Sam Dyson on new one-year deals, while closer Will Smith was tendered a contract without yet agreeing to terms.

Giants 'Willing To Engage' In Talks On Madison Bumgarner
It's unclear how likely it is that the Giants will actually trade Madison Bumgarner.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Nathan Eovaldi Drawing Plenty Of Interest
It is being reported that the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants, Padres, and Red Sox are interested in free-agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.