Tag Archives: MLB Offseason 2017

Report: Players Named in Stanton Offer

By Chandler Guadagjnin

This past week the news broke that the Giants sent a trade offer to the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. Now, the names of the players involved have been released. According to a newly published article by KNBR contributor, Keaton Moore, San Francisco has offered 2B Joe Panik, RHP Tyler Beede and OF Chris Shaw. In return, the Giants would receive Stanton and 2B Dee Gordon.

Here are the 2017 stats of the Giants players to be traded:

Here are the 2017 stats of the Marlins players to be traded:

The Giants’ Joe Panik is entering his age 26 season. Chris Shaw will be 24 when 2018 begins. RHP Tyler Beede will be 25, to start the year. On the flip side, Stanton will be 28 in 2018; while, Dee Gordon will turn 30 in 2018.

Chris Shaw and Tyler Beede are the Giants’ number two and three prospects respectively.

The St. Louis Cardinals have also reportedly submitted an offer for Giancarlo Stanton.

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Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

Report: Giants Make Offer For Stanton

By Chandler Guadagnin

Jake Montero, a reporter for knbr.com, has just published an article on the station’s website, claiming that the San Francisco Giants have indeed submitted a proposal to the Miami Marlins, for the services of prized outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. The offer was first reported by The Athletic‘s Ken Rosenthal. As part of the deal, the Giants would pick up the majority of the salary left on Stanton’s contract. Stanton still has 10-years and $285 million left on his pact. The exact details of the trade proposal are not known; however, it is speculated that the player headlining the deal is RHP Johnny Cueto, who recently opted into the four years remaining on his contract. Another possible trade piece could be RHP Jeff Samardzija.

What is being deemed the “Stanton Sweepstakes” has been a hot topic since the team was rumored to, and eventually bought, by a Derek Jeter-led investment group. Miami has publicly stated that they are looking to downsize their payroll by a significant sum.

This trade would put the Giants above the luxury-tax threshold for the third straight year, which has considerable consequences. If this trade does indeed go through, look for the Giants to unload some payroll in the coming months.

Other teams considered to be top candidates for a Stanton trade are the Red Sox, Cardinals, and Dodgers. It is worth noting that Stanton has a complete no trade clause and could veto a trade to any team. Stay locked to kpaysports.com for the latest on this unfolding story.

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Familiar Faces may be on the move for Giants…..

By Chandler Guadagnin

San Francisco Giants’ vice president of baseball operations, and former general manager-Brian Sabean- was recently featured on a podcast. When asked about the Giants offseason moves thus far, and moves yet to come. Sabean stated that:

“We’re coming to the realization that to do what we need to do, to be competitive to start the year, and hopefully let that roll into also making some moves at the deadline is that we’re going to have to make some tough choices. We may have to move some payroll which may mean moving some people that we perhaps under normal circumstances would not. It’s really a deep exercise and we’re not done with the deep dive yet as to how we best go about it.” -Heard on the TK Show

Sabean also mentioned the luxury tax as a concern. San Francisco comes off a season in which they were 64-98. From the very beginning, it was speculated that the Giants would undergo drastic changes this offseason; however, the vocalization of those pursuits by the Giants front office, make it a reality.

Buckle up. It’s going to be a long offseason.

Quote courtesy of: http://www.knbr.com/2017/11/11/brian-sabean-giants-may-move-players-they-wouldnt-trade-under-normal-circumstances/

Giants Must Improve in 2018

By Chandler Guadagnin

If a 64 and 98 record is any indication, the San Francisco Giants must drastically improve if they hope of competing in 2018.

A few things must happen for such a change to occur. One, the bullpen has to be better; and two, outfield offensive production must increase.

Before going nuclear on the bullpen, one must remember that before the season even began, the Giants lost key relief pieces, such as Will Smith to injury. San Francisco’s high-end closer, Mark Melancon, also fell prey to the injury bug-missing most of the year. This season San Francisco’s pen ran to the tune of a 3.91 ERA. If that weren’t enough, they seemed to give up the runs at crucial junctures of the game. If the Giants get everyone back healthy, look for San Francisco’s bullpen to not only have better outings, but be a strong suit of this team moving forward.

The outfield is a whole other animal. Exempting Jarrett Parker and Michael Morse, the Giants kept their starting outfield healthy for the entirety of the season, and yet mainstays like Denard Span and Hunter Pence could not produce the needed output of their positions. Giants outfielders hit for a combined triple slash of .250/.308/.373 . According to MLB.com, if the Giants outfield was its own team, they would rank-in all of Major League Baseball-19th in batting average, 29th in on-base-percentage, and last in slugging.

Thankfully, there are plenty of outfielders on the open market this offseason that would upgrade San Francisco’s outfield. Here are my two best offseason options for the Giants, when it comes to upgrading the outfield.

1. The Giants Reel in a Marlins Outfielder

The Miami Marlins have one of the outfields with the biggest upside. Outfielders that the Giants should target include Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich. It has been reported that San Francisco was linked to Miami’s mashing outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. However, the Giants would have to back up the truck for such a swap. They would have to create a trade package that would send names such as Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, or Brandon Crawford to the Sunshine State. Therefore, it would do more damage than good for the Giants’ playoff hopes to trade for Stanton. In contrast, Ozuna and Yelich would be much more conservative options.

Last season, at the age of 26, Marcell Ozuna posted a triple slash of .312/.376/.548 to go along with 191 hits and 37 home runs in 159 games. In 2017-in his age 25 season- Christian Yelich, recorded a .282/.369/.432 slash line with 170 hits and 18 home runs in 156 games.

2. The Giants Wade into the Waters of Free Agency

Notable 2017 outfield free agents include Jay Bruce, J.D. Martinez and Lorenzo Cain. Each of these players, at one time in their careers have shown that they can excel on the big stage.

In the 2017 ALDS with Cleveland, Bruce played in all 5 games, going 5 for 18 with a double and two homers. In the regular season with the Mets and Indians, Jay Bruce hit to the tune of a .254 average with 67 extra base hits and 101 RBIs in 146 games. By the official end of the 2017 season, Bruce will have played out a 7-year/$63 million contract. Bruce will be 30 at the beginning of the 2018 regular season.

After being acquired from the Detroit Tigers at the deadline, J.D. Martinez helped to carry the Arizona Diamondbacks to the postseason. In 7 games of postseason experience, Martinez has batted .259 with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs. In 119 games this year, Martinez boasts a .303 average with 45 long balls and 104 RBIs. The end of the 2017 season, will mark the end of Martinez’s 2-year/$18.5 million pact. Martinez will be 30 to start 2018.

The Giants know about Lorenzo Cain’s production in the postseason first hand. In 31 playoff games and a World Series Championship, Cain has slashed .295/.376/.377 to go along with 8 extra-baggers and 9 RBis, This year with Kansas City, he hit an even .300, with 15 taters and 26 stolen bases. His 2-year/17.5 million contract will expire at the end of the World Series. Cain will be the eldest of the three to enter the 2018 season at the age of 31.

Of course, there are other free agents and more options for the Giants’ front office to explore. Only time will tell if the Giants were successful this winter.

The Giants will open the regular season, on March 29th, on the road against the Dodgers.

Statistics courtesy of mlb.com and baseball-reference.com

 

Report: Giants Sign Mark Melancon

By Chandler Guadagnin

From the outset of the 2017 offseason, San Francisco began their search for a closer to anchor the back end of their bullpen. In the 2016 regular season, with Santiago Casilla as their closer, the Giants blew a Major League high 30 saves. All things considered, the toughest blown save to swallow came in NLDS Game 4 when, with a 3 run lead in the ninth, the Giants bullpen surrendered four runs to the Cubs, ending their season abruptly. The Orange and Black have now filled this major need in their bullpen.

According to reports, the Giants have agreed to terms with right-handed closer, Mark Melancon, on a 4-year, $62 million deal. The deal includes a $20 million signing bous with the possibility of an opt-out after 2 years. Melancon spent 2016 with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals, posting these numbers:

mark-melancon-2016-stats

Over his eight year stint in the Major Leagues, Mark Melancon has compiled these numbers:

mark-melancon-career-stats

The 31 year old, has spent eight years in the Major Leagues. The three time All-Star (including a selection in 2016), was considered the third best closer on the open market this offseason. The right-hander, has eclipsed, or met, the 30 saves mark three times in his career.

Due to splitting the season between two different organizations, Melancon was not attached to a qualifying offer. San Francisco reportedly beat out the Washington Nationals in the Mark Melancon sweepstakes.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.baseball-reference.com

Giants Look To Strengthen Bullpen, Outfield In Offseason

By Chandler Guadagnin

From the Giants dramatic collapse against the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLDS, it is clear that San Francisco plans to improve their bullpen, primarily from the in the closer position. This offseason, offers a plethora of closing arms that the Giants could pursue before the start of the 2017 season. Below is a list of possible closer options for San Francisco.

Aroldis Chapman, LHP

After spending the 2016 season with the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, Aroldis Chapman is back on the market looking to continue his success with a big contract. According to the current collective bargaining agreement, because Chapman split the year between to different teams, he is ineligible to receive a qualifying offer. Thus, the team that signs Chapman, need not worry about surrendering a draft pick. This season, between the Yankees and Cubs, Chapman posted a 4-1 record over 59 games and 58 innings pitched with a 1.55 ERA and 36 saves in 39 attempts. In the postseason, he tacked up a record of 2-0 over 13 games and 15.2 innings pitched with a 3.45 ERA and 4 saves in 7 opportunities. Besides his success in the bullpen, Chapman is known for his electric arm; which often, reaches triple digits. In all, Chapman is sure to receive a good paycheck.

Kenley Jansen, RHP

Jansen spent the 2016 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 68.2 innings pitched over 71 games, he went 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA, striking out 104 and compiled 47 saves in 53 chances. This postseason, he posted a 0-0 record with a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings pitched over 7 games. The Dodgers have tendered Jansen a qualifying offer; meaning that, whoever signs Jansen, will forfeit a draft pick to his former team.

Mark Melancon, RHP

The 31 year old, four time All-Star pitched for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals in 2016. During the regular season, with both Pittsburgh and Washington, Melancon went 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 71.1 innings pitched over 75 games, collecting 47 saves in 51 opportunities. Melancon, too, was a part of the 2016 postseason. He logged a 0-0 record in 4.1 innings pitched in 4 games with an ERA of 0.00 and went 1 for 1 in saves.

Not only are the Giants in need of a shutdown closer; they also are in search of an outfield bat. Options for the Giants include:

Yoenis Cespedes, CF

The 2016 Silver Slugger spent the 2016 season with the New York Mets.; electing to opt of his three year contract after a year. In 132 games played, Cespedes amassed 134 hits including 25 doubles, 1 triple and 31 home runs with 108 strikeouts and 51 walks, on his way to a .280 batting average and an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .884. Cespedes has been tendered a qualifying offer from the Mets.

Dexter Fowler, CF

A 2016 All-Star, Fowler spent the 2016 campaign as the leadoff man for the World Champion Chicago Cubs. Fowler hit .276 in 125 games with 25 doubles, 7 triples, and 13 home runs. Fowler is also known for his speed swiping 13 bases in 17 attempts. During the postseason, batted .250 with 5 doubles and 3 home runs and a stolen base. Fowler was tendered a qualifying offer from the Cubs.

Rajai Davis, CF

Davis, a former Giant, played for the AL Champion Cleveland Indians in 2016. This year, Davis hit for a batting average of .249 and an on-base percentage of .306. In 134 games played, Davis collected 113 hits, 37 of them for extra bases. For a 35 year old, Davis still has great speed as he swiped 43 bases in 49 tries. This postseason, Davis hit .147 in 15 games. Davis a double and of course, the World Series home run to tie Game 7.

San Francisco, who has already signed pitcher Josh Johnson to a minor league deal and picked up the club option on Matt Moore, have shown in past years that they are not afraid to spend some money. As the offseason progresses, the Giants will continue to monitor their options.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.baseball-reference.com