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Samardzija To Begin Season on DL

By Chandler Guadagnin

Following a Wednesday Minor League start, Giants’ right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija, reported shoulder discomfort. Samardzija, who is San Francisco’s projected number three starter, underwent an MRI on Thursday.

The MRI revealed a strained right pectoral muscle. As a result, Samardzija will begin the regular season on the disabled list. The results of the test also shed light on the reason for Samardzija struggles this Spring.

Overall this Spring, Samardzija has appeared in four games. He has tossed eleven innings posting a 10.64 ERA, striking out 7, surrendering 6 home runs and 7 walks.

In his Wednesday start against the Cubs’ minor leaguers, Samardzija went 3 and a third innings. Over the first two innings, Samardzija was great, but collapsed in the last inning and a third. He surrendered two home runs and seven hits.

It is not yet known when he will return to the mound; however, the injury is not as severe as it could have been.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

Why Spring Training Standings Don’t Matter For Giants

By Chandler Guadagnin

Many people look at Spring Training as a foreboding to the regular season. However, past seasons have proven that it is not always the case. Take for instance the Spring Camps of the San Francisco Giants.

Beginning in 2010, it has been the opposite for San Francisco.

From 2010-2014, the Giants finished above .500 during Spring Training all 5 years. Of those seasons, San Francisco finished the regular season in first place just two out of the five seasons, or 40% of the time. Furthermore, in each of the Giants’ 3 World Championship runs, the Orange and Black compiled a 23-12 record in 2010. They finished in second place behind Cleveland in the Cactus League. In 2012, San Francisco posted a record of 18-15; slotting them into fifth place behind the Athletics, Mariners, Angels and Padres, respectively. Two years later, the Giants finished at 17-12 and in 4th place in back of Cleveland, the Angels and the Mariners, in order. We all know how each one of those seasons ended.

As an added bonus, were a combined 30-26 (.867), against the Dodgers in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

With Thursday night’s loss to the Padres, the Giants dropped to 10 and 10 on the Spring. That record is currently 10th best in the Cactus League.

So, perhaps, I am hopeful that the Giants will not conclude the Spring in first. Because, as recent history shows, Spring Training mediocrity has, for the Giants, led to regular and postseason superiority.

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

Offseason In Review: San Francisco Giants

By Chandler Guadagnin

With Spring Training underway and pitchers and catchers officially in camp, it’s time to take a look back and analyze the 2017-2018 offseason of the San Francisco Giants. It has been well documented that San Francisco finished 2017 with a record of 64-98. As such, the Giants front office was aggressive. With such a dismal season they had to be. San Francisco began the season in need of a new outfielder, bullpen help, an everyday third baseman and a starting pitcher or two. With so many moves made, it may be hard to keep up, so lets take a look at the Giants offseason in tabular form:

The Giants started the offseason by creating a vacancy in their starting rotation when, on December 16, San Francisco traded Matt Moore to the Texas Rangers for pitchers Sam Wolff and Israel Cruz.

On December 19, the Giants signed back catcher, Nick Hundley on a one year, $2.5M deal.

A day later on December 20, the Giants pulled off their first major trade of the offseason. San Francisco traded Christian Arroyo, Denard Span, Stephen Woods and Matt Krook to the Tampa Bay Rays for the services of 3B Evan Longoria.

The next big acquisition of the winter came on January 15, when the orange and black engineered a trade with the black and gold which sent Kyle Crick and Bryan Reynolds to the Pirates for outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

And just yesterday, the Giants added another former Pirate; signing relief pitcher Tony Watson to a two year contract with a player option for 2020. The deal is reported to be valued between $7-$9 million dollars. This allows the Giants to remain under the Competitive Balance Tax threshold for the upcoming year.

In addition to adding proven Major Leaguers, others remained on board for the upcoming year. These include: right handed starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, staff ace Madison Bumgarner and third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Both Cueto and Sandoval exercised their player options. Bumgarner was brought back via a team option.

In all, the Giants enter camp with four new major league players and seven new minor league contracts signed. However, with so many free agents yet to be signed, the Giants’ pocket book remains open.

Article Sources: www.mlb.com and www.baseballprospectus.com

Giants Sign Former Dodger Tony Watson

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Giants have officially added to their bullpen. San Francisco has added former Pirates and Dodgers relief pitcher Tony Watson on a multiyear deal to sure up the back end of their bullpen.

San Francisco has agreed with the lefty on a 2 year contract, worth $7-$9 million. The pact includes a player option for the 2020 campaign. This is big for the Giants, as it allows them to stay beneath the Luxury Tax threshold and avoid penalties for a third straight year.

Here are Watson’s statistics for the 2017 season, which he split between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.

Watson is entering his age 33 season.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

Giants Go Longo, Acquire Third Baseman

By Chandler Guadagnin

The San Francisco Giants filled in a hole in their infield, acquiring third baseman, Evan Longoria, for Denard Span and three of their top 30 prospects: Christian Arroyo (1), Matt Krock (25) and Stephen Woods (29).

Previous to trading for Evan Longoria, Pablo Sandoval was slotted to be the Giants everyday third baseman. Last season, in 156 games, Longo hit for a .261 average, an OPS of .737. He slammed 20 home runs and tallied 86 RBIs. On the defensive side of the ball, Longoria posted a fielding percentage of .968; only committing 12 errors in 1,240 defensive innings. Longoria is 32 years old.

Last season for the Giants, Span recorded a batting average of .272, a slugging percentage of .427, and going 12 for 19 in stolen base attempts. Span, 33, was entering the last year of a three year contract with San Francisco.

Christian Arroyo, the Giants number one prospect, had an injury shortened 2017. He split his time between Triple-A and the Big League club. Arroyo, previously considered to be the Giants third baseman of the future, hit .192, slugging three long balls, and getting on base to the tune of .244. in 34 games with the Giants. In 28 contests, with the Sacramento River Cats, he hit .380, with 4 homers and 16 RBIs. Arroyo will be 23 this season.

Matt Krock, ranked 25th in the Giants farm system, spent the season with Single-A Advanced San Jose. In 25 games, the left-hander went 4 and 9 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. He struck out 105 while walking 66. He will be 23 in 2018.

Stephen Woods played 2017 with Single-A Full Augusta. The righty went 6 and 7  in 23 games with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He struck out 113 and walked 64. He is entering his age 23 season.

Following this deal, San Francisco is still in the hunt for an outfielder, starting pitcher, and bullpen help. Now that Denard Span is a Tampa Bay Ray, the Giants will most likely be in the chase for not just one, but two outfielders.

This deal is not the first, nor will it be the last of the Giants 2017 offseason. Mark my words, the Giants are just getting started.

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

Yankees Win Stanton Sweepstakes

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Stanton Sweepstakes have finally come to an end. After months of swirling rumors, the Marlins have struck a deal with the Yankees to send Giancarlo Stanton to New York. When this process began, Stanton was believed to either be headed to the Giants or Cardinals. However, Stanton had all of the leverage because of the no-trade clause in his deal. As a result, Stanton vetoed the trade destinations of San Francisco and St. Louis. Stanton, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, stated that his number one trade destination would be the Dodgers. However, when that trade did not materialize, Stanton’s camp came out with a new list of teams to whom he would OK a trade. The teams on the list included the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees.

Almost immediately after the new list broke, talks between the Marlins and Yankees began to intensify. As part of the deal the Yankees will pick up $260 million of the $295 million left on Stanton’s pact. In return for Stanton the Marlins will get Starlin Castro and pair of low-level prospects.  Here is a visual breakdown of the deal:

Stanton joins an outfield of Brett Gardner and AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge. Stanton adds his behemoth bat to a Yankees’ team that led Major League Baseball in 2017 with 241 homeruns. Giancarlo, who hit a Marlin’s franchise record 59 homers last season, is slotted in a lineup with rookie phenom Aaron Judge. Judge, himself, slugged 52 homeruns in 2017. Reportedly, the Yankees plan for their outfield is to rotate the outfielders between defense and the DH position. Below is the Yankees projected lineup in 2018:

Long story short, if you are a fan who enjoys watching baseballs disappear into the night, this is the team for you. Introducing your 2018 AL East Champions.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

Via Ken Rosenthal

Report: Panik Not Offered in Stanton Talks

By Chandler Guadagjnin

Last week, it was reported that the Giants official offer for the Marlin’s Giancarlo Stanton included RHP Tyler Beede, OF Chris Shaw and 2B Joe Panik.

Now,another report from veteran MLB reporter, Bob Nightingale, has surfaced. It states that when the Giants’ front office heard the report they were “guffawed”. Instead Nightingale said that ” fringe-type guys” were most likely offered. Yet just another chapter in the thriller that is the ‘Stanton Sweepstakes’.

The market has seemingly narrowed to the Giants and Cardinals.

Source: http://www.knbr.com/2017/12/04/nightengale-giants-laughed-at-report-that-theyd-trade-panik-for-stanton-would-likely-offer-fringe-type-guys/

Miami Confident Stanton Would Approve Trade to Giants

By Chandler Guadagnin

The ‘Stanton Sweepstakes’ have been going on for a while now. Throughout the trade rumors, one question remains constant: will Stanton even end up on a new team? You see, Stanton has a full no trade clause. As a result, Stanton can refuse a trade to anyone, even if the Marlins want to send him off. However, it is now more probable that Stanton will be moved. He has presented a list of teams to the Marlins, to whom he would waive his no trade clause. At the top of that list are the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This morning, conflicting reports surfaced that Stanton was concerned about San Francisco and their depth after a 98-loss season. Conversely, Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network tweeted that the Miami Marlins are confident that Giancarlo Stanton would except a trade to the Giants if the opportunity presented itself.

“Sources: Giancarlo Stanton has not given formal word to #Marlins that he would accept trade to #SFGiants, but officials involved in talks are optimistic that he ultimately will. @MLBNetwork @MLB” -Jon Morosi via Twitter

The first offer that the Giants submitted to the Marlins was that they would swap Joe Panik, Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw for Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon. Later it was revealed that the Giants would rather trade for just Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins have reportedly made a counter offer to the Giants, in which they would trade just Giancarlo Stanton for the Giants trio. However, the Giants would have to fork over $250 million of the remaining $295 million on Stanton’s deal.

Stanton would allegedly like to test the Dodgers’ interest in him before he accepts a trade anywhere else.

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Information based on KNBR article: Marlins optimistic that Stanton would accept trade to Giants [report] by Jake Montero

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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