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Giants’ expensive pursuit of a closer

Giants’ expensive pursuit of a closer

The pursuit of a closer is more expensive than ever, and Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jensen are on the verge of breaking Jonathan Papelbon’s record for signing the biggest contract as a closer, $50 million, and Mark Melancon might join the party. With the winter meetings opening Monday at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, the Giants are hot and heavy in the closer’s sweepstakes and reportedly are in serious negotiations with Melancon, meaning they’re willing to spend unlike they ever spent on a closer. The Giants never spent as much as $10 million in any season on a...

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Dusty Baker’s son, Darren, signs letter of intent with Cal

Darren Baker, best remembered in the Bay Area as the tiny tot of a batboy whisked up at home plate by Giants first baseman J.T. Snow during the 2002 World Series, will be back on a Bay Area baseball field. Baker, now 17, announced on Instagram that he has signed a letter of intent to play at Cal, saying “Dreams do come true” along with a photo of himself and his father, former Giants manager Dusty Baker, sitting at a table with the letter in front of them along with a Cal hat. Baker lives in Granite Bay and attends Jesuit High School in Carmichael; the second baseman hit .386 last...

Giants lay groundwork for finding a closer

According to speculation at the meetings, which could be no more than agent-speak, the first $100 million contract for a reliever could be near. Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen are young enough and throw hard enough to warrant deals surpassing the $50 million record set by Jonathan Papelbon, whose four-year contract with Philadelphia was signed in November 2011. If the Giants don’t want to pay these prices for a free agent, they could make a trade. Or take a chance on a less expensive free agent such as former Royals closer Greg Holland, whose Tuesday showcase was attended by Evans and...

Three Giants win Gold Glove awards

Three Giants win Gold Glove awards For the first time in 22 years, the Giants have won three Gold Glove awards: catcher Buster Posey, shortstop Brandon Crawford and in an upset, second baseman Joe Panik. The winners were announced on ESPN on Tuesday afternoon. Posey, Crawford and Panik were selected in a vote of National League managers and coaches who could not select their own players, in combination with a defensive index created by the Society for American Baseball Research. Posey's improved throwing to second base and pitch framing were lauded widely throughout the game in...

New Giants third-base coach Nevin to lean on Flannery

New Giants third-base coach Nevin to lean on Flannery The moment Phil Nevin got his first managing job eight years ago, with an independent-league team in Orange County, he called his former third-base coach in San Diego to ask how to do that part of the job. If you stop somebody in an obvious scoring situation, they'll boo you. In a phone interview from Reno, where he managed the Diamondbacks' Triple-A team for the past three seasons, Nevin said he was tickled to learn he and Alguacil were joining the Giants together. Nevin was in the running for the Diamondbacks' managerial opening...

Giants’ Krukow up for Hall of Fame honor

Giants television color commentator Mike Krukow was named Monday as a finalist for the Ford C. Frick award, given annually by the Hall of Fame for broadcast excellence. Krukow is one of eight team broadcasters on a ballot that will go to the 13 living Frick recipients and four baseball historians. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Giants name new base coaches to replace Kelly, Hayes

The club announced Monday it has hired onetime third baseman and outfielder Phil Nevin to replace Roberto Kelly as third-base coach. The Giants went internally to replace Bill Hayes as first-base coach, elevating Triple-A manager Jose Alguacil to the position. Alguacil, 44, has been a Giant since he was 20, when the organization signed him as an infielder after he spent two years in the Blue Jays' system. Alguacil, nicknamed "Augie," has been a jack of all trades within the Giants' system since 2007, when he was hired as a roving infield instructor. Kelly sometimes struggled in two...

Giants fan favorite Aubrey Huff reveals struggle with depression, suicidal thoughts in new book

Aubrey Huff has been candid about his struggle with depression in the past, but now he's sharing even more of his story.
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Big names join movement to get Stabler full Hall of Fame treatment

Raiders fans spent most of Friday railing against a Pro Football Hall of Fame policy that prevented Ken Stabler’s family from receiving a gold jacket

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