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San Jose Mercury News Feb 2, 2016

Photos: San Francisco Giants star Brandon Crawford buys sprawling spring training home

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has purchased a $1.6 million property in Scottsdale, Ariz., reports Realtor.

Charting what Tim Lincecum means to the Giants, and what lies ahead as he readies himself for a showcase

SAN FRANCISCO – This is a bit inane, but bear with me. Tom Anderson, the multimillionaire creator of Myspace, wants the Giants to re-sign Tim Lincecum. So does turn-of-the-millennium punk-pop band Smash Mouth. Anderson even joked that he would front… Continue Reading → The post Charting what Tim Lincecum means to the Giants, and what lies ahead as he readies himself for a showcase appeared first on Giants Extra.

MySpace co-founder offers to pay for Giants to keep Lincecum

Tim Lincecum has a lot of fans, but few with deeper pockets than Tom Anderson, that guy who was your first friend on MySpace.

Giants’ non-roster invitees include Tyler Beede, Christian Arroyo

The Giants have invited 21 non-roster players to training camp next month, including a couple of their best prospects, pitcher Tyler Beede and shortstop Christian Arroyo. Beede was the Giants’ first-round pick in 2014 (14th overall), and Arroyo was a first-rounder (25th overall) in 2013. Outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks, who has played 278 games in the big leagues, most recently for the Rangers, is among the invitees and will be given a shot to become the No. 5 outfielder. Others include lefty Ricky Romero, an All-Star with the Rays in 2011 who hasn’t pitched in the majors since...

Former All-Star Ricky Romero among 21 non-roster invitees to Giants camp

SAN FRANCISCO – When it comes to non-roster invitees and the Giants, you never know. Gregor Blanco came to camp that way. So did Juan Uribe, Andres Torres, Santiago Casilla and Ryan Vogelsong. Those guys all own World Series rings,… Continue Reading → The post Former All-Star Ricky Romero among 21 non-roster invitees to Giants camp appeared first on Giants Extra.
San Jose Mercury News Jan 25, 2016

Meet the guy who helped ignite a baseball spark in Giants' Hunter Pence

Giants outfielder Hunter Pence honors the baseball facility owner who once gave him a glove when times were tough.

Commissioner Rob Manfred says strike zone could be altered a bit

Commissioner Rob Manfred says strike zone could be altered a bit NEW YORK — Baseball’s strike zone could be getting a slight lift. Major League Baseball is studying whether to raise the bottom of the strike zone from the hollow beneath the kneecap back to the top of the kneecap. “I’m not in a position to predict whether it’s going to happen or not,” Rob Manfred said during an interview Monday on his anniversary as baseball commissioner. An agreement with the players’ association would be necessary to make a change for this year, and baseball officials said the matter is...

Tim Lincecum eyes February showcase: Giants seem a darkhorse

Tim Lincecum, the Giants’ two-time Cy Young Award winner and one of the most popular players in team history, tentatively plans to pitch in a showcase in the first two weeks of February hoping to land a big-league job, his agent said Friday. Thurman said almost all the 30 teams have contacted him about Lincecum and at least 20 have requested medical information, adding he wouldn’t permit his client to throw in a showcase until he’s 100 percent. Lincecum, 31, who last pitched for the Giants on June 27, underwent hip surgery Sept. 3 at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. Thurman...

To DH or not to DH — Giants still oppose it

The tidbit isn’t forcing noted part-time hitters Madison Bumgarner and Bartolo Colon into retirement, but the where-there’s-smoke-there’s-fire thinking always is a consideration, especially among DH-fearing fans who prefer old-style strategies and pitchers swinging for themselves. The current labor agreement is in its final year and expires Dec. 1, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the DH discussion intensifies - starting with adding the rule to interleague games in NL parks. Under commissioner Bud Selig, there was little chance the NL would ever take on the DH rule, and successor...

Giants exchange arbitration figures with Brandon Belt, George Kontos

SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants exchanged arbitration figures with first baseman Brandon Belt and right-hander George Kontos on Friday, a key part of the process to arrive at 2016 salaries for the two players. Belt, who is in his third… Continue Reading → The post Giants exchange arbitration figures with Brandon Belt, George Kontos appeared first on Giants Extra.
San Jose Mercury News Jan 15, 2016

Giants, Belt exchange arbitration figures

First baseman Brandon Belt has asked for a $7.5 million salary for the 2016 season from the San Francisco Giants, who are offering $5.3 million.

Giants, Belt far off in contract numbers

Belt on Friday formally filed a request for a $7.5 million salary, more than doubling the $3.6 million he earned last year, according to arbitration maven Jon Heyman. A panel of three arbiters would hear arguments from both sides and pick one salary or the other. The Giants have not gone through an entire arbitration hearing since 2004, when new catcher A.J. Pierzynski beat them to earn $3.5 million. The Giants and Tim Lincecum walked into a hearing room in 2012, bit settled on a two-year, $40.25 million deal just as arguments were about to begin. Shortstop Brandon Crawford also was...
Arizona Republic Jan 13, 2016
Giants trade RHP Hall to Diamondbacks

Giants trade RHP Hall to Diamondbacks

The San Francisco Giants have traded right-hander Cody Hall to the Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash considerations.         

Giants trade Cody Hall to Diamondbacks

Right-hander Cody Hall, who was designated for assignment last week, has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the Giants announced. Hall won't register alongside Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller in… Continue Reading → The post Giants trade Cody Hall to Diamondbacks appeared first on Giants Extra.

Giants legend Monte Irvin dies

Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, a Negro League legend and one of the Giants’ first two African-American players, died Monday night of natural causes at his Houston home. Mr. Irvin was a candidate to become baseball’s first African-American player before Branch Rickey of the Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson, who debuted in 1947. Mays last saw Mr. Irvin at the White House in June when President Obama honored the Giants for winning the World Series. In May, when the Giants were playing a series in Houston, team executives visited with Mr. Irvin to present him a World Series ring and invite him...

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