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Giants add reliever Julian Fernandez from Colorado in Rule 5 draft.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It will not appear this way on the transaction wire, but the Giants effectively completed a trade Tuesday that netted them hard-throwing Colorado relief prospect Julian Fernandez while they lost swingman Albert Suarez to Arizona. The Giants used the second pick of the Rule 5 draft Thursday to select Fernandez from the Rockies. He is a 22-year-old right-hander who routinely throws over 100 miles an hour and, though a long shot to make the 2018 club, could provide the strikeout stuff the Giants seek for their bullpen. Fernandez struck...

Giants complete ‘significant rebuild’ of weakened farm system

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - In winning three World Series, the Giants used their farm system effectively to stock their big-league club and trade for help. Things have changed. The system is not be barren, but the flow of prospects to the big club has slowed, and the Giants acknowledge that a dearth of sexy Top 100 prospects hinders them in trade talks. "It's fair to say our system is not as strong as we'd like it to be, and it does sometimes cost us deals," general manager Bobby Evans said Wednesday. "That's reality." The Giants hope to change the reality. The...

Giants keep looking after Marlins deal outfielder Ozuna to Cardinals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Less than a week after the Yankees cuckolded the Giants and Cardinals and got Giancarlo Stanton, Miami and St. Louis reached agreement on a deal for the second-biggest piece of Derek Jeter's fire sale. On Wednesday, the final full day of the winter meetings, the Marlins agreed to trade power-hitting left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals for a package of minor-leaguers. Ozuna would have fit the Giants perfectly, but they could not offer the Marlins an equivalent of Sandy Alcantra, a 22-year-old pitcher who throws 100 miles an...

Willie Mays pens heartfelt tribute to friend Ed Lee: ‘I will miss him’

Willie Mays was close with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died early Tuesday morning. Last year, on Mays’ 85th birthday, Lee oversaw the dedication of a cable car to the Giants’ legend. Tuesday, Mays wrote the following: I can't believe that Ed Lee is gone. I am as shocked as I am saddened. Mayor Lee was just always there. I'd meet him on the street outside of the ballpark, or he'd be at home plate joining me in a ceremony like the one we had for Tony Bennett. When my wife passed, he immediately came up with the idea for the Mae Mays Softball Tournament...

Giants rethink center-field options after Duggar’s Fall League performance

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Giants have not hidden their need to find a center fielder who can chase down balls at AT&T Park. After prospect Steven Duggar's fine performance in the Arizona Fall League, they are rethinking the need to acquire one from the outside. "We value Duggar as a guy we can look toward to in the future, so it does affect how we view addressing that need this offseason," general manager Bobby Evans said Monday during the first day of the winter meetings. "It does give us a mindset more short term." In other words, the Giants might look...

Giancarlo Stanton: Giants were not close enough to winning again

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Giancarlo Stanton was shooting the breeze with Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford at the World Baseball Classic in March, listening to the two Giants jokingly brag about winning during every even year. After a career of losing with Miami, Stanton wanted what Posey and Crawford had. Nine months later, Stanton decided he did not want to join Posey, Crawford and Co. in that quest because the Giants were too far away from competing for another title. The National League Most Valuable Player explained Monday why he was not prepared to...

Giants, A’s expecting fruitful winter meetings in wake of Stanton/Ohtani decisions

Teams out of the sweepstakes for Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani had an overridng reaction to the players finding new baseball homes before the winter meetings. Hallelujah. With Stanton a Yankee and Ohtani an Angel, the business of matching other big-name available players with suitors can commence, and it just so happens the offseason’s wildest week of rumors, innuendos and sometimes even rampant player movement is upon us. The winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Giants react to losing Stanton, Ohtani: ‘We knew both would be challenging’

The Giants had 98 losses during the season and reached 100 on Friday. On a crushing day for a last-place team that’s trying to contend in 2018, the Giants lost out on Japanese megastar Shohei Ohtani and home run king Giancarlo Stanton, the two most decorated available players. Ohtani decided to play in Anaheim with the Angels, and Stanton made it clear to the Marlins he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause to accept a trade to San Francisco. So the Giants must fall back on their other options to improve the outfield and add power to a...
Larry Brown Sports Dec 8, 2017

Report: Giants could turn to Jay Bruce, JD Martinez after missing Stanton

The San Francisco Giants are being forced to move to Plan B after losing out on Giancarlo Stanton. Reports indicate that the Giants have looked at slugging free agent outfielders such as Jay Bruce and J.D. Martinez, having prepared for the possibility that Stanton would reject a trade to San Francisco. The #SFGiants expressed interest...Read More

Giants miss out on Shohei Ohtani, who’ll play for Angels

Of the two elite available players the Giants were seeking, one decided to signed elsewhere and the other appears to be leaning elsewhere. Japanese megastar Shohei Ohtani announced Friday his decision to play in Anaheim and suit up for the Angels, with whom he will be able to serve as a designated hitter while doubling as a pitcher. The Giants anticipated Ohtani pitching and playing the outfield in the DH-free National League. With Thursday’s news that Giancarlo Stanton has other locales in mind other than San Francisco, the Giants appear to be going...

Giants hopes for Stanton trade dimming

A week has passed since a Giants delegation met with Giancarlo Stanton and his agent in Los Angeles, longer since the Giants and Marlins reached a deal to send the National League Most Valuable Player to San Francisco if he agreed to waive his no-trade clause to come to the Bay. Stanton's reticence to accept a deal to the Giants appears less likely with each passing day. Now, there is some evidence to support that. The Chronicle heard Thursday afternoon that Stanton confided in a longtime friend that the Giants are not his first choice and might be his last.

Giants ‘impressed’ in meetings with Stanton, Ohtani, who comments on Posey’s ‘great aura’

Giancarlo Stanton loves to play at AT&T Park, and Shohei Ohtani loves Buster Posey’s “great aura.” Those were two of the takeaways in the Giants’ meetings with the two players they’re pursuing the most, according to general manager Bobby Evans in a Chronicle interview on Thursday. Evans confirmed the Giants came to terms with the Marlins on a trade for Stanton that’s contingent on the right fielder approving it. The Giants and Cardinals have been the most aggressive pursuers, though it’s believed Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, is...

Hunter Pence is using old Halloween photos to convince Stanton to join the Giants

The media frenzy around Giancarlo Stanton's offseason just got a little weirder courtesy of, who else, Hunter Pence.
Larry Brown Sports Dec 5, 2017

Giants reportedly had second meeting with Giancarlo Stanton’s reps

The San Francisco Giants continue to do their due diligence on the Giancarlo Stanton front. Damon Bruce of 95.7 The Game reported on his radio show Tuesday that the Giants recently had a second meeting with Stanton’s reps. He did add though that Shohei Ohtani, not Stanton, is the Giants’ top priority, citing “the reality...Read More

Introducing Giants Double Play, The Chronicle’s new baseball podcast

Giants Double Play is The Chronicle’s new podcast on the Giants and Major League Baseball. In this inaugural episode, Giants beat writer Henry Schulman and assistant sports editor Janny Hu take you behind the scenes of baseball’s infamous offseason. Find out about the history of the hot stove league, what really goes on at baseball’s annual GM and winter meetings, and where this year’s biggest prizes — Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani - might land. Links to Giants Double Play will be posted to SFChronicle.com....

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    Hunter Pence is using old Halloween photos to convince Stanton to join the Giants

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    Giancarlo Stanton: Giants were not close enough to winning again

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