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The Mercury News

San Francisco Giants: Follow the bad money, find the good trade targets

A creative, NBA-style trade should be a new model for the Giants to follow.

Golden Gate Sports

San Francisco Giants: Zack Cozart trade is a classic Farhan Zaidi move

The San Francisco Giants’ decision to trade for veteran shortstop Zack Cozart is a classic Farhan Zaidi move in every way — and that’s a good thing. San Francisco Giants fans have been waiting for the team to make any sort of positive addition to the roster this offseason. After seeing the likes of Will […] San Francisco Giants: Zack Cozart trade is a classic Farhan Zaidi move - Golden Gate Sports - Golden Gate Sports - A Bay Area Sports Site

Amazin Avenue

Amazin’ Avenue Winter Meetings Special, Day Three: COME BACK PLEASE

We discuss yet another day of the Winter Meetings spent doing nothing while a division rival gets better. In today’s third installment of the first ever Amazin Avenue Winter Meetings Special, Kenny and Lukas discuss the Zach Cosart trade, in which the Angels traded Zach Cosart and Will Wilson to the Giants in exchange for cash and a player to be named later, as well as the one year, $9 million contract that the Giants offered to Kevin Gausman. After, they discuss Didi Gregorious signing with the Phillies, and finish up by discussing potential trade packages the Mets might be willing to...

The Mercury News

Giants’ pursuit of Bryce Harper last year helps explain ties to free agent slugger

The Giants have historically struggled to lure free agent hitters to Oracle Park.

Rum Bunter

A Potential Blockbuster Trade for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Many rumors have surfaced that both the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants are looking to be active during the Winter Meetings. I believe that a blockbuster trade could greatly benefit both teams. While the trade I am going to propose has not been rumored yet at the Winter Meetings, it would not surprise me […] A Potential Blockbuster Trade for the Pittsburgh Pirates - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lone Star Ball

Angels send Cozart, Wilson to Giants in salary dump

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ The Angels have sent their first round pick from 2019 to the San Francisco Giants to unload Zack Cozart MLB Trade Rumors: Zack Cozart and Will Wilson have been sent by the Anaheim Angels to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later or cash, it has been announced today. Wilson, a shortstop out of North Carolina State, was the #15 overall pick in the 2019 draft, and the Angels are essentially giving up to the Giants to unload Cozart and the remainder of his 3 year, $38 million deal which is up after 2020. Cozart had a breakout year in 2017 as the...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies rumor: Club in talks with free agent Sergio Romo

Would veteran reliever Sergio Romo help the Phillies bullpen next offseason? Sergio Romo, the former Giants closer who helped them to multiple World Series titles, is a hot commodity for several at the Baseball Winter Meetings, including the Phillies. Despite turning 37-years-old in March, Romo is picking up interest from a number of contending teams, […] Phillies rumor: Club in talks with free agent Sergio Romo - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Mercury News

Report: Madison Bumgarner prefers to stay with Giants, could be offered $100 million

The Giants' Madison Bumgarner is one of three high-profile pitchers -- with Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg -- still on the free agent market.

The Mercury News

Sources: Giants interested in free agent slugger; here are 3 ex-Giants with whom he compares favorably

Nicholas Castellanos could break up the Giants' all-left-handed outfield as well as man the corner infield positions.

The Mercury News

With Cole Hamels, Zack Wheeler off the board, teams will pivot to Madison Bumgarner

A former Giants prospect, Zack Wheeler, just signed a contract worth more than $100 million. That bodes well for free agent left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

The Mercury News

Five new free agents who fill a need on the Giants’ 2020 roster

The Giants didn't see a fit for Kevin Pillar next season. So what type of players will they be interested in this winter?

The Mercury News

After being cut, Kevin Pillar sends Giants, fans a note of gratitude

Pillar uses Instagram post to express excitement about being a free agent as well as telling team, fans he 'loved every second' of playing for Giants.

Golden Gate Sports

San Francisco Giants made the correct, not popular decision with Kevin Pillar

The San Francisco Giants may not have made the most popular move non-tendering Kevin Pillar, but they did ultimately make the correct one. The San Francisco Giants received more out of Kevin Pillar than they could have ever hoped for when they acquired him in a trade from the Toronto Blue Jays just days into […] San Francisco Giants made the correct, not popular decision with Kevin Pillar - Golden Gate Sports - Golden Gate Sports - A Bay Area Sports Site

Reviewing the Brew

Is Jeff Samardzija a Brewers trade target?

The Milwaukee Brewers need starting pitching, and they’ve been clearing money off the books for the past few weeks. Could they look to add San Francisco Giants starter Jeff Samardzija? Coming into 2019, Jeff Samardzija had two years left on a deal that would pay him $39.6 million through 2020. He also posted a 6.25 […] Is Jeff Samardzija a Brewers trade target? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Mercury News

10 thoughts on the San Francisco Giants and their free agency approach

What's realistic for a team that needs to rebuild? What steps can the Giants take to ensure a brighter future?

The Mercury News

Stephen Vogt stays in NL West, opts to leave Giants in free agency

Vogt quickly became a fan favorite in both Oakland and San Francisco.

The Mercury News

Why Giants manager Gabe Kapler has yet to reach out to Madison Bumgarner

New Giants manager Gabe Kapler says he hasn't talked with free-agent pitcher Madison Bumgarner because he's trying to hire his coaching staff.

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves signing of Chris Martin pushes bullpen to elite levels

In a week that’s already seen the Atlanta Braves go out and the land the big fish in former San Francisco Giants closer Will Smith, Alex Anthopoulos pulled the trigger again to bolster the bullpen by bringing back a familiar face in Chris Martin. The Atlanta Braves originally acquired Chris Martin at the trade deadline […] Atlanta Braves signing of Chris Martin pushes bullpen to elite levels - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Mercury News

Kurtenbach: Here are three reasonable free agent targets for the Giants

The San Francisco Giants are going to sign free agents this winter, right? If they are, here are three they should target.

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Like Andrew Miller before him, Drew Pomeranz is quietly on the verge of a bullpen breakout

Could the next Andrew Miller be hiding in plain sight? At first glance, free-agent pitcher Drew Pomeranz was bad in 2019. His 2-10 record and 4.85 ERA split between the Giants and Brewers was unsurprising, because he was even worse the year before, pitching to a 6.08 ERA in Boston and all but guaranteeing...

The Mercury News

Giants mailbag: Will club pursue Gerrit Cole, who replaces Will Smith and what’s realistic in 2020?

The Giants are expected to take a different approach into free agency than they had in Farhan Zaidi's first offseason with the club.

The Mercury News

How Madison Bumgarner might fit with reported free-agency suitors

Bumgarner rejected the SF Giants' qualifying offer Thursday, making him a free agent.

Golden Gate Sports

The San Francisco Giants bullpen will look very different in 2020

The San Francisco Giants’ bullpen is set to look very different in 2020 following some midseason trades and an offseason full of roster turnover. The San Francisco Giants‘ bullpen was one of the team’s few strengths in 2019. However, that very strength could quickly become a weakness next season following a few months of change. […] The San Francisco Giants bullpen will look very different in 2020 - Golden Gate Sports - Golden Gate Sports - A Bay Area Sports Site

The Mercury News

What’s next for Madison Bumgarner and the Giants?

Even if the left-hander didn't have a storied postseason history with the franchise, he might be the free agent starting pitcher who makes the most sense to pursue anyway.

Brew Crew Ball

Tyler Austin signs contract to play in Japan

Photo by Dylan Buell/ The 1B/OF is heading overseas after his short stint in Milwaukee It didn’t take long for Tyler Austin to find work after declaring free agency following his outright assignment by the Brewers to start the offseason. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports the former Brewer and Yankee is heading to Japan to play in Yokohama on a one-year deal with a club option. Former Yankees 1B Tyler Austin is headed to the Yokohama DeNA Baystars on a one-year, deal with a club option, a source tells ESPN. Austin spent time with the Twins, Giants and Brewers in ’19. He’ll replace...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: What Will Smith’s Braves Deal Says About Ken Giles’ value

Closer Will Smith rejected San Francisco’s qualifying offer and has signed with the Braves for 3 years / $40 million. What does this tell us about Jays’ Closer Ken Giles market value? Lefty closer Will Smith rejected the Giants’ qualifying offer and left the free agent market even before the 5 p.m. ET deadline to […] Blue Jays: What Will Smith’s Braves Deal Says About Ken Giles’ value - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Mercury News

Will Smith signs with Atlanta Braves, Madison Bumgarner expected to reject Giants’ qualifying offer

Smith might not be the only Giants free agent pitcher to sign with the Braves this offseason.

Tomahawk Take

Braves make big splash in signing closer Will Smith

The Atlanta Braves made the first big splash of the offseason by signing free agent closer Will  Smith to a three-year deal. Many thought Will Smith could have been a member of the Atlanta Braves this past season but the San Francisco Giants decided not to trade him. Now the Newnan, Ga. native is set […] Braves make big splash in signing closer Will Smith - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Dontrelle Willis on whether the Giants should trade Bumgarner and NL Wild Card race | MLB WHIPAROUND

Dontrelle Willis and Eric Karros join Chris Myers to discuss whether the Giants should trade Madison Bumgarner at the deadline and make their picks for the NL Wild Card race. #FOXSports #MLB #MadisonBumgarner #DontrelleWillis #EricKarros

Madison Bumgarner could be trade candidate this offseason

The Giants could use their ace Madison Bumgarner as a key trade piece in the offseason. Take a look at his highlights from 2018. About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States

MLB.com FastCast: Zaidi to lead Giants - 11/7/18

The Giants officially introduced Farhan Zaidi as their president of baseball operations, plus the Mariners and Rays get close to a trade About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the Unite