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Giants, A’s expecting fruitful winter meetings after Stanton/Ohtani decisions

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:06:37 UT

Teams that lost the Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes had a similar reaction to the players finding new baseball homes before the winter meetings. Hallelujah. With Stanton with the Yankees and Ohtani the Angels, the business of matching other big-name available players with suitors can commence, and it just so happens the offseason’s wildest week of rumor, innuendo and sometimes even rampant player movement is upon us. The annual meetings, which run through Thursday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.



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

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 17:06:11 UT

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 announced they were not going to get Giancarlo Stanton after learning he and the Miami Marlins were closing in on a deal with another team that Stanton preferred. An industry source said it was Yankees. Ohtani decided to play in Anaheim with the Angels, one of three American League clubs he chose as finalists. So the Giants must fall back on their other options to improve the outfield and add power to a lineup that hit the fewest home runs in the majors.



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

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 21:09:03 UT

Of the two elite available players the Giants were seeking, one decided to sign 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 0-for-2. The Chronicle has reported the Giants, who need lots of help in the outfield, have discussed free agent J.D.



Giants ‘impressed’ in meetings with Giancarlo Stanton, Shohei Ohtani

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 02:39:19 UT

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 Wednesday. Evans confirmed the Giants came to terms with the Marlins on a trade for Stanton that has contingencies, including 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 holding out for his hometown Dodgers to engage in serious talks.



Dodgers could be Giants’ chief competition for Stanton

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 01:49:52 UT

If the Giants trade for Giancarlo Stanton, their fans would know he left his heart in Los Angeles. Not that it would matter. The Giants are in desperate need of a power hitter, and their fans would welcome him under virtually any circumstances, even if it meant his first choice was wearing Dodger blue. With the Dec. 11-14 winter meetings approaching, trade talks involving Stanton could come to a head in the coming days as the scaling-down Marlins are eager to shed most, if not all, of the remaining $295 million on his contract. He’d need to approve any deal because of his full no-trade clause.



Cal tries new alignment in 87-67 rout of Seattle

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 00:26:32 UT

There will be games like these. One-sided games that never are in doubt and virtually are over before the 8-year-old gets to grab his/her first handful of cotton candy. The Cal women’s basketball team was seeking a boost in the wake of a three-point loss to then-No. 23 Missouri, and the Bears got it with Thursday’s 87-67 laugher against Seattle University. It was Kids’ Day at Haas Pavilion, prompting an 11:30 a.m. start, and thousands of children from area schools took a field trip on campus and watched the Bears roll over the Redhawks. What they might remember most, besides the high-pitched cheers and free pom-poms, was the tall and talented players wearing No. 31 and 30 in home whites.



A’s hire Matt Williams as third-base coach

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:18:21 UT

Matt Williams, a Gold Glove third baseman and one of the most popular Giants in the ’80s and ’90s, was hired by the A’s to coach third base next season, the team announced Friday. Williams is reuniting with Oakland manager Bob Melvin, his former Giants teammate. “I know him about as well as anyone in baseball,” Melvin said. “When we lost Chip (Hale), my first thought was Matty. He’s one of those presence guys. He had a great career, has an incredible work ethic, and it’ll be huge to have him back on the field and working with our young players.



Manfred open to A’s proposed stadium site, acknowledges drawbacks

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:38:01 UT

ORLANDO — Rob Manfred is running out of patience when it comes to pace of play in baseball. He said Thursday that new rules to speed games will be in place in 2018 even if the players’ union isn’t on board. The commissioner has far more patience with the pace of the A’s stadium pursuit, which is focused on the Peralta Community College District with a projected opening in 2023. “There are some really appealing aspects to the site,” Manfred said at the conclusion of the quarterly owners’ meetings. “Its proximity to downtown. Lake Merritt is beautiful in its own right. I think it’s a positive that the A’s are focused on being in Oakland.



A’s trade Ryon Healy for reliever Emilio Pagan and minor-leaguer

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:55:23 UT

ORLANDO — Ryon Healy gained immediate popularity among A’s fans when hitting 13 home runs after the All-Star break in his 2016 debut season. He hit 25 more this season but became expendable after corner infielders Matt Chapman and Matt Olson emerged and with Khris Davis expected to get more time at designated hitter. Wednesday, the final day of the general managers’ meetings, the A’s traded Healy to the division rival Mariners for reliever Emilio Pagan and a minor-league shortstop. The A’s were committed to rebuilding their bullpen after trading Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson in July.



Giants discuss free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:05:25 UT

ORLANDO — Say this for the Giants. If a player with any degree of value is available, they’ll have interest. With an abundance of roster openings, they aren’t quick to rule anybody out. In other words, it’s not all about Giancarlo Stanton. It can be anyone from Eduardo Nuñez, who played in San Francisco before his July trade to Boston, to J.D. Martinez, who actually had a better home run rate than Stanton. Two industry sources said the Giants have had discussions on Martinez, the most potent hitter on the free-agent market whose contract would be less than Stanton’s and with fewer years.



A’s still see Bruce Maxwell as next season’s catcher

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 04:20:33 UT

ORLANDO — Until further notice, the A’s still view Bruce Maxwell as their No. 1 catcher in 2018. Maxwell pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Phoenix to assault charges after he allegedly waved a gun at a food-delivery person last month. Major League Baseball will investigate the matter, and Maxwell could be subject to discipline by MLB or the A’s. “I don’t want to talk about the off-field stuff right now. We’ll let the criminal proceedings play out,” general manager David Forst said at the GM meetings in Orlando. “But from a baseball standpoint, I expect Bruce to be our catcher next year.” Maxwell hit .



If Giants get Giancarlo Stanton, the preference is sooner rather than later

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:15:47 UT

ORLANDO — Giants general manager Bobby Evans and Michael Hill strolled through the hotel lobby like two men who wanted to pull off a Giancarlo Stanton trade. “We’re going to go shoot hoops,” Evans said. It was a joke. Evans didn’t pull on his high-tops. There’s no playtime at the general managers’ meetings, where Hill, the president of baseball operations for the Marlins, is talking about moving Stanton and Evans’ Giants are talking about acquiring him. It seems a perfect fit, one team desperate to shed the biggest contract in baseball history and the other desperate to add someone who knows what a home run trot feels like.



Giants, A’s seeking outfielders at GM meetings; FYI, Giancarlo Stanton is a mighty fine defender

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:32:10 UT

ORLANDO - As serious as the Giants say they are about upgrading their lineup, they need to be just as serious about upgrading their defense, particularly in the outfield. “The outfield is really the focal point,” general manager Bobby Evans said. “Our outfield defense really struggled this year. When you play in a big ballpark, if we don’t protect our pitching with better defense out there, we’re going to pay the price.” It’s the second day of the GM meetings in Orlando, and the Giants and A’s continue to lay the groundwork for improving their rosters, and both teams need outfielders.



A’s refuse Yankees’ request to interview Bob Melvin

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 04:17:50 UT

ORLANDO — The Yankees wanted to interview Bob Melvin for their vacant manager’s job, and the A’s refused to grant permission. General manager David Forst said Monday that the A’s are committed to Melvin, calling him “absolutely the right guy” to oversee the development of a young team that finished in last place again but won 17 of its final 24 games and had more wins in September than in any other month since 2014. Melvin received a one-year extension in September and is signed through 2019. The Yankees are seeking a replacement for Joe Girardi, who was fired after New York lost a seven-game American League Championship Series to Houston.




Could Giants trade Madison Bumgarner? ‘It’s not our plan’

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:15:41 UT

ORLANDO — As the Giants’ miserable season wound down, the front office designated only three untradeable players with 2018 on the horizon: Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Madison Bumgarner. Has that changed? Posey and Crawford have full no-trade protection in their contracts, but Bumgarner can be dealt without his consent and has just two years remaining before free agency.