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Articles tagged: San Francisco Giants

Bruce Bochy has plans to troll Royals during spring training game

Bruce Bochy

The San Francisco Giants still have a lot of the same players on their roster from when they won the World Series in 2014, and manager Bruce Bochy may call attention to that to bring back some bad memories for the Kansas City Royals this weekend.

It was the Royals that the Giants beat in a dramatic series more than four years ago, and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner came on to close out Game 7 with five innings of two-hit relief. Bumgarner is scheduled to pitch against Kansas City in Sunday’s spring training game, and Bochy said he might start the exact same infield behind the left-hander that the Giants had in Game 7.

That would be cold, Bruce. Keep in mind that Bochy recently announced he will retire after the 2019 season, so perhaps taking shots at opponents will be part of his farewell tour. It’s all in good fun, right?

Giants CEO Larry Baer taking leave of absence in wake of domestic incident

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Major League Baseball is investigating a video that showed Larry Baer involved in a physical altercation with his wife in public last week, and the San Francisco Giants CEO is taking a leave of absence in the meantime.

The team announced the decision on Monday, noting that Baer has “acknowledged that his behavior was unacceptable, apologized to the organization and is taking steps to make sure that this never happens again.”

The footage, which was captured by TMZ, showed Baer aggressively grabbing something out of his wife Pam’s hand at a public park in San Francisco. Pam Baer could be heard screaming before going to the ground.

Police were not called during the incident, and the person who recorded the video said he helped break things up. Even if no charges are filed, it seems likely that Baer will be facing disciplinary action from MLB.

Giants believe they have legitimate shot at signing Bryce Harper?

Bryce Harper

The San Francisco Giants are one of the teams that remain involved in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, and there’s a growing sense that they have a real chance to sign the star outfielder.

Harper reportedly met with Giants executives for the second time this month on Tuesday. While it was previously believed that they would only offer Harper a short-term deal, a more recent report claimed they have discussed a 10-year contract with the 26-year-old. All of that news seems to have Giants pitcher Derek Holland excited.

Shortly after Holland sent his tweet, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic noted that the “sense in the Giants clubhouse today is that they have a very legitimate shot of welcoming Bryce Harper this weekend.”

The Philadelphia Phillies were considered the favorites to sign Harper for the better part of the month, but that may no longer be the case. Harper seems to be waiting for a west coast team to match his best offer, and he is said to be less than thrilled with the idea of playing in Philly. If the Giants or Los Angeles Dodgers match whatever the Phillies have offered, Harper will likely sign with one of them.

Report: Giants have discussed 10-year deal with Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper

The San Francisco Giants have become very serious about signing Bryce Harper.

According to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, Harper and the Giants have discussed a 10-year contract in line with what he has reportedly sought from other teams, and are willing to go beyond simply offering a short-term deal.

It had been thought that the Giants were offering Harper a more short-term solution, but clearly they’ve grown more serious about bringing him in. Harper has been seeking a 10-year deal and was said to be uninterested in short-term pacts.

It’s a clear sign that the Giants mean business. They’ve met with Harper twice this month and appear ready to put their money where their mouth is. It’s not great news for the Philadelphia Phillies, who had been thought to be the frontrunner but have been unable to close the deal to this point.

Bryce Harper, Giants reportedly had second meeting this week

Bryce Harper

Philadelphia Phillies fans are patiently waiting for word that their team has signed Bryce Harper to a massive contract, but the star outfielder continues to negotiate with other teams. The San Francisco Giants have shown interest in Harper, and they reportedly remain in the mix.

Sources told Kerry Crowley of the San Jose Mercury News that Harper and his agent Scott Boras met with Giants executives on Tuesday, which was at least the second time the two sides met this month. The Giants are said to have extended at least one formal contract offer to Harper, but the terms are unknown.

Like the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Giants are reportedly interested in signing Harper to a short-term deal that could be worth more annually than some of the long-term offers he is mulling over. The general consensus is that a Boras client would not agree to a deal of that nature, but there is a growing belief that Harper does not want to play in Philadelphia.

Reports have indicated that Harper would prefer to play for a team on the west coast, so he and Boras may be trying to get the Dodgers and/or Giants to up their offers. It seems like the Phillies currently have the highest offer on the table, but Harper’s thoughts toward playing there could be why he has yet to sign with a team.

Report: Giants not ‘overly optimistic’ in Bryce Harper pursuit

Bryce Harper

Manny Machado’s signing with the San Diego Padres hasn’t really brought any more clarity to Bryce Harper’s situation.

The San Francisco Giants are still trying for Harper, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, and may no longer be focused on a short-term solution. People with the Giants, however, do not appear to be optimistic that they’ll end up being Harper’s preferred destination.

What’s clear is that Harper thinks he can get a lot of money — more than Machado. The Giants are a fairly late entrant into the Harper sweepstakes, and it remains to be seen if they’re willing to make that sort of financial commitment. It’s also not clear how interested Harper is in playing for the Giants, though there are some hints that may work in their favor.

Giants reportedly still in running to sign Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper

The Philadelphia Phillies have seemed like they are on the verge of signing Bryce Harper for the better part of a week now, but there is at least one other team in the running that could be making life difficult for them.

SNY’s Andy Martino reported on Wednesday that the San Francisco Giants remain in the hunt for Harper, while the Phillies are facing a “tough road” to sign the free agent slugger. If Philly is not willing to pay significantly more than $300 million, they may end up losing out.

The general consensus is that Harper is going to get more than Manny Machado, and Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday that includes an opt out after the fifth year. That is now the baseline for Harper’s deal, and agent Scott Boras is likely seeking significantly more.

Some comments made by a Phillies executive recently make it sound like less than a guarantee that the team is going to land Harper. Couple that with reports that Harper may actually prefer to play on the west coast, and the idea of him winding up in Philly hardly seems like a lock.

Report: Giants plan to offer Bryce Harper big money on short-term deal

Bryce Harper

The San Francisco Giants have suddenly emerged as one of the favorites to sign Bryce Harper, but the star outfielder may have to accept a somewhat untraditional free agent contract if he wants to play in the Bay Area.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Giants have no intention of offering Harper a contract in the neighborhood of the 10-year, $300 million deal he has been seeking. However, they do plan to offer the 26-year-old a “lucrative short-term deal,” which likely means it would have a higher average annual value than some of the offers other teams have made or discussed with Harper.

The Giants clearly have money they are willing to spend. They agreed to a trade last year that would have seen them acquire Giancarlo Stanton and the $265 million remaining on his contract, and they have only spent $9 million in free agency this winter. They desperately need a power hitter in the middle of their lineup, and Harper would provide that.

Ultimately, whether or not Harper ends up in San Francisco will come down to how much he prefers the Giants over other teams. It seems unlikely that they are going to make the highest offer in terms of total dollar amount, but there could be something to the talk of Harper wanting to play in San Francisco. Perhaps he’ll be willing to sign a shorter deal that will allow him to hit free agency again in the prime of his career.

Giants CEO shares information about Bryce Harper meeting

Bryce Harper

The San Francisco Giants are very much in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, and they’re not hiding it.

Giants CEO Larry Baer revealed Saturday that the team’s meeting with Harper this week went a full four hours — longer than the team expected — and added that the organization is “giving it a shot.”

Much like the general public, the Giants don’t seem to know where Harper’s thinking is at this point. Some reports indicate that the outfielder prefers the West Coast, which could benefit San Francisco hugely. Others suggest that his old team is carefully watching some potential suitors with the potential of jumping in aggressively. We don’t know much, but we do know that the Giants are serious and aren’t hiding that fact.

Report: Giants have internally discussed adding Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury

The San Francisco Giants are in pretty dire need of outfield help, and are looking at some curious names in a bid to make it happen.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Giants have internally discussed New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, and he believes that they may be willing to pursue a bad contract swap to bring in the one-time All-Star.

Ellsbury missed the entire 2018 season with a torn labrum in his left hip. His name popped up in some other hefty contract swap rumors this offseason, but nothing came of it.

Relying on Ellsbury would be a massive risk for the Giants, but it’s indicative of how much they’re struggling to find an outfielder right now. The 35-year-old is owed upwards of $42 million through 2020, plus a likely $5 million buyout in 2021.