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Raiders reportedly in talks to play 2019 season at San Francisco’s Oracle Park

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The Oakland Raiders are headed to Las Vegas in 2020, but before they get there, they must decide where to play during the 2019 season.

The Raiders’ lease at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum expired following the 2018 season. There had been talks to renew the deal, but negotiations fell apart on December 11 when the city of Oakland filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NFL and all 32 of its teams in protest of the upcoming Las Vegas move.

So without a home location in place, the Raiders have actively sought other accommodations, including San Francisco’s Oracle Park, which is home of the MLB’s Giants.

ESPN reports the Raiders are actively in talks with the Giants about sharing the stadium in 2019, but the final decision may be that of the San Francisco 49ers. In order for the Raiders and Giants to share Oracle Park, the 49ers would have to waive their territorial NFL rights to the San Francisco market. The NFL would also have to approve any such deal.

Raiders owner Mark Davis was noncommittal on the early reports, telling ESPN, “when we’re ready to make the announcement, we will.”

The Raiders will host the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals in 2019, with their eighth home game coming against the Chicago Bears in London.

Drew Pomeranz signs one-year deal with Giants

The San Francisco Giants made an inexpensive move on Wednesday to bolster their starting rotation, signing left-hander Drew Pomeranz to a one-year contract.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the deal is worth just $1.5 million.

Coming off a down season in 2018, Pomeranz could end up being one of the better buy-low free agents on the market. While he has battled injuries throughout his career and posted a 2-6 record and 6.08 ERA in 74 innings last year, the 30-year-old was considered a big addition for the Red Sox two years ago and initially lived up to the hype.

In his first full season with Boston in 2017, Pomeranz went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA. He put together some quality seasons before that with the A’s and Padres and has a respectable career ERA of 3.92. There’s a reason we listed Pomeranz as one of our best potential bargains of MLB free agency, and there’s virtually no risk for the Giants in signing him to a $1.5 million deal. If he stays healthy, there’s no reason Pomeranz can’t have a bounce-back season pitching in the National League.

Report: Giants interested in 2B DJ LeMahieu, could trade Joe Panik

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The San Francisco Giants are reportedly exploring the possibility of trading second baseman Joe Panik, and that may be because they have their eye on a free agent to replace the veteran infielder.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Thursday that the Giants have been talking with teams about a potential Panik trade, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic added that they are interested in free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu.

Connecting the dots makes it seem like the Giants feel LeMahieu would be an upgrade over Panik, which isn’t all that hard to believe. Panik hit .254 last season with four homers, 24 RBI, and an OBP of just .307. LeMahieu hit .276 with a career-high 15 home runs and drove in 62 with the Colorado Rockies. He’s a career .298 hitter who batted over .300 from 2015-2017, winning the batting title with a .348 average in 2016. LeMahieu is also a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner.

The Nationals signed Brian Dozier to a contract on Thursday, so LeMahieu will likely be the next domino to fall at the second base position.

Report: Giants, Brewers have discussed Madison Bumgarner trade

Madison Bumgarner trade rumors continue to linger, and one report says that there is a clear suitor if the San Francisco Giants opt to deal their left-handed ace.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Giants have had substantial discussions with the Milwaukee Brewers about a Bumgarner trade, and the Brewers are still privately considering how willing they would be to give up the sort of young talent that would be required to make the deal happen.

Morosi notes that the Philadelphia Phillies also have some interest in Bumgarner, but are more focused on adding through free agency rather than via trade.

A Bumgarner trade still seems less likely now than it did earlier in the offseason. The Giants may wait until the season to deal him, as they’d have a broader group of potentially interested teams. The only downside is they’d be gambling on him staying healthy during the season. Milwaukee sounds like they could put together a prospect package now to make it happen and fill a need, as their rotation lacks top-end talent.

Giants appear to have significant interest in Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki held an open workout on Tuesday in hopes of proving that he is fully healthy and ready to contribute in 2019, and it appears at least one team is strongly considering giving him a shot.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the San Francisco Giants had the “most impressive presence” of any MLB team at Tulowitzki’s workout, with new general manager Farhan Zaidi and manager Bruce Bochy both in attendance to get a look at the shortstop.

Tulowitzki did not play last because of heel injuries, and the 34-year-old appeared in just 66 games in 2017 due to an ankle injury. He batted .249 with a .678 OPS, so he was already showing signs of decline before the significant injuries.

That said, the Toronto Blue Jays released Tulowitzki with $38 million remaining on his contract, so he is likely looking to sign a minimum contract with his next team. That significantly limits the risk involved with adding the five-time All-Star, and there have already been reports that one contending team is keeping an eye on him. If Tuesday’s workout was any indication, San Francisco is a potential landing spot for Tulowitzki.

10 MLB teams in need of a big offseason

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The MLB offseason is already underway, as proven by the New York Yankees’ major acquisition of James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners. Still, the largest dominoes have yet to fall, and it may be another week or two — if not more — before that begins happening.

Thus, teams are, in a sense, still positioning themselves for the offseason. Payrolls are being plotted and free agents are being explored, while the trade market begins to come to life as well. But some teams, for a variety of reasons, need to be more active than others given the places where their franchises are.

Here are ten teams who are facing very important offseasons for the future of their franchise.

10. San Francisco Giants

The Giants find themselves in a precarious position a year after an eventful offseason saw them go all-in to contend in 2018. They ended up losing 89 games thanks to injury and underperformance from some of their bigger names. Now, new president Farhan Zaidi is tasked with charting a path forward. How he handles this offseason could tell us a lot. The Giants can spend if they want to, but it seems unlikely that another free agent will put them over the top. Such a signing could ultimately hinder them in the long run. Alternately, they could try to dismantle some of their valuable pieces, but that would prove controversial. It’s a big decision that will have long-lasting impacts.

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New Giants GM will not rule out trading Madison Bumgarner

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Madison Bumgarner has helped the San Francisco Giants win three World Series championships and is one of the most dominant postseason pitchers of his generation, but it is not out of the question that the team could move on from him during a rebuilding phase.

New Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who served as the general manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers over the past four seasons, had high praise for Bumgarner on Wednesday but would not rule out trading the left-hander.

Bumgarner is owed a team-friendly $12 million in 2019 before he will become an unrestricted free agent. The Giants won just 73 games this season and 64 in 2017, and they are currently one of the worst teams in baseball. If Zaidi feels they are a few years away from being competitive, signing Bumgarner to a massive free agent deal may not make a ton of sense.

Of course, Bumgarner is one of the most popular players in Giants history. The 2014 World Series and NLCS MVP has a record of 8-3 and a 2.11 ERA in the postseason. While his success on the big stage is undeniable, San Francisco has to get to the playoffs for any of that to matter.

Zaidi just watched his former team extend one of its most important players, but the Giants are in a much different place than their biggest rival. If Zaidi has a chance to get a major haul in return for Bumgarner, he wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t at least consider it.

Farhan Zaidi accepts president role with Giants

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The NL West rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants just got more competitive and arguably more heated.

Farhan Zaidi, who has served as the Dodgers’ GM the past four seasons, has accepted a job as president of baseball operations for the Giants.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Hank Schulman reported the news:

The Giants will be Zaidi’s third MLB team after he began his career with Oakland before moving to the Dodgers.

During Zaidi’s time in LA, the Dodgers were the dominant team in the NL West while the Giants went from being barely a playoff team to being one of the worst in baseball. San Francisco is looking to overhaul the team and get back on track and thinks Zaidi can help them get there. They’re probably right.

The MIT graduate is known for being not just an analytics guy, but a creative and brilliant thinker who comes up with newer, better and different ways to do things. He is said to blend new-school thinking with old-school scouting.

In San Francisco, Zaidi will have his greatest responsibility and task yet. He worked beneath Billy Beane and David Forst in Oakland and beneath Andrew Friedman with the Dodgers. This is a promotion for Zaidi and a challenge he decided was worth of accepting.

Giants reportedly interested in Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi

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The San Francisco Giants’ GM search has gone slowly so far, and now we may know why that has been the case: The team has had its eye on someone who’s been busy lately.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Giants have interest in Los Angeles Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi for a potential president of baseball operations role.

Zaidi was hired by the Dodgers ahead of the 2015 season and just completed his fourth season with the team. LA has won the division all four years and reached the World Series in consecutive years despite coming up short. One of the franchise’s big moves under his watch was replacing Don Mattingly with Dave Roberts as manager.

The soon-to-be 42-year-old was a member of the Oakland A’s front office prior to being hired by the Dodgers. In LA, he works with Dodgers president Andrew Friedman to help build the team. It’s unclear whether he would consider a move to the rival Giants, for whom he could take on potentially a greater role.

Giants outlet trolls Dodgers after latest World Series loss

A San Francisco Giants media outlet trolled the Dodgers so hard after Los Angeles lost their second straight World Series.

NBC Sports’ Giants Twitter account was ready and loaded to tweet an image they had made once the Dodgers lost. The image featured Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig holding up World Series participation trophies, while Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey were in the back lounging with their three World Series trophies.

NBC Sports Bay Area, which televises Giants games, was just waiting to drop this tweet.

The Dodgers have been the dominant team in the NL West, winning the division the past six years. But the Giants have won the ultimate prize — three World Series since 2010 — while the Dodgers keep falling short in the postseason. That’s something for fans of the fourth-place team to celebrate.