Player News - Giants

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Giants and 1B Brandon Belt avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.2 million contract.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman passed along the contract details. The two sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday, so they were able to work out a last-minute deal. Belt requested $7.5 million and was offered $5.3 million by the Giants when figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled for a little under the midpoint. He's under team control through 2017.
Feb 10 - 3:24 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Tim Lincecum's agent, Rick Thurman, will watch his client throw on Wednesday.

The two sides will then come up with a plan about when to hold a showcase for teams in Tempe, Arizona. Lincecum is making his way back from surgery last September to repair a torn labrum and impingement in his left hip. The Orioles, Marlins, and Rangers are among the clubs expected to be in attendance for his upcoming showcase.
Feb 9 - 8:47 AM

Giants signed INF Conor Gillaspie to a minor league contract.

The deal will presumably include an invitation to major league spring training as well. The 28-year-old had a rough go of things in 2015, slashing .228/.269/.359 with four homers and 24 RBI in 75 games between the White Sox and Angels. He'll compete for a bench spot with the Giants.
Feb 5 - 10:21 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are "one of several teams" expressing interest in Tim Lincecum.

Lincecum, who is making his way back from hip surgery, was reportedly set to begin throwing off a mound last week and is expected to hold a showcase for interested clubs soon. Encina isn't sure what the Orioles' level of interest is at this point, although that could become clearer after the showcase. Lincecum posted a 4.13 ERA over 15 starts last season before being shut down with his hip issue.
Feb 5 - 9:14 AM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News expects the Rangers to pursue cheaper options like Tim Lincecum and Gavin Floyd instead of more expensive free agents like Yovani Gallardo and Dexter Fowler.

GM Jon Daniels recently said "We are in the range of where we'll end up payroll-wise," which suggests the Rangers are through making big moves. The Rangers will be present for Lincecum's showcase later this month and it's possible they could sign him to a minor league deal and try him on for size in spring training. Grant conceded Texas could still make a play for Gallardo if his price drops low enough.
Feb 3 - 11:39 PM

Giants signed C Miguel Olivo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The last we heard from Olivo, he was released by the Dodgers in May of 2014 after biting teammate Alex Guerrero's ear in a dugout fight. The 37-year-old spent last season in the Mexican League. Olivo will be in camp with the big club, but he's not going to crack the Opening Day roster.
Feb 2 - 4:34 PM

Giants and RHP George Kontos avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.15 million contract.

It's just a hair above the midpoint of figures exchanged last month. A first-time arbitration-eligible player as a Super 2 qualifier, Kontos held a 2.33 ERA and 0.94 WHIP over 73 1/3 frames in 2015.
Feb 1 - 4:20 PM

Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News doesn't expect the Giants to re-sign Tim Lincecum.

Re-signing Lincecum wouldn't make much sense as the Giants already have a full rotation. Lincecum will throw for teams at a showcase next month. He's five months removed from hip surgery. The Marlins and Padres have both shown interest in Lincecum, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Jan 30 - 10:00 PM

Giants signed OF Gorkys Hernandez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Hernandez, 28, hit .288/.365/.406 at Triple-A with the Pirates last season and received a cup of coffee in the majors. He'll provide outfield depth.
Jan 26 - 4:20 PM

Giants re-signed LHP Braulio Lara to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lara, 27, posted a 6.08 ERA over 32 appearances -- five starts -- between Double- and Triple-A with the Giants last season. The southpaw has little chance of heading north with the big club.
Jan 26 - 4:16 PM

Giants signed RHP Albert Suarez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Suarez, 26, held a 2.98 ERA over 27 starts at Double-A with the Angels last season. He's never appeared in the majors and is merely a depth guy.
Jan 26 - 4:12 PM

Giants GM Bobby Evans acknowledged Monday that he has maintained contact with free agent Tim Lincecum.

"Timmy has been such a big part of our fabric and success," Evans told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It’s important we do our due diligence. Of course we’re going to keep in touch with Tim Lincecum." The former back-to-back Cy Young Award winner is planning to hold a showcase for interested teams next month in Arizona. He owns a rough 4.68 ERA (75 ERA+) over the last four seasons and underwent major hip surgery in September.
Jan 25 - 12:32 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum plans to hold a showcase for teams during the first half of February.

Lincecum is making his way back from surgery last September to repair a torn labrum and impingement in his left hip. How he looks in the showcase could go a long way in determining his market, but he might have to settle for a one-year, incentive-laden contract regardless.
Jan 22 - 9:41 AM

Giants signed C George Kottaras to a minor league contract.

Kottaras spent the entire 2015 season at Triple-A, batting .238/.372/.429 in 181 plate appearances between the International League affiliates of the White Sox and Blue Jays. The 32-year-old catcher will not be in the running for a spot on the Giants' Opening Day roster.
Jan 21 - 12:41 PM

George Kontos requested $1.35 million and was offered $850,000 by the Giants when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

With a sizeable gap between the two sides, this one could go to arbitration. The 30-year-old hurler is first-time eligible as a Super 2 qualifier. Kontos registered a terrific 2.33 ERA, 0.94 WHIP over 73 1/3 frames in 2015.
Jan 15 - 6:59 PM


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