Player News - Giants

Date: Team: Pos:

Giants signed OF Caleb Gindl to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old hasn't played in the big leagues since the 2014 season. He slashed .284/.335/.533 with eight homers and 25 RBI in 44 games for Double-A Richmond while spending the rest of his 2017 season with the Landcaster Barnstormers in the independent Atlantic League.
Oct 7 - 8:19 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Denard Span has volunteered to the Giants to move to left field next season.

Span hasn't played anywhere other than center field since 2009, but his defensive metrics in center have cratered the last few years. The veteran outfielder will turn 34 in February and is under contract for $11 million in 2018, with the Giants holding a $12 million option (or $4 million buyout) for 2019. The Giants' main goal this winter is to add a big bat, so whether or not Span ultimately moves to left next year likely depends on what position that new bat plays.
Oct 6 - 1:01 PM

Hunter Pence underwent a precautionary MRI on his back, which came back clean.

Pence missed a couple of games in September with what was termed as back spasms. Fortunately, it's nothing serious. Pence turns 35 next April and is coming off a career-low .701 OPS over 134 games this season. He's owed $18.5 million next year in the final season of his contract.
Oct 3 - 4:03 PM

Brandon Belt (concussion) will go into the offseason with no restrictions.

Belt was shut down after suffering a concussion in early August, but he's been cleared by MLB. Still, his concussion history is worrisome at this point. The 29-year-old batted .241/.355/.469 with 18 homers in 104 games when healthy in 2017.
Oct 3 - 3:38 PM

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Tuesday that Gorkys Hernandez is looking at hamate bone surgery.

Hernandez dealt with a wrist injury in September and apparently it's of the hamate bone variety. Assuming he requires surgery, Hernandez should have plenty of time to heal during the offseason. The 30-year-old appeared in 128 games with the Giants this season while batting just .255/.327/.326 with zero homers and 12 steals.
Oct 3 - 3:03 PM

Buster Posey went 1-for-1 with a double in a victory over the Padres on Sunday.

It's the 20th double of the season for Posey, who ends the year with a .320/.400/.462 line. He didn't have the kind of run-production we're used to seeing him have, but a lot of that has to do with playing in a lineup that stunk. He's still one of the better options at his position in fantasy ranks.
Oct 1 - 6:26 PM

Johnny Cueto gave up four runs and 12 hits in five innings, but got the no-decision in a 5-4 win over the Padres.

As was the case for most of the season, Cueto failed to keep hitters off balance, and gave up plenty of baserunners while failing to miss bats. Cueto might be the poster child for how poorly things went for the Giants in 2017. He's certainly a bounce back candidate when you consider his previous success, but he's no longer a young pitcher, so there's a chance his best days are behind him.
Oct 1 - 6:21 PM

Pablo Sandoval hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Giants a 5-4 win over the Padres on Sunday.

Baseball is so weird. Sandoval's homer came off of Phil Maton, and it might have cost the Giants the chance to pick first in next year's draft. It was a disaster year for San Francisco, and Sandoval wasn't very good with them or the Red Sox. It'd be surprising if he was an everyday player -- or even a significant bench player -- for a team in 2018.
Oct 1 - 6:18 PM

Sam Dyson took a blown save and a loss after allowing two runs in the ninth inning against the Padres on Saturday.

He gave up two singles followed by an Austin Hedges double that turned a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 defeat. He did managed to strike out two batters but that is small consolation for his fantasy owners and Giants fans. Dyson has been filling in at closer with Mark Melancon on the disabled list. He has a 6.09 ERA with 14 saves while splitting the season between the Rangers and Giants this year. He has only 34 strikeouts and a whopping 30 walks in 54 2/3 innings.
Sep 30 - 7:42 PM

Hunter Pence went 1-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs during Saturday's loss to the Padres.

He plated a run in the first inning with a fielder's choice groundout, then laced an RBI single in the seventh. It looked like those two runs would be enough to win the game until closer Sam Dyson blew it in the ninth inning. Pence has a .261 batting average with 13 home runs and 67 RBI in 133 games.
Sep 30 - 7:37 PM

Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in a loss to the Padres on Saturday.

The veteran catcher is rocking an elite .317/.397/.458 slash line at the thinnest fantasy lineup position. His counting stats are down this year largely because the hitters around him in the Giants' batting order have not been able to support him at all. He has 12 home runs with 67 RBI and 60 runs -- all of which are career lows in a full season for Posey.
Sep 30 - 7:33 PM

Matt Cain held the Padres scoreless for five innings in the final start of his career Saturday, but he ultimately settled for a no-decision.

He surrendered just a pair of singles and a walk while striking out four in the brief but effective start. While Cain has faded significantly in recent years while dealing with injuries, it was a nice way to finish his career in front of the home crowd. He'll finish the year with a 5.43 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 27 games (23 starts), but Giants fans will remember him most for the good times. He'll wrap up his career with a 3.68 ERA and 104 wins.
Sep 30 - 7:25 PM

Chris Stratton blanked the Padres for 6 2/3 innings and struck out seven in a win Friday.

Stratton ends up 4-3 with a 2.98 ERA and a 44/25 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings in 10 starts for the Giants. If the team sticks with what it has now, he should enter next spring favored over Ty Blach to open up as the fifth starter behind Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore. Still, it might be nice to add to that group and amass a little more depth.
Sep 30 - 2:04 AM

Buster Posey had three doubles and three RBI versus the Padres in Friday's win.

The three doubles gave him 33 for the season. From a fantasy perspective, it's been a disappointing season for Posey; he appears set to finish with his lowest homer total in a full season and his fewest RBI since 2010. Still, more than anything else, his issues have to do with subpar teammates. He's batting .317 with an OBP that might end up at .400. He remains one of the league's best players.
Sep 30 - 1:59 AM

Joe Panik went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Friday against the Padres.

Panik has spent considerable time hitting low in the order, but when he's been put in the one or two holes, he's gotten on base 35 percent of the time and also slugged nearly .450. By any measure, he's been one of the Giants' best players this year, and he'd seem to deserve a bit more respect.
Sep 30 - 1:57 AM


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