Player News - Giants

Date: Team: Pos:

Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

That's a shame. It's ultimately not all that surprising, as his body simply hasn't cooperated with him. Johnson has dealt with all sorts of injuries for a few years and hasn't pitched in a major league game since 2013. He underwent a third Tommy John surgery in September of 2015, but wasn't able to make his way back. While the injuries have overshadowed things in recent years, it's easy to forget that Johnson was one of the game's best starting pitchers for a stretch. He made two All-Star appearances during his nine-year career and led the NL with a 2.30 ERA in 2010. He'll finish his career with a 58-45 record to go along with a 3.40 ERA (124 ERA+) and 915 strikeouts in 998 innings.
Jan 19 - 8:17 PM

Giants and LHP Will Smith avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Smith put up a 3.35 ERA and 48/18 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 relief innings for the Brewers and Giants last season. He was arbitration-eligible for the second time.
Jan 13 - 4:10 PM

Giants and INF Eduardo Nunez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million contract.

It's the 29-year-old's final year of arbitration eligibility. Nunez is slated to handle third base for the Giants this season.
Jan 13 - 3:11 PM

Giants and RHP George Kontos avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Kontos was arbitration-eligible for the second time. The reliever boasts a 2.90 ERA over the last five seasons out of the Giants' bullpen.
Jan 13 - 3:10 PM

Giants and 3B Conor Gillaspie avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

Gillaspie saw the field in 101 games this past season, slashing .262/.307/.440 with six homers and 25 RBI during the regular season. He proceeded to play brilliantly in the postseason, posting a .421 batting average and 1.105 OPS in 19 Wild Card Game and NLDS at-bats. The 29-year-old third baseman has not seen more than 240 at-bats since the 2014 campaign and figures to play in a part-time role once again in 2017. Eduardo Nunez is expected to serve as the Giants' starting third baseman this coming season.
Jan 11 - 8:43 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Jake Peavy is among the list of free agent hurlers that the Padres remain interested in.

Rosenthal also lists Doug Fister and Jered Weaver as potential options, but cautions that Weaver is the least likely of the trio. Peavy broke in with the Padres in 2002 and posted a 3.29 ERA over 212 starts with the Friars, winning the National League Cy Young Award in 2007. While he's an afterthought in most fantasy drafts at this stage, a move to Petco Park could be a nice boost to his value.
Jan 7 - 11:04 AM

Team USA has been in touch with Madison Bumgarner about him possibly joining the team sometime after the first round of the World Baseball Classic.

Bumgarner turned down the opportunity to pitch in the last WBC in 2013, but he would be quite a weapon to have during the later rounds of the tournament. Teammate Buster Posey has already been confirmed to participate.
Jan 3 - 10:02 AM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports Buster Posey and 10 other position players have confirmed their intent to play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

The complete list thus far is Posey, Jonathan Lucroy, Eric Hosmer, Paul Goldschmidt, Ian Kinsler, Nolan Arenado, Brandon Crawford, Daniel Murphy, Christian Yelich, Adam Jones and Andrew McCutchen. Pitchers have been harder to come by. The team is shaping up to be stronger than the American teams in prior WBCs.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 06:33:00 PM

Giants signed C/1B Josmil Pinto to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old has fallen off since his strong debut with the Twins in September of 2013. He spent most of the 2016 campaign at Triple-A Colorado Springs where he slashed .308/.362/.517 with 11 homers and 51 RBI in 315 plate appearances.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 06:39:00 PM

Giants signed 1B/OF Michael Morse to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 34-year-old slugger was released after just eight hitless at-bats with the Pirates in 2016 and opted to sit out the remainder of the season rather than signing a minor league deal elsewhere. It's doubtful that he has enough left in the tank to be relevant in fantasy leagues, even if he miraculously cracks the major league roster.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 11:05:00 PM

Giants signed OF Justin Ruggiano to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 34-year-old appeared in just nine games at the big league level with the Rangers and Mets in 2016, slashing .333/.385/.625 with two homers, seven RBI and a 10/2 K/BB ratio in 26 plate appearances. He'll compete for a reserve outfielder role with the Giants.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 11:01:00 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres have had discussions with free agent right-hander Jake Peavy.

Peavy is coming off a career-worst 5.54 ERA over 21 starts and 10 relief appearances with the Giants, but he'd have a clear path to a spot in the Padres' rotation if he can stay healthy. The 35-year-old was originally drafted by the Padres in 1999 and spent the first eight years of his career with the club while posting a 3.29 ERA over 212 starts. He won the NL Cy Young Award in 2007. He's going to have to settle for a one-year deal at this stage of his career, so a reunion could make sense for all involved.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 02:25:00 PM

Giants signed SS Jimmy Rollins to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Rollins was released from the White Sox in the middle of the 2016 season and did not latch on with another club. He will have to battle for a roster spot next spring in Giants camp as a 38-year-old coming off a .221/.295/.329 batting line. The defense at shortstop has also been in steady decline. Rollins will get a $1 million salary from San Francisco if he makes the major league squad as Brandon Crawford's backup.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 11:25:00 AM

Giants acquired LHP Alberto Rodriguez from the Braves for cash considerations.

The 21-year-old southpaw has plenty of raw talent, but only has 38 2/3 professional innings under his belt, all coming in Rookie Ball. He could develop into an interesting bullpen arm, but is a long way from being a consideration at the big league level.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 09:25:00 AM

Brandon Crawford is expected to play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

This according to Team USA manager Jim Leyland, who said, "[Crawford]'s fired up about it, and so am I. I'm just thrilled about it, that he's accepted the invitation." This past season, the 29-year-old shortstop hit .275/.342/.430 with 11 triples, 12 homers and 84 RBI across 553 at-bats.
Source: MLB.com
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 08:00:00 PM


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