Giants interested in free agent righty Calero


Giants interested in free agent righty Calero

By Mychael Urban
Now that the Mark DeRosa deal is done, the Giants likely are going to ramp up their efforts in getting Juan Uribe's return finalized. Assuming that gets done, they're essentially -- as I noted last week -- back to square one offensively. And given their self-imposed payroll limitations and Tim Lincecum's looming largesse, it doesn't look good for fans hoping to see the team make a big free-agent splash. Here's an idea, though: Instead of looking for an offensive cannonball like Jason Bay or Matt Holliday or Adrian Beltre, why not look into something more artful, more subtle? Instead of obsessing over shoring up weaknesses, what about building on strengths?It's a notion that struck me as sound after hearing from a low-level source while I was working to get the DeRosa details confirmed yesterday. I was told that the Giants could be in on Kiko Calero, a right-handed reliever who posted a 1.95 ERA in 67 games with the Marlins last season. Running with info from a low-level source is not something I'm quick to do, so I didn't. But I've since heard from higher powers that the Giants have, in fact, discussed going after Calero, who could slide quite easily into the righty setup role in which since-dispatched Bobby Howry failed so miserably last season.You might remember Calero. He pitched for the A's from 2005-2008. Nasty slider. Throws a ton of them. Was a stud the year Oakland went to the ALCS (2006). Starting in 2007, though, he fell victim to the injury curse that's plagued the A's for years. Hurt his elbow. Missed a ton of time. Hurt his shoulder. Missed all but five games in 2008. Got the boot. Some pretty smart people thought he was done. Baseball, of course, has a way of making pretty smart people look pretty dumb -- present company absolutely included.Calero, 34, proved everyone wrong, signing a one-year deal with the Marlins and going OFF. Struck out 69 with 30 walks over 60 innings. Posted a 1.10 WHIP. All for 500,000.He'll get more than that as a free agent, but not a ton more. And good luck finding a better fit for the Giants' bullpen.
Throw Calero into an already potent mix that includes Sergio Romo and Jeremy Affeldt bridging the gap from the starters to Brian Wilson, and you've shortened the game to six innings. That would be a tremendous help in the event that Madison Bumgarner or a rent-a-vet ends up the No. 5 starter, no?Yes. Kiko Calero is indeed a perfect fit in San Francisco, where pitching is -- and always should be -- the priority. You heard it here first. Stay tuned.

Instant Analysis: Slow start dooms Kings, burnt by Suns despite late rally


Instant Analysis: Slow start dooms Kings, burnt by Suns despite late rally


Opportunity lost. The Sacramento Kings had a game handed to them on a silver platter Monday night in Phoenix and they couldn’t take advantage. Playing for a new head coach and without their star point guard, the Suns manhandled the Kings early and held them off late to come away with the 117-115 win and pick up their first win of the season.

Garrett Temple is known for his defensive prowess, but on Monday night in Phoenix, he was an offensive juggernaut. With the Kings falling behind early, the veteran wing hit 6-of-8 from long range to post 23 and keep the Kings in the ballgame late. He had a look at 3-ball to win it at the buzzer, but came up short.

It took Bogdan Bogdanovic less than a quarter to get comfortable with the NBA game. Phoenix drafted the rookie with the 27th pick back in 2014, but they abandoned their efforts to bring him over from Europe. He lit the Suns up 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first half, but struggled to get it going after the break.

With Bogdanovic manning the two, fellow rookie De’Aaron Fox put on the jets at the point guard spot. Fox attacked Phoenix on both ends of the floor, finishing with 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Skal Labissiere scored 17 points and grabbed four rebounds off Joerger’s bench. Willie Cauley-Stein added 11 points, four assists and four rebounds, while rookie Justin Jackson chipped in a career-best 10 points.

Buddy Hield couldn’t buy a bucket early, but his defense fueled his offensive in the second half. Hield grabbed a career-high five steals and added 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting.

Sacramento’s Marquese Chriss did damage against his hometown team. The second-year forward dropped in 19 points and six rebounds before fouling out late. 

Devin Booker added 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Mike James finished with 18 points and seven assists starting in place of the exiled Eric Bledsoe and rookie Josh Jackson came off the bench to score 15.


Temple caught fire and the Kings kept feeding him. Not known for his offense, the veteran wing went off in a wild game at the Talking Stick Resort Arena


Phoenix put the Kings on blast to start the game, outscoring the Kings starters 36-17 in the first 12 minutes of action. Dave Joerger went to his bench in the second and the combination of Fox, Bogdanovic and Labissiere went to work. The trio helped cut the Suns lead from 21 in the first quarter to eight before the half. They stole the momentum of the game.


Rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic returned from a sprained right ankle to make his NBA debut. Labissiere tweaked his right ankle in the fourth quarter, but was able to walk off under his own power and returned to the game late.


The Kings return home to host DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday at Golden 1 Center. They’ll stick around Sacramento to face the Washington Wizards on Sunday before heading back out on the road for three games.

Draymond defends Bell's garbage time alley-oop off backboard to himself

Draymond defends Bell's garbage time alley-oop off backboard to himself

With just under three minutes to go and the Warriors leading by 25 points, Steve Kerr put the end of the bench into the game.

Somehow, with the game in control, rookie Jordan Bell found a way to produce the highlight of the night.

After Bell got a piece of Dwight Powell's shot, JaVale McGee batted the ball ahead. With no one in front of him, the rookie tossed the ball off the backboard and threw down a dunk. The sequence left his Warriors teammates flabergasted. But Bell may have broken an unwritten rule about showboating in a blowout game.

After the game, Draymond Green was not having it with possible criticism of Bell.

"Listen man, when you get on the basketball floor, I don't care if you get out there with two minutes to go up 25 or with two minutes to go down 25, somebody is evaluating you. So you gotta play the game just like it's tied up or if you're up four or if you're down four. You gotta play the game the same way. Somebody is evaluating you. So if you want to throw it off the backboard, feel free and dunk the ball. He got an And One. It was a great play. So, I got no message for him. Do what you do. Play basketball. That's what he did. I don't get all up into the whole 'Ah man, they're winning by this much, that's bad.' Says who? Dunk the ball. What's the difference between if he threw it off the backboard and dunked it as opposed to grabbing it and dunking it? It's a dunk," Green told reporters in Dallas after the Warriors' 133-130 win.

Green was then asked what he thought of the play, regardless of game situation.

"Great play. Great play. Amazing. Did you see it? It was dope. He got an And One too. He missed the free throw though. We gotta talk about that. That's my message for him. Make the free throw," Green said.

Kerr reportedly apologized to Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle after the game. Green commented on that.

"Steve's the coach. I'm not. That's not my problem," Green said.

Draymond wasn't the only member of the Green family defending Bell. His mom, Mary Babers-Green was on Twitter defending the rookie.