Bobby Evans confirms Giants' interest in Holland, updates closer pursuit

Bobby Evans confirms Giants' interest in Holland, updates closer pursuit

The Giants are in the market for a closer.

General manager Bobby Evans made that very clear at the team's end-of-season press conference.

Are the Orange and Black interested in Greg Holland?

"Yeah, we'll be at his workout on Monday and making sure we are thorough in our evaluation of where he's at," Evans told KNBR 680 on Friday morning. "The good news for him is he's doing this kind of showcase now, where a lot of times you're seeing these showcases in January and February and you're still trying to figure out really how close he is.

"When you see a guy throw in a showcase in November, there's a lot of time still yet to work with him and get him an offseason that will help him be better prepared for spring training."

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Holland underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2015 and missed all of last season.

In 2013, he went 2-1 with a 1.21 ERA and 47 saves. In 2014, he went 1-3 with a 1.44 ERA and 46 saves. 

He was an All-Star both years.

Holland, who has spent his entire career in Kansas City, will turn 31 years old later this month.

The Giants are also looking at many other potential ninth-inning guys.

"Truth is, there are multiple options which is good for us," Evans added. "There's a pretty good number of one-year options out there in terms of trade market, there's certainly some two-year options and there's certainly free agents. So from our perspective, the important thing is not so much how you get the closer, but who it is. And make sure they're gonna make a difference as we go into 2017...

"You've got to keep your options open because at the end of the day you can't be assured of any one of a handful of guys. You got to expand your list, which fortunately for us there's a lot of options."

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure


Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”