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Bochy to be patient with Pagan, Cabrera

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Bochy to be patient with Pagan, Cabrera

Programming Alert: Tune into the CLBlitz on CSN Bay Area tonight as our panel discusses the Giants - Mets trade and more! Leave your comment below to chime in on the Blitz.DALLAS -- General manager Brian Sabean is in charge of acquiring the pieces, and it will be Bruce Bochy's job to figure out how they will all fit together. But don't expect a finished puzzle anytime soon, the Giants' skipper will likely wait until spring training to get a clearer picture.

"Going into spring training, really I think I'll start putting guys where I think they'll end up. Keep my options open, get some flexibility and versatility with these guys," Bochy said Wednesday from the MLB Winter Meetings.

More than likely, it will be a fluid situation. Bochy said he plans to have newly acquired outfielders Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera share time in the leadoff spot while utilizing each player's versatility in the outfield.

"Aubrey Huff will be playing some left in spring training, some first, I'll be moving Pagan around and Cabrera. I think when we get to the last two weeks of spring training we'll know where these guys are gonna be," Bochy said.

"We're excited about getting Angel Pagan. He's a very exciting type player. Great speed, way above average runner, he can play center right and left he's at the top of order, get faster, and helps us do that with the speed he's gonna bring," Bochy said. "He'll hit, a switch hitter, hit the ball out at times. Looking for him to get on base and wreak some havoc. I'm looking forward to him playing for us."

As for filling the shoes of Ramon Ramirez in the bullpen, there's a good chance Guillermo Mota will be once again wearing a Giants uniform.

"We're talking about that now. We have some options. We're talking to Mota right now, see if that works out. We have Dan Runzler and some other options," Bochy said. Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla are two can pitch the 7th and 8th. We think we can get a guy to fill Ramirez's role. He did a good job, he's a great pitcher and you hate losing a guy like that but we got the type of player I think we needed."

As for saying farewell to Andres Torres, goodbyes are never easy.

"I talked to Andres and he got emotional," Bochy said. "It didn't surprise me, we've all seen him and he's pretty appreciative for his time here and I'm thankful for his time here. We won a World Series and he went to Taiwan with me. So it's hard to say goodbye to someone who's contributed to us winning. He's excited about his chance in New York and his playing time. With us he's looking at more of a backup role so this is good thing for him too."

Of course, stay tuned, as the Giants still could make another deal before the Winter Meetings wrap up on Thursday.

"We're still in the war room talking about what else we can do to improve the club and the bench," Bochy said. "These are the things we're talking about, if Sabes thinks it makes sense for us and works within our budget then he'll do it.

"We haven't stopped, we'll be here through tomorrow, so it's an ongoing process."

Also of note: It sounds like the Giants will indeed be wearing those throwback road unis this season, most likely on Sunday road games.

Good news, bad news for Chris Shaw's first week in the Arizona Fall League

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Good news, bad news for Chris Shaw's first week in the Arizona Fall League

Every time the Journey song “Lights” plays throughout AT&T Park, the lyrics When the lights go down in the City ring too true for the Giants’ offense. There’s a power outage in San Francisco. 

The savior to this issue can soon be prospect Chris Shaw, who turns 24 years old on Oct. 20. Shaw, along with five other Giants prospects, is continuing his 2017 season among a multitude of baseball’s best young up-and-comers in the Arizona Fall League. As he takes the field for the Scottsdale Scorpions, Shaw’s bat is far from the top focus for the Giants. 

After playing right and left field at Boston College, the Giants turned Shaw into a first baseman once they selected the 6-foot-4, 235-pound lefty in 2015. This year, the Giants’ front office decided to make a change. As the big league team continued to look for their own answers, Shaw saw himself in left field in 94 of the 125 games he played between Double-A and Triple-A this season. 

“I saw improvements through the course of the year,” Brian Sabean said about Shaw’s outfield defense on The Giants Insider Podcast. “The problem is playing left field in our left field isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do.” 

The AFL is all about reps in left field for Shaw as the Giants have already said he will get a long look in spring training. He earned that right after a breakout year at the plate.

One week into the AFL though, Shaw’s bat is way behind. Through four games, Shaw is batting a pedestrian .133 (2-for-15), both hits being singles. But even in such a slow start there are positives. 

Shaw has walked three times to only two strikeouts. His only downfall at the plate once he reached Triple-A Sacramento was his on-base percentage fell from .390 in Double-A to .328 at the higher level. With the River Cats, Shaw struck out 106 times, leading the team, while taking his base 20 times.

One week in the desert, Shaw is showing more patience and putting the ball into play more often. The ball simply isn’t finding grass.

In the outfield, every ball Shaw sees -- practice or game -- during the AFL is a step in the right direction for he and the Giants. He is yet to make an error in his short time at the AFL. The big lefty will never be a guy to make the spectacular play, but if he improves his instincts with the glove and improves his eye at the plate, the Giants can finally have their left fielder of the future. 

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

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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.