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Bochy explains Fontenot trim, drops roster hints

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Bochy explains Fontenot trim, drops roster hints

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Bruce Bochy stopped short of namingEmmanuel Burriss his opening-day second baseman. But the Giants manager madeit clear that Burrisss terrific spring contributed to the difficult decisionto place infielder Mike Fontenot on release waivers.

Theyre always tough, and Mike in particular, Bochy said. Hesvery popular. I talked to him, thanked him for all he did to help us. With howthe numbers were falling, we just couldnt find a spot.
RELATED: Giants place Fontenot on waivers

The Giants saved three-quarters of Fontenots 1.05 millionsalary by cutting him before Fridays deadline. They have not made such moveswith two others with partially guaranteed deals, infielder Ryan Theriot and right-handerClay Hensley, who both are on the travel squad to play the San Diego Padres inPeoria, Ariz.

In other words, Theriot and Hensley are on the team.

Bochy said he and the staff have discussed the need forcarrying more than one backup middle infielder, perhaps a clue that JoaquinArias will make the club. But the Giants also continue to consider Brett Pill,who went to minor league camp to play third base for the second time in threedays.

Asked what factors made Fontenot expendable even with secondbaseman Freddy Sanchezs health an unknown, Bochy touched on Burrisssemergence.

You look at everything: the spring, the previous year,Bochy said. A guy like Manny is coming off a very nice year and hes out of(minor league) options. You look at all these things -- the right- or left-handedbat and the need the club has. It all came into play.

In other news, Buster Posey is scheduled to catch all nineinnings for the first time this spring. With the knowledge that it's March 30, I still find it hard to believe theGiants will carry just Eli Whiteside or Chris Stewart on the roster and leave catcherHector Sanchezs hot bat in Fresno. Do you really want Posey to catch all nineinnings of a regular-season game when its 8-0 in the fifth?

Also, Brian Wilson threw his inning in minor league camp his first time going back-to-back and Bochy received a positive report. Wechecked off that box. Hes ready, Bochy said.

Heres the lineup for Peoria. Note Brandon Belt at firstbase and Aubrey Huff in left field. The Giants wouldnt go with thisconfiguration this late in the spring if they werent considering it or alreadydecided on it.

CF Pagan
RF Cabrera
3B Sandoval
C Posey
LF Huff
1B Belt
2B Theriot
SS Crawford
P Zito

Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft

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Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft

SAN FRANCISCO — A top pitching prospect highlighted the list of Giants added to the 40-man roster before Monday’s deadline. 

The Giants put right-hander Tyler Beede on their 40-man roster, along with Aramis Garcia, Tyler Herb and D.J. Snelten. The four players were protected from the Rule 5 draft, held in December on the final day of the annual Winter Meetings. To clear roster spots, the Giants designated Orlando Calixte and Micah Johnson for assignment and outrighted Dan Slania to Triple-A. 

Beede, a 24-year-old former first-round pick, likely would have ended up on the roster earlier if not for a groin injury that ended his Triple-A season early. The Giants anticipated him making a September debut, but he ended up needing time in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost innings. Beede was sharp in the AFL once he knocked the rust off, allowing three runs over 10 innings in his final two starts. He is expected to compete for a rotation spot at some point next year, although he also stands as one of the organization’s best offseason trade chips. 

Garcia, 24, has struggled with injuries at times in the minors, but he hit 17 homers in just 402 at-bats in 2017 and earned a promotion to Double-A Richmond. Garcia is currently one of just two catchers on the 40-man roster. 

Herb was essentially the player to be named later in the Chris Heston deal. The 25-year-old had a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts for Double-A Richmond last season. Snelten is a lefty reliever who had a 2.20 ERA across two levels last season and could break into the big leagues as a bullpen weapon next year. 

The roster now stands at 40 after the churn, which included a couple of players picked up as flyers because the Giants are at the front of the waiver process. Johnson was added in October and infielder Engelb Vielma, added during the season, was claimed by the Phillies on a  waiver claim. Slania, who made his big league debut during the season, cleared waivers and joins Triple-A Sacramento’s offseason roster. 

Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

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Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

On Monday morning, some important details emerged.

The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.

Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.

The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.

The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.

[RELATED: Healthy Tyler Beede shows why he's Giants' top pitching prospect]

The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.

In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.

He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.

Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.