Bochy talks to NL All-Star skipper La Russa


Bochy talks to NL All-Star skipper La Russa

PITTSBURGH -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy spoke by phone with NL All-Star skipper Tony La Russa, but they didn't spend most of the conversation talking about Matt Cain's case to start or Buster Posey's ability to catch the knuckleball.

La Russa wanted to know about Melky Cabrera.

"We spent a lot of time on the outfield situation," Bochy said.

La Russa lacks an everyday center fielder in his starting lineup of Cabrera, Carlos Beltran and Ryan Braun. Cabrera has played center in the past, as has Beltran. La Russa wanted to get a feel for which player would be more comfortable in that spot.

It's likely that the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen, a starting center fielder, would enter the game before long.

As for choosing a starting pitcher, La Russa told Bochy that it remains a topic of conversation. with former Cardlinals pitching coach Dave Duncan.

"He did say they're still debating, he and Duncan," Bochy said.

With Yadier Molina out of the game, it's likely that Buster Posey could end up working with Cain, New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and perhaps someone like the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg.

In other pregame news, Bochy said Santiago Casilla's status was the same as Friday. He is technically available but Bochy would prefer to stay away from him because of a blister on his pitching hand.

Sergio Romo, despite pitching 2 13 innings over the last two games, is available to pitch and likely would serve as closer again, subject to matchups.

Bochy indicated he's leaning toward having Hector Sanchez work with Tim Lincecum for the fourth consecutive time on Sunday. That's a move dictated by the weather, more than anything. It's 97 degrees and smoking outside; the coaches hustled the players off the field after a very abbreviated batting practice session.

Bochy didn't want to overtax Posey by having him catch consecutive games in these conditions, especially when he won't get much of an All-Star break. It's 101 degrees in Kansas City, too.

Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft


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


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.

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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.