Cabrera grateful for All-Star support


Cabrera grateful for All-Star support

SAN FRANCISCO Buster Posey led all NL players in All-Starvoting and Pablo Sandoval might have shocked the country by zooming past DavidWright to become the starting third baseman.

But both of them probably owe a debt to Melky Cabrera.

It was Cabrera who fell out of the top three among NLoutfielders when the penultimate vote totals were released last week. Giantsofficials responded by increasing the volume on their campaign and fansresponded by flooding the ballot box -- voting for other Giants along the way -- to ensure Cabrera would hopscotch reigningNL MVP Ryan Braun and reclaim a starting spot.

He did, and thats not all. Cabrera ended up leading all NLoutfielders. He garnered 7,521,784 votes. Only catcher Buster Posey receivedmore support on the entire NL ballot.

It resulted in Cabreras first All-Star selection. Its ameaningful honor for the 27-year-old, who played alongside so many perennialAll-Stars with the New York Yankees and was expected to become one himself.

Cabrera said he spoke with Yankees second baseman RobinsonCano on Saturday, and they both expressed hope theyd meet up in Kansas City.Coincidentally, thats where Cabrera broke out for his 201-hit season a yearago.

This is a business, said Cabrera, whom the Royals tradedfor left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and a prospect. They traded me and Imrepresenting the San Francisco Giants. Its due to all the hard work I put inand to the Giants for giving me an opportunity to play every day.

And to the Melk Men, of course. Cabreras crisply ironed fansection continues to be a visible presence at games. The Giants alsodistributed All-Star milk cartons with Cabreras likeness.

Of course I want to thank them, Cabrera said. Theyrepart of the fans. I want to thank the fans and thank the Melk Men for theirsupport.

Cabrera entered Sunday with a major league leading 109 hitsand 35 multi-hit games. He was tied for the major league lead with 11game-winning RBIs and his .350 average was third in the NL. Only the Pirates Andrew McCutchen had ahigher average than Cabreras .420 mark against left-handed pitchers.

Melky, what a year hes having, Giants manager Bruce Bochysaid. That was an easy one.

Cabrera entered the final week ranked fourth in balloting with 3,045,884 votes. He trailed Braun by less than 150,000. Cabrera ended up beating Braun by more than 2 million. He finished more than 1 million ahead of the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran, who accumulated the second most votes among outfielders.

Cabrera's ability to play any of three outfield spots should be an asset to NLmanager Tony La Russa. In addition to Beltran, its likely that Braun, who was named as a reserve, will start alongside Cabrera in the outfield. Braun would appear to be an obvious choice to start in place of elected starter Matt Kemp, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring issue.

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.