Cain wants 'fair value,' answer before season


Cain wants 'fair value,' answer before season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Cain is consulting with Buster Posey's agent as he and the Giants continue conversations about a multiyear contract that would keep him with the club beyond this season.

"We're listening to anything that's of fair value," Cain said. "That's the way we're taking it."

Giants CEO Larry Baer, who arrived in camp Saturday, said "there has been a lot of back and forth conversations. It's conversation and that's a good thing."

Do the Giants share a common idea on what represents "fair value" for Cain?

"To be determined," said Baer, after a pause. "To be determined. ... To be determined."

Cain reiterated that he wants a resolution before the April 6 season opener.

"I believe both sides would like to have something resolved, whether it's signing back or not," he said. "Once the season starts, I want to be thinking about the season."

Baer said Cain remains a top priority, calling him "one of our guys we'll put a lot of energy into."

Energy is nice. Dollars are better.

Cain's agents, Landon Williams and Rick Landrum, moved in December from their NFL-heavy agency in Memphis to CAA -- an international firm that represents celebrities as well as players in all professional sports. Williams and Landrum followed Jimmy Sexton, who represents mostly NFL players as well as a stable of high-profile coaches such as Nick Saban and Bill Parcells.

CAA represents dozens of high-profile major leaguers, including Posey. His agent, Jeff Berry, is assisting in Cain's negotiations.

"He does a great job and we've built a relationship quickly," Cain said. "I still talk to Landon, Rick and Jimmy on a more normal basis. ... It's great because they're able to tap into a lot more resources. It's going to be beneficial for both sides."

In other news, Cain said the Giants would have their annual meeting with the Players Association, and he expected players would have plenty of questions about the league's drug testing procedures following Ryan Braun's lifted suspension. An arbitrator ruled Friday that Braun's 50-game suspension should be rescinded because there was a breakdown in the chain of custody of his urine sample, which tested positive for a banned substance.
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"It's something everybody will want to talk about," said Cain, adding he didn't know enough about the specifics to venture an opinion. "I haven't gotten any info. I guess we'll find out."

Cain will serve as the Giants' union representative again this season.

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.