Chipper Jones calls out Melky Cabrera for taunting


Chipper Jones calls out Melky Cabrera for taunting


ATLANTA Melky Cabrera has a thriving, costumed fan base atAT&T Park. But they arent so fond of him at Turner Field.

And that goes for more than just Braves fans.

Thats Melky, and thats why hes not here anymore, saidBraves third baseman Chipper Jones, asked about Cabreras body language atseveral junctures in the Giants 9-4, 11-inning victory Wednesday night.

He got a little happy when I think (Gregor) Blanco hit the home run.That wont be forgotten.

Cabrera, who had been intentionally walked in the 11thinning, appeared to make a motion with his hands near his groin region afterBlancos three-run homer broke the game open.

Earlier in the game, Cabrera taunted fans in the left fieldseats when he pretended to throw baseballs to them. He also made a hand gesturein the sixth inning when Jason Heyward didnt try to tag from second base on afly ball to deep left field.

Cabrera has shown flair at times in the field as a Giant, but nothing until now that could be construed as showing up an opponent. He hasnt spoken much publicly as a Giant and hasconducted himself as a driven, model citizen.

But its known he quarreled withthen-Braves manager Bobby Cox following a trade with the New York Yankees thatsent him to Atlanta in 2010. Cabrera was a huge flop with the Braves, he wasntin good shape and Atlanta non-tendered him after the season. He made the finalout of Coxs managerial career when the Giants beat the Braves to clinch the NLDivision Series that year.

The crowd at Turner Field booed loudly in each of Cabrerasplate appearances after his solo home run tied the game in the sixth inning.Cabrera later added an RBI single in the 10th that proved vital.

It was his 42nd multi-hit game of the season and his second in as many nights at Turner Field. Cabrera is hitting .354 andleads the majors with 124 hits.

Hes on a pace to finish with 220 hits. Thats a number onlyfour major leaguers Ichiro Suzuki, Michael Young, Juan Pierre and DarinErstad have reached since 2000.

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.