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Cueto is eager to return to rotation, and leaning toward staying long-term

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Cueto is eager to return to rotation, and leaning toward staying long-term

SAN DIEGO -- Johnny Cueto took to Instagram on Sunday afternoon to talk about how hot it was during his rehab start for the San Jose Giants. That was Cueto's only complaint, though, and that's a good thing. 

The right-hander said his elbow feels fine after he threw 72 pitches in a second rehab start, and he has no blister issues. He deemed himself ready to return to the big league rotation. Manager Bruce Bochy said the Giants will make a decision after Cueto throws a bullpen session on Tuesday or Wednesday at Petco Park. 

"I felt strong," Cueto said through interpreter Erwin Higueros. "I felt better."

It seems likely that the Giants will go to a six-man rotation for at least one turn. They do not want to remove Chris Stratton from the rotation and Matt Moore -- at one time a candidate to skip a start -- is finally finding some traction. Asked why he's pushing to return for just a few starts in a lost season, Cueto said he wants to finish strong.

Cueto has not yet made a decision on his opt-out, but there are obvious implications there, too. Right now, it seems impossible that Cueto would go to the market after a down year filled with injuries, but the math could change if he closes out the year with a string of throwback starts. The starting pitching market this offseason is considered poor. 

"My whole mentality has been for me to stay here," Cueto said. "But at the end of the season I'll talk to my agent and we'll make a decision. When I signed with the team, it was to help the team win."

Cueto added that "things happen and you never know what's going to happen."

Can this team, with a healthy Cueto, win next year?

"I do feel the team can win," Cueto said. "The thing we have to hope for is that everyone is healthy enough to win."

Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

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Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

The hot stove is heating up. 

Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name swirling in trade rumors and the Giants are reportedly pushing forward in their attempt to acquire the slugger. San Francisco's front office has proposed a trade to Miami for Stanton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Details of what the Giants offered have not been reported yet. 

Stanton, who recently turned 28, is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

On Thursday, Stanton was named the National League MVP after hitting .281 with a league-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI. The last MVP to be traded in the offseason after winning the award was Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees before the 2004 season. 

How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League

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How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League came to an end for seven Giants prospects on Thursday as the Scottsdale Scorpions (12-17-1) came up short from playing in Saturday's championship game. 

Let's take a look at how these seven names fared against some of the top young talent in all of baseball. 

The Hitters

As the Giants are linked to trade targets in center field like Billy Hamilton and Jackie Bradley Jr., a young in-house option only helped his case in the desert.

Steven Duggar likely would have seen the AT&T outfield this season, but his season was hindered by injuries, keeping him to only 44 games between three levels. With the Scorpions, Duggar took advantage of his opportunity with more at-bats. 

Duggar left Arizona with a .263/.367/.421 slash line over 20 games. The speedy lefty also stole nine bases and hit three home runs. Even if the Giants go for an experienced glove in center field this offseason and keep Duggar, the 24-year-old has also played 135 games in right field during his minor league career. 

For the second straight year, the Giants sent catcher Aramis Garcia to the AFL. And he's sure to be coming home much happier this go around with an up-and-down campaign.

Splitting time behind the plate with three other catchers, Garcia appeared in 13 games and slashed .259/.293/.333 and hit one home run. Garcia struggled to get one base with only one walk to 10 strikeouts, but showed his natural ability to drive runs in with 10 RBI. 

Rounding out the Giants' trio of bats they sent to Arizona is arguably their top prospect, but his time in the AFL was cut short. Chris Shaw only played in five games and hit .158. He dealt with a sore shoulder.

The Pitchers

The Giants sent two starting pitchers (Tyler Beede and Joan Gregorio) and two relievers (Tyler Cyr and D.J. Snelten) to the AFL. 

Pitching for the first time in nearly three months, Beede showed exactly why he's the Giants' top pitching prospect. Beede went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts, but his final three show the potential he's full of -- 14 innings pitched, three earned runs, a 1.93 ERA, 10 strikeouts and only one walk. 

Gregorio, who was suspended this season for Performance Enhancing Drugs, pitched in eight games (three starts) for Scottsdale. He left with a 1-0 record and 5.87 ERA. In Triple-A, Gregorio went 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA this year over 13 starts. The 25-year-old presents an interesting arm that can help sooner than later in the bullpen. 

Cyr's stats don't look pretty (0-1, 5.63 ERA, 8 IP), but he's catching some attention. The right-hander was named to the Fall Stars Game and is most likely to start 2018 in Triple-A after converting 18 saves at Double-A in 2017. 

Snelten, a 6-foot-7 lefty, impressed in eight appearances out of the bullpen. He didn't allow an earned run until his final outing of the fall, bringing his ERA from a perfect 0.00 to 2.25 in 12 innings pitched.

After combining for a 2.20 ERA to go with an 8-1 record between Double-A and Triple-A in 2017, Snelten is a name to know as the Giants look to find more lefties for their bullpen.