Dodgers sale adds drama to Cain talks


Dodgers sale adds drama to Cain talks

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. New Los Angeles Dodgers owner MagicJohnson pledged to knock on doors at 12:01 on the day the free-agent marketopens for business after the season.

Take heart, Giants fans. Maybe the Magic Man will have anold address for Matt Cain, who just sold his Diamond Heights house.

Or maybe the Giants will make sure that Cain never hits theopen market.

Based on what Im hearing, the Giants and Cain, perhapsnewly motivated by the Dodgers 2.15 billion sale, have picked up talks againon an extension that will keep the decorated right-hander under contract beyondthis season. Where it goes is anyones guess. But Ill stand by my earlierprediction that both parties have too much mutual interest for a deal not tohappen.

Its a negotiation that is being watched carefully by thePlayers Association. Thats because Cain signed what was viewed as a pair ofclub-friendly extensions earlier in his career. Its particularly important tothe union that Cain get close to market value because the Phillies Cole Hamelsis in an identical position, and the last thing the union wants is for onehigh-profile negotiation to undercut another.

My CSN colleague in Philly, Jim Salisbury, wrote aboutmovement in Hamels talks earlier Wednesday. Substitute Cain and Giants forHamels and Phillies and the story is pretty much identical.

With one major difference. The Dodgers are the Giants NLWest rivals. Seeing Cain in Dodger Blue would be a double concussion to theGiants and their fans.

Its not impossible to imagine the Dodgers new owners -- whojust dropped 2.15 billion, all cash, to purchase the club -- swooping in andtrying to sign both Cain and Hamels if theyre available over the winter,adding to Clayton Kershaw to form what would be a fearsome trio.

The Giants cant operate based on that fear. But they dohave to answer to their fans, who probably will sell out the season for thesecond consecutive year.

GM Brian Sabean has gone on record several times to say thathe will prioritize investing in his pitching staff. Thats the reason theGiants didnt pursue any multiyear contracts over the winter to free agentsgreat (Jose Reyes) or small (Michael Cuddyer). They were keeping their moneyfree for Tim Lincecum and Cain.

So they have to get Cain done especially after Lincecumagreed to just a two-year extension that didnt buy out any of his free-agentyears.

But the Giants also need to be careful. Whatever they giveCain will be an absolute floor for what Lincecum will demand in his next deal.The Giants also cannot in good conscience give Cain a contract at his full,open-market value today because they would be assuming some risk of injury in2012. Theyre entitled to a discount because of that.

Ive tried to divine numbers from both sides and neither iswilling to be so forthcoming. But my best educated guess is that its going totake five years and 110 million to make a deal come together by Opening Day.

There is general optimism among the Giants and Cain has beenas relaxed as Ive ever seen him. So perhaps Giants fans wont have anything toworry about in another week or so.

But perhaps its best if Cains new address is unlisted.

Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton


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


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.