Giants figure out next step for Brian Wilson


Giants figure out next step for Brian Wilson

LOS ANGELES Brian Wilson hasnt changed his fashion senseduring his time away from the Giants this season.

He walked into the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium onTuesday with his usual ensemble of v-neck vintage T-shirt, trucker mesh cap,skater shorts, brightly colored socks and silver high tops fit for a moonlanding.

And the beard, of course a bit more of a birds nest thanusual.

He looked good, looked healthy, Giants manager Bruce Bochysaid. The beard did not look healthy.

As for the health of Wilsons right elbow? Bochy received afull download from Wilson, and after getting with trainers, they forged a planfor the All-Star closer to begin playing catch in October. That would be sixmonths after Tommy John surgery to reconstruct his ulnar collateral ligament.

Bochy said there was no reason for Wilson to push therecovery schedule, since he isnt expected to be ready until spring training.

I talked to Willie quite a bit, Bochy said. It seems likehes in a good place mentally. I thought he lost weight earlier. He put it backon. He looks good.

The Giants still must figure out a contract for Wilson, whois eligible for arbitration one more time. He is making 8.5 million and theGiants by rule could seek to cut his salary by no more than 20 percent if theygo through the arbitration process. That would mean a salary of at least 6.8million, which is quite an investment for a pitcher coming off a major surgery.

Of course, Wilson is also the only Giant to throw a WorldSeries-clinching pitch in five-plus decades in San Francisco. So theres that.

However they arrive at the salary number, the important partis that the Giants still expect Wilson to be part of the organization nextseason.

Giants agree to multi-year deal with OF Austin Jackson

Giants agree to multi-year deal with OF Austin Jackson

SAN FRANCISCO -- The overhaul of the Giants' outfield is complete.

The Giants agreed to a two-year deal with center fielder Austin Jackson on Monday, the team announced. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the deal is worth $6 million. The team did not immediately confirm the financials of the deal, but per Heyman, clauses could take it up to $8.5 million. Those figures would be in line with the goal of staying under the luxury tax threshold.

"We are excited to have Austin join the Giants. He is a talented and versatile player who will strengthen our roster and provide additional depth at all three outfield positions," Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans said in a statement.

Jackson was worth 1.9 WAR last season while posting a .869 OPS for the Cleveland Indians. He mashed left-handed pitching, batting .352 in 122 at-bats. That trait could allow Jackson to platoon with Steven Duggar if he's ready early in the season. 

Jackson is the clear frontrunner now to start in center field on opening day and help fix a glaring defensive issue. Andrew McCutchen has already been installed as the new right fielder and Hunter Pence will slide over to left.

Giants first round pick makes top 100 prospects list


Giants first round pick makes top 100 prospects list

SAN FRANCISCO -- The annual Baseball America top 100 prospects list backed up two widely held beliefs about the Giants farm system: The organization still does not have a lot of high-end prospects and a newcomer is viewed as the best of the bunch.

Heliot Ramos, last year's first-round pick, was ranked as the 79th best prospect in the game, but he's the only Giant on the list. 

Ramos, 18, is the name just about every opposing front office asked for in trade talks this offseason, but the Giants view him as a potential five-tool center fielder. He already appears to be one of the steals of the 2017 draft. After being selected 19th overall, Ramos hit .348 in rookie ball with a .404 on-base percentage and .645 slugging percentage. He hit six homers in 35 games and stole 10 bases.

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna is the top prospect on the list, followed by Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 

The Dodgers have four players listed before Ramos and the Padres have four of the top 32 prospects as they try to rebuild and get back into NL West contention. The A's have four players in the top 100: lefty A.J. Puk (30), shortstop Franklin Barreto (43), shortstop Jorge Mateo (64) and outfielder Dustin Fowler (88).