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Giants' former payroll manager pleads guilty

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Giants' former payroll manager pleads guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants' former payroll manager pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling 2.2 million from the team.Robin M. O'Connor, 42, of American Canyon, pleaded guilty in San Francisco federal court to a single felony charge of wire fraud.O'Connor admitted diverting payroll meant for employees - including players - to her personal account by creating false paychecks, reducing workers' tax withholding without their consent and other means, between June 2010 and June 2011. Authorities didn't identify the employees affected.O'Connor remains free on 500,000 bond is scheduled to be sentenced March 5. She faces up to 20 years in prison.She has agreed to forfeit a 2011 BMW 335, a 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck and more than 465,000 seized from three bank accounts. O'Connor had previously returned 608,000 to the Giants.Team executives confronted O'Connor in July after being notified by Bank of America that she was applying for a loan and had recently received two large deposits from the Giants. The loan file included a letter on San Francisco Giants letterhead explaining two large deposits that had been made into O'Connor's bank account."Because of her outstanding contributions to our Major League Baseball team and front office during the 2010 season that assisted us in accomplishing our goal of winning the 2010 World Series, she was given two additional payments of compensation in May 2011," states the letter, quoted in the court files.O'Connor acknowledged the embezzlement when confronted in July and was immediately fired, according to court documents. She was arrested and charged in San Francisco federal court July 7.The Giants assisted with the investigation.The team paid O'Conner 80,000 annually in base salary and she was eligible for bonuses, according to court files. She processed payroll for Giants employees, including players, and was responsible for making changes to amounts of money sent to employees' bank accounts.

Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft

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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

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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.

[RELATED: Healthy Tyler Beede shows why he's Giants' top pitching prospect]

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.