For just the second time this season, Gorkys Hernandez will bat third for the Giants on Tuesday against the D'backs.
San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Nick Hundley (R) C
6. Mac Williamson (R) LF
7. Kelby Tomlinson (R) SS
8. Orlando Calixte (R) 3B
9. Matt Moore (L) LHP
1. David Peralta (L) LF
2. A.J. Pollock (R) CF
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
4. J.D. Martinez (R) RF
5. Chris Iannetta (R) C
6. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
7. Jake Lamb (L) 3B
8. Ketel Marte (S) SS
9. Robbie Ray (L) LHP
Update (10:30 p.m. PT): The Giants offered former top prospect Christian Arroyo as part of a package to the Orioles for Manny Machado, but the two sides could not come to an agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
After the Giants' 98-loss season, the front office highlighted three areas they need to address -- center field, the bullpen and third base.
The team believes the bullpen willl be bolstered with a healthy Will Smith and Mark Melancon. In center field, they have reached out to the Reds on the availability of speedster Billy Hamilton.
Looking at the hot corner, one of the best players in the league may be on the block in a trade.
According to Dan Clark of The Big Leagues Daily, the Giants are one of the teams who have made an offer to the Orioles for Manny Machado. The catch is, Machado becomes a free agent after the 2018 season.
Acquiring Machado would take a haul for one guaranteed season of a superstar. Several teams have asked for Giants top prospect Heliot Ramos in trade discussions, sources tell Insider Alex Pavlovic.
Machado, 25, hit .259 with (a career low) with 33 home runs in 2017. He's a three-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner and is a .279 career hitter with 138 home runs in six seasons.
The Orioles selected Machado No. 3 overall in the 2010 MLB Draft.
ORLANDO — It doesn’t sound like the Giants will fly home with any fresh faces in the fold, but it’s possible that a familiar one will be locked up soon.
General manager Bobby Evans said the front office is “actively pursuing Nick Hundley and hopes (to) get that done.” Hundley said at the end of the season that he wanted to return for another year in San Francisco, and the Giants have put a priority on locking up a quality bat as Buster Posey’s backup.
Hundley’s first season with the Giants included far more at-bats than expected and he took advantage of them. The 34-year-old had nine homers and 23 doubles in 101 appearances. He was just about an everyday player down the stretch as Posey moved to first base after Brandon Belt’s season-ending concussion, and at times the Giants felt Hundley was one of their few power bats.
There was some thought that Hundley might find an everyday job elsewhere, but that apparently hasn’t developed. The Giants will be happy to have him back for multiple reasons. Hundley improved defensively over the course of the year and proved to be a valuable addition in the clubhouse, providing leadership for a group that often looked lost at sea. In late September, Hundley was given the prestigious Willie Mac Award.