Giants optimistic they'll have Posey, Sandoval vs. Braves


Giants optimistic they'll have Posey, Sandoval vs. Braves


LOS ANGELES The Giants have a pair of tight hamstringsattached to Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval, but both All-Stars were optimisticthat they will be in the lineup Thursday when the club begins a home serieswith the Atlanta Braves.

Well see when I get to the park tomorrow and move around alittle bit, said Posey, who was scratched from Wednesdays lineup on the recommendationof trainers after his right hamstring stiffened up the previous night. Itsgotten better.

Sandoval was a little more emphatic.

Ill play, said the third baseman, who exited in the sixthinning after his left hamstring began to bark a bit.

Sandoval had missed 18 games on the disabled list afterstraining his hamstring at the end of July. Hes hitting .286 with eight RBIsin 10 games since returning from the DL.

The situation were in now, I want to play, be in thelineup and help my team win, Sandoval said.

The thought of a lineup without Sandoval, Posey and thesuspended Melky Cabrera would have been the stuff of nightmares a couple weeksago. It would seem that way still, if Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and JoaquinArias werent hitting everything in sight.

That was great to see, said Posey, who wouldve beenavailable to pinch hit if needed in the Giants 8-4 victory Wednesday at DodgerStadium, which completed a three-game sweep. Arias had a huge game, Pagan dida great job again of getting on base and Scutaro is on fire lately. It was areally good trip.

Posey said he felt his hamstring grab while sprinting downthe first base line in his first at-bat Tuesday. He played the remainder of thegame and was in Wednesdays initial lineup before trainers evaluated him in stresstests and advised manager Bruce Bochy to give the cleanup-hitting catcher arest.

We feel pretty good hell be able to go tomorrow, Bochysaid. Well wait till he comes in and reevaluate him and if he needs anotherday, well have to take care of him.

Matt Cain arrived at the park expecting to work with Posey,and instead found himself paired with Hector Sanchez for the first time sincespring training. It did not disrupt the right-hander in the slightest as he heldthe Dodgers to a run in seven innings.

They havent worked together in quite a while but they werein sync, Bochy said. I think Sanchy deserves a lot of credit for how Mattthrew.

Said Cain: You always want Buster back there and his bat inthe lineup, obviously. But I cant say enough about what Hector did today. Wecaught the same rhythm and it was a good night.

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.