Giants won't skip Lincecum's turn


Giants won't skip Lincecum's turn

SEATTLE -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean are considering many options to help Tim Lincecum reclaim his Cy Young form. Skipping his turn in the rotation isn't one of them.

Not yet, anyway.

Even though the Giants have lost nine consecutive Lincecum starts, Bochy said the right-hander would make his next turn Friday at Oakland. The team had the option of skipping him because his next day falls on an off-day Thursday, perhaps giving him an opportunity to step back and throw a few extra times off a bullpen mound andor get an inning out of the bullpen.

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But Lincecum wants the ball on his normal turn. And the Giants will give it to him.

"He's healthy. He feels good," Bochy said. "I know the results haven't been great for Timmy, but you just see too many good signs. Even after the first inning (Saturday), he had bad luck there.

"At this point we think the best thing is to let him fight through this. If we felt different, we'd do it."

Bochy said he was glad to hear Lincecum, after Saturday night's loss, tell reporters that he would fight to stay on his normal turn.

"Sure, sure, that's how you want these guys," Bochy said. "He's doing all he can to come out of this. He's taking it hard. At the same time, he hasn't lost any fight in him."

Bochy said he and Sabean would talk again prior to the game. Lincecum will get an extra day before Friday's start at Oakland, so perhaps he can throw a more extended bullpen session.

"All these things we talk about," Bochy said. "Any time a player is having a tough time, you look for ways that can benefit him the most. That's what we have to come up with."

Lincecum's issues have been most acute out of the stretch, which is particularly puzzling. In the past, Lincecum has pitched from the stretch with the bases empty because he has fewer moving parts and timing mechanisms than from the windup. But that adjustment only goes in one direction. It's not like he can just pitch from the windup with runners on base.

"You're right, exactly right," said Bochy, when told Lincecum usually used the stretch in the past to get back on line. "That's why this is a tough one for all of us, including him. The stuff was good. He was 92 mph into the fifth.

"What we've got to work on, and he knows it, is, Hey, you might give up a run, but let's control the situation.' It's human nature when you're accustomed to success to have self-doubt creep in there versus it's you that controls the situation."

Bochy said he's confident Lincecum won't stop looking for answers.

"He's come out of the stretch. He's gone to an over-the-head windup," Bochy said. "This is a guy who's tried a lot of things on the mound. He's resourceful when he needs to make an adjustment."

In other news, Bochy wanted to get a break for Ryan Theriot and he decided to go with Pablo Sandoval over Brandon Crawford in the No.2 spot. Buster Posey gets a quasi day off at DH. He recalled DHing once before in Toronto in 2010.

The Giants are 6-2 in rubber matches this season. They'll hope Madison Bumgarner can be on his game against Felix Hernandez.

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.