List: 139 MLB players to become free agents, Giants with fourth most

List: 139 MLB players to become free agents, Giants with fourth most

Below is the complete list of 139 XX B free agent players eligible to negotiate and sign a contract with any major league club beginning at 9:01pm PT on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Please note another 38 Players may be eligible for free agency pending the Option Provision in their Uniform Player Contract (UPC).

Atlanta Braves (3): Bonifacio, Emilio; O'Flaherty, Eric; Pierzynski, A.J.                             

Arizona Diamondbacks (2): Hudson, Dan; Weeks, Rickie   

Baltimore Orioles (9): Alvarez, Pedro; Bourn, Michael; Duensing, Brian; Hunter, Tommy; Pearce, Steve; Reimold, Nolan; Stubbs, Drew; Trumbo, Mark; Wieters, Matt

Boston Red Sox (4): Hill, Aaron; Tazawa, Junichi; Uehara, Koji; Ziegler, Brad

Chicago Cubs (7): Cahill, Trevor; Chapman, Aroldis; Coghlan, Chris; Kawasaki, Munenori*; Ross, Dave; Smith, Joe; Wood, Travis

Chicago White Sox (3): Avila, Alex; Jackson, Austin; Morneau, Justin      

Cincinnati Reds (2): Ohlendorf, Ross; Simon, Alfredo

Cleveland Indians (3): Byrd, Marlon; Davis, Rajai; Napoli, Mike;

Colorado Rockies (6): de la Rosa, Jorge; Descalso, Dan; Hundley, Nick; Logan, Boone; Raburn, Ryan; Reynolds, Mark       

Detroit Tigers (3): Aybar, Erick; McGehee, Casey; Saltalamacchia, Jarrod

Houston Astros (4): Castro, Jason; Fister, Doug; Rasmus, Colby; Valbuena, Luis

Kansas City Royals (2): Butera, Drew; Moylan, Peter

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (6): Bailey, Andrew; Chacin, Jhoulys; Lincecum, Tim; Soto, Geovany; Weaver, Jered; Wilson, C.J.

Los Angeles Dodgers (9):  Anderson, Brett; Blanton, Joe; Chavez, Jesse; Hill, Rich; Howell, J.P.; Jansen, Kenley; Reddick, Josh; Turner, Justin; Utley, Chase

Miami Marlins (7): Cashner, Andrew; Dunn, Michael; Francoeur, Jeff; Johnson, Chris; Mathis, Jeff; McGowan, Dustin; Rodney, Fernando

Milwaukee Brewers (2): Boyer, Blaine; Capuano, Chris

Minnesota Twins (1): Suzuki, Kurt

New York Mets (7): Blevins, Jerry; Colon, Bartolo; De Aza, Alejandro; Johnson, Kelly; Loney, James; Salas, Fernando; Walker, Neil

New York Yankees (2): Butler, Billy; Teixeira, Mark

Oakland A's (2): Detwiler, Ross; Fuld, Sam

Philadelphia Phillies (5): Blanco, Andres; Bourjos, Peter; Ellis, A.J.; Hellickson, Jeremy; Hernandez, David;

Pittsburgh Pirates (5): Feliz, Neftali; Joyce, Matt; Nova, Ivan; Rodriguez, Sean; Vogelsong, Ryan

St. Louis Cardinals (2): Moss, Brandon; Williams, Jerome

San Diego Padres (6): Jackson, Edwin; Jay, Jon; Morrow, Brandon; Richard, Clayton; Rosales, Adam; Villanueva, Carlos

San Francisco Giants (8): Beckham, Gordon; Blanco, Gregor; Casilla, Santiago; Lopez, Javier; Nathan, Joe; Pagan, Angel; Peavy, Jacob; Romo, Sergio

Seattle Mariners (4): Gutierrez, Franklin; Lee, Dae-ho*; Lind, Adam; Storen, Drew

Tampa Bay Rays (3): Jepsen, Kevin; Morrison, Logan; Ramirez, Alexei

Texas Rangers (5): Beltran, Carlos; Desmond, Ian; Gomez, Carlos ; Lewis, Colby; Moreland, Mitch

Toronto Blue Jays (9): Bautista, Jose A.; Benoit, Joaquin; Cecil, Brett; Dickey, R.A.; Encarnacion, Edwin; Feldman, Scott; Floyd, Gavin; Navarro, Dioner; Saunders, Michael

Washington Nationals (8): Belisle, Matt; Burnett, Sean; Drew, Stephen; Heisey, Chris; Latos, Mat; Melancon, Mark; Ramos, Wilson; Rzepczynski, Marc             

* Eligible per contract terms

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Bumgarner undergoes surgery on pitching hand


Bumgarner undergoes surgery on pitching hand

A day after a line drive fractured a bone in his pitching hand, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner underwent surgery to stabilize it.

A specialist in Arizona added three pins to Bumgarner's fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand on Saturday, the Giants announced. 

Bumgarner told reporters on Friday that the pins will remain in his hand for four-to-six weeks. Bruce Bochy told reporters on Saturday that the team does not expect Bumgarner to return until early June. 

The 28-year-old suffered the fracture in his final start of spring training, and was set to start Opening Day against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 29. In 21.0 innings over six appearances this spring, Bumgarner posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. 

Bumgarner injury just the latest in recent run of misfortune for Giants

Bumgarner injury just the latest in recent run of misfortune for Giants

Eight years ago in this very space, I postulated that Brian Sabean had done a lucrative deal with Satan.Co to win the Giants’ first World Series in 56 years. He never denied it, so I took that as silent affirmation.

Now, it seems Beelzebub has brought the bill, to be paid in full on receipt of same.

The San Francisco Giants, who needed as few things as possible to go wrong to start this season, just got two full-on groin shots in the space of less than a week, the second of which was delivered when Madison Bumgfarner fractured his hand trying to repel a line drive from Kansas City second baseman Whit Merrifield during Friday’s Cactus League game.

The injury did not look serious at first because, well, because Bumgarner pretends to be made of adamantium, but an X-ray revealed the fracture and though no time for recovery was listed, Bumgarner may return to health before the Giants do.

And yes, I know spring training is no time for fans to lose hope for a cheery season, but you take the fact as they present themselves, and the Giants are already 40 percent down from their projected starting rotation. Jeff Samardzija is already on the disabled list with a hinky pectoral muscle, and as the Giants know all too well, things like this tend to come in sixes, if not eights.

The 2010 Giants hit on every midseason trade and parlayed that good fortune and the assets already on board to a storied October run. A year later, Buster Posey got Scott Cousin-ed, and his broken ankle snapped the team’s hope of repeating.

The Giants then won in 2012 and ’14 without too much incident, but starting midway through 2016, continuing into last year when Bumgarner flipped his dirt bike, and now down to today, it’s been nothing but seeds and stems for Giantvania.

The rumor mill has been quick to offer up possible replacements for the Bumgarner vacancy (though not for his expected results), but at a time in the game’s development when the best and most progressive-thinking teams are talking about four-man rotations and Staff on every fifth day, a strategic development that requires strength in numbers, the Giants have neither that strength nor those numbers.

Their best internal choices are veteran Derek Holland, who might already have been penciled in as Samardzija’s replacement, and phenom-in-training Tyler Beede. But that essentially uses up the in-house bank of usable goods, so Sabean can either buy something very off-the-rack or hope he and Bruce Bochy can fake it long enough for Samardzija (three to four weeks) and then Bumgarner (six to eight, according to ESPN's Buster Olney).

This seems awfully daunting, especially for a team that has buzzard’s luck and a rotting bat rack for a season and a half. But with six days before the regular season starts in Los Angeles against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers...oh, the hell with it. If you’re a Giant fan, start drinking, and continue until further notice. The evil lord of the netherworld will tell you when it’s time to stop.