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No Gold Glove love for Crawford, Giants

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No Gold Glove love for Crawford, Giants

DETROIT The Presidential election is one week away, butwhat the heck. Lets demand a recount already.

You have to wonder what NL managers and coaches werethinking as they watched the Giants put on a defensive display during threerounds of the playoffs, culminating in a dazzling, four-game sweep of theDetroit Tigers in the World Series.

Maybe it was something like this: Doh!

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The finalists were announced Monday for the AL and NL GoldGlove awards, and not a single Giant made the top four at any position. Its anespecially dopey oversight at shortstop, where Brandon Crawford didnt crack alist that includes Jimmy Rollins, Ian Desmond, Jose Reyes and Zack Cozart.

All of those shortstops ply their trade in the Eastern timezone, by the way.

Crawfords UZR150 wasnt the highest in the NL amongshortstops. The Astros Clint Barmes was tops by a wide margin, at 15.3.But Crawford was second at 9.7, and we think the Astros actually played in the Pacific Coast League this season. Reyes, by the way, received a negative rating.

If you like your defensive stats to be more missionary,Rollins committed the fewest errors among the finalists with 13 and Reyescommitted the most with 18 the same number that Crawford had, although adozen of them came in the first two months of the season. Rollins had the best fielding percentage, at .978, but that can be misleading. Any Phillies observer could tell you that Rollins is getting to far fewer balls than he used to.

Most Giants fans would probably just use the eyeball test totell you Crawford was the class of the NL.

Angel Pagan didnt register among center fielders and BusterPosey didnt make the list of catchers. First baseman Brandon Belt, who pickedthrows and dived into the stands, got no glove love, either.

Gregor Blanco probably ranked as the Giants best defensiveplayer after Crawford, but he wasnt enough of an everyday player from Junethrough August to warrant consideration. Doesnt make all those catches anyless memorable, though especially the one that saved Matt Cains perfectgame.

To reiterate: Managers and coaches vote on the Gold Glove.They turned in their ballots in the final week of the regular season.

So dont take out your fury on the nearest BBWAA member.

But if theres a silver lining to this Gold Glove snub, itsthat Crawford and others received plenty of national exposure during the WorldSeries. So maybe hell be at the forefront of minds at the end of next season.

He might not even have to hit .250.

Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

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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

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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.