Posey, Melancon among Giants set for FanFest

Posey, Melancon among Giants set for FanFest

SAN FRANCISCO -- The strange timing of this year's FanFest won't keep most of the Giants from attending. The entire lineup will be on hand next weekend at AT&T Park, with the exception of center fielder Denard Span.

While Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Matt Cain and Will Smith will skip the event, the rest of the projected pitching staff is expected to attend.

New closer Mark Melancon will fly out to San Francisco, along with Matt Moore, who was acquired in the middle of the 2016 season. First-year coaches Jose Alguacil and Phil Nevin are among the newcomers.

Here is the complete list:

Jose Alguacil (new first base coach)
Brandon Belt
Ty Blach
Clayton Blackburn
Bruce Bochy
Trevor Brown
Brandon Crawford
Steve Decker
Shawon Dunston
Mark Gardner
Cory Gearrin
Gorkys Hernandez
Nick Hundley 
George Kontos
Derek Law
Mark Melancon
Hensley Meulens
Matt Moore
Phil Nevin (new third base coach)
Eduardo Nuñez
Steven Okert
Josh Osich
Joe Panik
Jarrett Parker
Hunter Pence
Buster Posey
Dave Righetti
Jeff Samardzija
Chris Stratton
Hunter Strickland
Albert Suarez
Mac Williamson
Eli Whiteside

FanFest will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. The majority of the attendees will then head straight to Scottsdale. Pitchers and catchers are set to report to big league camp on Feb. 13. 

Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

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Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

We have some sad news to report.

Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.

Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.

"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.

Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.

When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.

Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'


Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'

The Giants are looking to land the biggest fish of them all in a home-run-hitting sea.

San Francisco reportedly proposed a trade offer with the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. On Sunday, GM Bobby Evans opened up on the possibility of a deal getting done.

"The Marlins made it clear that when you get close to a deal, then they'll approach the player," Evans said on MLB Network Radio. "I don't think they would be talking to us if they didn't think there was a good chance something like that could get approved. But, they haven't given us an answer relative to that yet. Certainly, we're very early in the process."

While reports surfaced Friday of the Giants make an offer to the Marlins, details have not yet become clear. And it sounds like Evans is still looking for an answer as to what Miami's front office is looking for. 

"We don't have any indication at this point from the Marlins as to what their expectations are," Evans says. 

Complicating matters is Stanton's monster of a contract. Stanton is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

"With a move like that, I think that the process typically when we're dealing with Miami or any other club, a guy with a no-trade, you don't really get any clarity on that until you get closer to a deal," Evans said. 

The Giants are trying to turn the clock to 25 years ago in 1992 when in the offseason, Barry Bonds won the National League MVP with the Pirates and then joined the Giants as a free agent. Matters are a bit different as the Giants would acquire Stanton via trade, but the 28-year-old just won the NL MVP after hitting league-leading 59 home runs.