Report: Cardinals officials meeting with Stanton representatives


Report: Cardinals officials meeting with Stanton representatives

On Thursday night, Giants officials, led by Brian Sabean and Bobby Evans, met with Giancarlo Stanton's representatives in Los Angeles. Giants fans immediately took to social media, assuming the 2017 National League MVP was being shipped to San Francisco. 

Slow down. It appears there's some big competition. 

Cardinals officials are reportedly set to meet with Stanton's representatives in LA on Friday, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

The Cardinals and Giants have been seen as the two favorites to complete a trade with the Marlins for Stanton. The 28-year-old holds a no-trade clause, ultimately putting the power in his hands. 

This past season, the Cardinals finished 83-79, good for third in the NL Central. On the other side, the Giants lost 98 games to finish last in the NL West. 

Larry Baer's statement on passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee


Larry Baer's statement on passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Statement from Giants President and CEO Laurence M. Baer Regarding Passing of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee

We were deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Mayor Ed Lee.  He was a true San Franciscan who devoted his life to serving our great city and to supporting those most in need.  He was the Giants' number one fan and we are blessed to have shared so many wonderful memories together.  He will be dearly missed by everyone in our organization.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Mayor Lee's wife Anita, his daughters Brianna and Tania and his entire family during this tragic and difficult time.  

Giants media services. 

Cain, Moustakas on Giants' radar? Sabean: 'My vote would be a no'


Cain, Moustakas on Giants' radar? Sabean: 'My vote would be a no'

ORLANDO — In a world without qualifying offers, a lot of offseason moves would be easier to swallow. Put Lorenzo Cain in center, giving the Giants an elite defender at a time when outfield defense is their biggest flaw. Put Mike Moustakas at third, adding power to the worst home-run-hitting team in the majors. Many around the game, perhaps not familiar with the Giants' desire to rebuild their minor league system, think both players make sense in orange and black. 

But nine players received — and turned down — qualifying offers, including Cain and Moustakas, the former Royals stars. That’s why you can just about cross them off the winter wish list. The Giants, being over the luxury tax, would forfeit two draft picks and international bonus money if they signed either player. Asked about that possibility on the first day of the winter meetings, vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean left no doubt about where he stands. 

“If you’re asking me personally, my vote would be a no, being that we wouldn't want to get involved with somebody like that,” Sabean said.

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Sabean’s vote, of course, carries significant weight, but he’s not alone in his thinking. Sources said others in the front office, including general manager Bobby Evans, are just as protective of the picks that would be surrendered. The Giants would give up the second pick in the second round and the second pick in the fifth round. Because they lost 98 games and will pick second overall in every round, every pick in next June’s draft will mean a bit more. The Giants would also have to give up $1 million in international bonus pool money at a time when they are focused on becoming bigger players in that market. 

“That would be a huge hit in a year (we have) the second pick in every round,” Sabean said. “We really have a chance to make hay in this draft and we expect to do so, so that would be a stretch.”

The other players who rejected qualifying offers last month were Eric Hosmer, Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis, Alex Cobb, Greg Holland, Lance Lynn and Carlos Santana.