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Report: Giants free agent reliever Romo down to Dodgers, mystery team

Report: Giants free agent reliever Romo down to Dodgers, mystery team

Giants free agent reliever Sergio Romo is still seeking a team to lace up his spikes and toe the rubber with just a few weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training. 

While a reunion in San Francisco seems highly unlikely, the Giants may still see plenty of Romo in 2017. The veteran right-hander is reportedly down to two remaining teams in free agency -- the Dodgers and an unidentified team.

On Tuesday, Romo shared his desire to return to the Giants, but acknowledged it was definitely a long shot. "I'd love to go back to San Francisco, but at this point, it doesn't seem to be in the cards," Romo said to SiriusXm's MLB Network Radio. "It seems more of a possibility that I will go elsewhere." 

Over his nine-year MLB career, Romo has made nearly $27 million, including $9 million in 2016. But, money isn't a factor on the open market for Romo, 33, who will turn 34 in March before the season begins.

"I'm looking for that right situation. I'm thankful that teams are still calling. But right now, it's not really money," says Romo. "It's not. It's more so finding exactly the place I need to go, the place I know I'll be able to have the privilege of saying, like I did in San Francisco, that I went to work happy every day." 

Behind only San Francisco's AT&T Park and Arizona's Chase Field, the stadium Romo has appeared in the third-most times in his career is Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. And, Romo has put up some of his best numbers against the Giants' biggest rival. 

Appearing out of the bullpen 27 times, Romo owns a 1.82 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched at Dodger Stadium. He has struck out 31 Dodgers to only three walks on the road. 

Romo was used in multiple roles for the Giants last season, including as a closer while the team struggled to finish games. Though he posted a 2.64 ERA to go with a perfect 1-0 record in 40 games, Romo had an up-and-down season as he also battled injuries. 

Spending all nine of his years in the majors with the Giants, Romo has compiled a 32-26 record with 84 saves. Romo was named an NL All-Star in 2013 and won three World Series (2010, 2012 and 2014) with the Giants. 

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was first to report the news on Romo deciding between the Dodgers and a mystery team. 

Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach

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Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach

Chili Davis spent the first seven years of his big league career with the Giants where he made two All-Star teams and hit 101 home runs. 

Fast forward 37 years from his debut in 1981, and Davis may now be the one teaching Giants how to hit balls over the wall in 2018. The Giants met with Davis Thursday about becoming the team's new hitting coach, according to The Mercury News

The only problem is, there is no open vacancy on the Giants' coaching staff. 

Current hitting coach Hensley Meulens is a candidate for the Tigers' head coaching vacancy, but reports surfaced Thursday that former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will take that role. Meulens could become a candidate to manage another team or take a different spot on the Giants' staff. 

The Giants' offense sputtered in 2017. Overall, the offense ranked 23rd in batting average (.249), 29th in runs scored (639) and last in home runs (128). By comparison, the Pirates were the next worst team at hitting home runs in 2017 and still launched 23 more long balls than the Giants. 

Over his 19-year career, Davis hit 350 home runs. He has spent the last three years as the Red Sox's hitting instructor. 

Good news, bad news for Chris Shaw's first week in the Arizona Fall League

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Good news, bad news for Chris Shaw's first week in the Arizona Fall League

Every time the Journey song “Lights” plays throughout AT&T Park, the lyrics When the lights go down in the City ring too true for the Giants’ offense. There’s a power outage in San Francisco. 

The savior to this issue can soon be prospect Chris Shaw, who turns 24 years old on Oct. 20. Shaw, along with five other Giants prospects, is continuing his 2017 season among a multitude of baseball’s best young up-and-comers in the Arizona Fall League. As he takes the field for the Scottsdale Scorpions, Shaw’s bat is far from the top focus for the Giants. 

After playing right and left field at Boston College, the Giants turned Shaw into a first baseman once they selected the 6-foot-4, 235-pound lefty in 2015. This year, the Giants’ front office decided to make a change. As the big league team continued to look for their own answers, Shaw saw himself in left field in 94 of the 125 games he played between Double-A and Triple-A this season. 

“I saw improvements through the course of the year,” Brian Sabean said about Shaw’s outfield defense on The Giants Insider Podcast. “The problem is playing left field in our left field isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do.” 

The AFL is all about reps in left field for Shaw as the Giants have already said he will get a long look in spring training. He earned that right after a breakout year at the plate.

One week into the AFL though, Shaw’s bat is way behind. Through four games, Shaw is batting a pedestrian .133 (2-for-15), both hits being singles. But even in such a slow start there are positives. 

Shaw has walked three times to only two strikeouts. His only downfall at the plate once he reached Triple-A Sacramento was his on-base percentage fell from .390 in Double-A to .328 at the higher level. With the River Cats, Shaw struck out 106 times, leading the team, while taking his base 20 times.

Early on in the desert, Shaw is showing more patience and putting the ball into play more often. The ball simply isn’t finding grass.

In the outfield, every ball Shaw sees -- practice or game -- during the AFL is a step in the right direction for he and the Giants. He is yet to make an error in his short time at the AFL. The big lefty will never be a guy to make the spectacular play, but if he improves his instincts with the glove and improves his eye at the plate, the Giants can finally have their left fielder of the future.