SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have always viewed Hensley Meulens as a candidate to be a manager one day. His old team appears to view him that way, too.
Meulens will be part of the next round of interviews held by the New York Yankees, according to the New York Post. The Yankees are looking for a replacement for Joe Girardi, who was let go as manager after taking the team to the ALCS. Per the Post, the search has been suspended for a few days because executives are in Orlando for the annual GM Meetings.
Meulens was recently moved from hitting coach to bench coach, and the Giants believe that will help him prepare for a future role. During a conference call last week, manager Bruce Bochy said he'll lean on Meulens, who takes over for Ron Wotus.
"Bam Bam is going to be in a place that he's kind of been wanting to head to, that being bench coach and managing," Bochy said. "He'll be a nice pin cushion for me as we go through the season. Like with all changes that are being made, we'll get new ideas and a different perspective. I know he's excited about it."
Meulens has made no secret of his desire to get the big chair one day, and he interviewed with several teams after World Series runs. He brings plenty to the table, including successful stints as manager of the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and a varied background that has him speaking five languages.
Meulens played five seasons for the Yankees during a seven-season MLB career.
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.
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.