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Report: MLB examining link between Melky's agents, steroid distributor

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Report: MLB examining link between Melky's agents, steroid distributor

Major League Baseball is investigating whether Seth and SamLevinson, agents to Giants leftfielder Melky Cabrera, arranged a relationshipbetween former client Paul Lo Duca and steroid distributor Kirk Radomski, BobNightengale of USATODAY reported.Nightengale, citing three people with knowledge of MLBsinvestigation, reported that Lo Duca alledged that the Levinsons introduced himto Radomski and set up a checking account for Lo Duca to pay Radomski forperformance-enhancing drugs.The investigation was sparked by Cabreras positive test fortestosterone two weeks ago for which he was suspended 50 games. In an attemptto beat the charges, Cabrera and his associate Juan Nunez created a falsewebsite to try to create the defense that Cabreras positive test was theresult of a tainted product purchased over the Internet. The Levinsons told theNew York Daily News that Nunez was a paid consultant of their firm, ACES Inc.but not an employee.There is absolutely no truth to the allegation that eitherof us had any involvement in procuring performance-enhancing drugs for MelkyCabrera or any other baseball players, the Levinsons said in a statementissued last week by a criminal defense lawyer. Nor did we have knowledge thatanyone else was doing so.MLB is also looking into Cabreras Miami-based trainer, Cesar Paublini, USA TODAY reported, but Paublinisaid he hadnt been contacted by MLB. He also said he had never met theLevinsons but that Cabrera had once introduced him to Nunez.The Mitchell Report first revealed Lo Ducas relationshipwith Radomski and uncovered three checks from Lo Duca to Radomski for 3,200each. Radomski said in the Mitchell Report that the checks were payments forhuman growth hormone.USATODAY obtained a copy of one of the checks, which revealed that Lo Duca andSamuel W. LevinsonCO ACES Inc. were listed as joint account holders. Theaddress listed on the check matched the address of the Levinsons Brooklyn office.Seth Levinson told USA TODAY he had no relationshipwith Radomski and declined to comment on ACES Inc.s name appearing on thecheck sent to Radomski.Radomski pled guilt to money laundering and distribution ofsteroids on April 27, 2007. According to Nightengales sources, Lo Duca said henever met Radomski in person but talked to him on the phone to get advice onusing the performance-enhancing drugs responsibly.MLB wants to question Radomski on his relationshipwith the Levinsons and whether he was a paid consultant of their firm.

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.