Sandoval: 'Giants fans better than N.Y.'


Sandoval: 'Giants fans better than N.Y.'

KANSAS CITY -- Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval will play in his second All-Star Game Tuesday night but it will be his first as a starter. His selection was not without controversy. Sandoval will take the field at third base ahead of Mets third baseman David Wright. Sandoval finished with 5.7 million votes to Wright's 4.1 million votes.Mets GM Sandy Alderson took a few shots via Twitter:"ASG election of 'Kung Fu Panda' shows the value of a cute nickname. Surprised Giants fans didn't elect a 'ball dude' to start at 3B.""Wright vs. Sandoval: A city of 8 million was outvoted by a city of 800,000."
Wright is hitting .351 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs over 82 games. Sandoval has a .307 average, with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 51 games and admitted to being slightly surprised to edge out Wright.On his selection to the All-Star Game
"I'm excited. Like I always say, it's exciting to be a part of the starting lineup with my teammates. All the support (the fans) do) for us, it's exciting. I get impressed. Every time 42, 000 ... 40,000 people vote for us. It's exciting to be part of that.On Matt Cain starting for the National League"I'm happy. I'm happy to see Cain. He do his thing out there. He deserved that, all the things he's been doing during the season, the perfect game. He deserved to be the starting pitcher for the National League."On being named a starter for the All-Star Game"(I was) surprised a little bit because David Wright is having a great season. I saw some great plays. Beating him is tough because New York has got pretty good fans. But I think this moment showed me that Giants fans are better than New York."On Buster Posey starting a year after his injury"I'm happy for him. He's been through a lot of things, his ankle surgery. He missed all season last year. To get back the way he got back, it's tough. He deserves to be here. He's a great player, great hitter. I'm happy to see my teammate not just for one year but a couple of years. I know him very well. He's a great guy, such a great teammate, so I'm happy for him to be here."

Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton


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


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.