SAN FRANCISCO -- With a crucial free agency period about to kick off, the Giants are about to fill out the rest of a revamped coaching staff.
Former A's pitching coach Curt Young will be announced as the new pitching coach on Monday, per a source, and the Giants will also officially announce the hiring of hitting coach Alonzo Powell. Young takes over for Dave Righetti, who was moved to a front office role last month after nearly two decades in the dugout. Powell will slide into the role vacated by Hensley Meulens, the new bench coach.
The latest hires just about set Bruce Bochy's staff for the upcoming season. The Giants still need an assistant hitting coach, but Young, Powell and bullpen coach Matt Herges will join the holdovers, with Meulens and Ron Wotus (third base coach) taking new roles. Phil Nevin is the lone departure from the organization, with other members of the 2017 staff taking on different job titles.
Young served two stints as the A's pitching coach and also briefly held the job in Boston. He was let go by the A's during the 2017 season. His hire fills two boxes for Bobby Evans, who led the overhaul of the staff. Evans wanted an experienced coach to take the job that was so capably filled by Righetti over the years, and he also wanted the organization to take a more analytical approach. Young (A's), Powell (Astros) and Herges (Dodgers) all come from organizations known for pushing the boundaries and trying new things.
Young's hire was first reported Friday by the San Francisco Chronicle.
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.