Theriot takes fly balls in left field, etc.


Theriot takes fly balls in left field, etc.

LOS ANGELES Giants manager Bruce Bochy asked Ryan Theriothow he felt after getting practice in left field for the second consecutiveday.

He said, Im fine. The only thing Im having trouble withis fly balls, Bochy said.

He'll hit the Catskills circuit this winter, folks. But all jokesaside, left field is a serious issue for the Giants these days following MelkyCabreras 50-game suspension for a positive PED test.

Bochy said he could put Theriot in left field as a way tokeep both he and Marco Scutaro in the lineup. Scutaro, who hasnt played leftfield since 2008, could be an option, too. (But not Brandon Belt, who hasnttaken a fly ball in the outfield since spring training. Bochy continued to keepthe door cracked on that possibility, but isnt likely to grab the doorknob.)

The main option, as it has been, is Gregor Blanco.

Well keep all of em, all our options, Bochy said. Wehave to.

That includes options from outside the organization. Whichname appeals to you: Jeff Francoeur, Cody Ross, Scott Hairston, Rick Ankiel,Pat Burrell?

(Just seeing if you were paying attention for that last one)

Bochy said GM Brian Sabean remains active on the waiverfront, looking for a right-handed hitting outfielder. The Giants will have toconsider Xavier Nady at Triple-A Fresno, too.

But for now, its Blanco.

Bochy received a good report on Guillermo Mota after theright-hander threw two innings for Fresno on Monday. Bochy said Motas fastballwas in the 92-94 mph range while he held Tucson to one hit, a solo home run.

The Giants must make a decision on Mota Aug. 28, when his100-game suspension is up and he must be transferred from the restricted list.

Some have asked if Bochys son, Brett, might be an option asa September call-up after having a very impressive season for Double-ARichmond. The papa is proud, but he said no, it wasnt a consideration.

And now Brett Bochy is shut down with shoulder fatigue. Atleast tests did not reveal any structural damage.

Hell play catch and theyll reevaluate him, Bochy said ofhis son, who has been shut down for five days and landed on the DL Tuesday. Hesdone a great job, but no, we havent talked about him being here. Hesunraveled the last week and he didnt say anything. Basically its just a caseof really, really dead arm.

Brian Wilson made a visit to the Giants clubhouse, stillbearded as if he just emerged from a cardboard hovel. Wilson appeared to be ingood condition as he greeted coaches and teammates. He met with trainers asboth sides discussed his rehab progress following Tommy John surgery in Aprilto reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

He wore silver moon boots. Yep, same Wilson.

Apparently, Sasquatch was not credentialed to accompany himinto the clubhouse.

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.