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Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

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Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.

Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.

The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.

Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.

As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.

Conor Gillaspie’s wife thanks Giants for second stint with team

Conor Gillaspie’s wife thanks Giants for second stint with team

Bruce Bochy didn't take the decision to designate Conor Gillaspie for assignment easily on Thursday. 

"It stinks," Bochy said. "It's always difficult. Conor, as you well know, did a lot for us last year, especially down the stretch. This is the tough thing about going through a year like this."

With the tough news, Gillaspie's wife Amanda graciously thanked the Giants and all the fans on Thursday. 

Even Finnerty's, the famous New York bar that plays host to Bay Area fans, thanked Gillaspie with an in-person video of his most famous moment as a Giant. 

The Giants originally selected Gillaspie No. 37 overall in the 2008 MLD Draft. He will always be remembered for his game-winning home run in the 2016 Wild Card Game and his go-ahead triple off Aroldis Chapman in Game 3 of the 2016 NLDS. 

Over 19 at-bats in the 2016 playoffs, Gillaspie batted .421 with six RBI. 

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants get swept by Dodgers in LA

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants get swept by Dodgers in LA

BOX SCORE

LOS ANGELES — The Giants moved Madison Bumgarner up a day to keep him on schedule, but in the clubhouse, coaches were surely also hoping he would bring a spark and prevent a sweep. 

Bumgarner did his part. It didn’t matter. 

The Giants blew a one-run lead in the ninth and again in the 11th. Kyle Farmer, in his big league debut, hit a two-run walk-off double to right to clinch a 3-2 win for the Dodgers. 

Here are five things to know, if you can stomach it … 

--- Conor Gillaspie has two hits in the last 11 days and both have been pinch-hit homers. He hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning on July 21 to tie a game. Sunday’s go-ahead blast in the eighth was the seventh pinch-hit homer of Gillaspie’s career. 

--- On the flip side, Gillaspie opened the door for the ninth-inning comeback. He was slow getting rid of Chase Utley's routine grounder to open the inning and Utley reached safely. He took second by getting a huge jump off Sam Dyson. Yasiel Puig bounced a 3-2 pitch into center to tie the game, and an intentional walk and infield single loaded the bases. Cody Bellinger flied out to end the threat. 

--- Bumgarner gave up just five hits in seven shutout innings. He struck out seven. He has thrown 25 1/3 innings in his four starts since returning from a shoulder injury. 

---- Tomlinson is now 11 for 32 as a pinch-hitter this season. That'll keep you around for a while. 

--- The Giants tried to put a rally together in the seventh when the first two runners reached. Joe Panik tagged up from second on a deep fly ball to Yasiel Puig and lived to smile about it, but just barely. Panik then tagged up again on Brandon Crawford’s fly ball to center and Kiké Hernandez gunned him down at the plate with a gorgeous throw. Given what the Giants have done on offense, it was the right call by Panik. You tip your cap.