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CC Sabathia wanted to play for Giants, and it almost happened twice

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CC Sabathia wanted to play for Giants, and it almost happened twice

CC Sabathia is an East Bay guy, but he almost ended up on the other side of the Bay Bridge.

Growing up in Vallejo, Sabathia was an A's fan. But as he was getting closer to the draft process, he grew more and more fond of the Giants.

"I grew up an A’s fan, but for some reason in high school, I had it in my head the Giants were going to draft me,” Sabathia told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. “So I always wanted to pitch for the Giants after that. I never really got any letters or any kind of looks from the A’s, so after about the 10th grade, it was always the Giants."

As it turned out, San Francisco passed on Sabathia in favor of another local prospect, Woodland’s Tony Torcato.

Think the Giants regret that one?

San Francisco had a second chance to put Sabathia in a Giants uniform when he became a free agent in 2008, and they almost pulled it off, if not for the deep-pocketed Yankees.

"We were close to negotiating terms,” Sabathia said of the contract talks with the Giants. “It would’ve been cool, yeah, but this is the best thing for me, to be able to come to New York, have a chance to win every year. Being in the pinstripes is a lot of fun. It’s my dad’s dream, so I’m glad I got a chance to live it out."

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Sabathia would go on to win a World Series with the Bronx Bombers in 2009. A year later, San Francisco won the first of its three consecutive even-year World Series title.

So, clearly, things worked out just fine for both sides. But it does make you wonder what they could have accomplished together.

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Astros' Joe Espada for manager role

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Astros' Joe Espada for manager role

Go ahead and add another name to the candidacy list to take over the Giants' managerial role after Bruce Bochy announced his retirement following the 2019 season.

San Francisco reportedly has asked the Houston Astros for permission to speak to Joe Espada, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Espada also is a candidate for the Cubs' managing job.

Espada, 44, currently is the bench coach for the Astros. His background before joining Houston includes a stint with the New York Yankees as the special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman in 2014, where he later was named the team's third-base coach. Before that, he was the third base coach for the Miami Marlins.  

He also coached the Puerto Rican team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. 

Espada was drafted by the Oakland A's in the second round of the 1996 MLB Draft and spent a decade playing internationally and made it through to Triple-A.

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He joins a list of potential Giants managers that includes Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and A's quality control coach Mark Kotsay ... to name a few.

As Heyman points out, this is a younger group of candidates, which appears to be the theme across the board for Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

There surely will be many more names to come before we know who will man the Giants' dugout in 2020.

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Rays coach Matt Quatraro for manager

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Rays coach Matt Quatraro for manager

A new name has been added to the running list of candidates to be the next Giants manager. 

The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reported Thursday that the Giants are interested in Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro to fill their managerial opening left by Bruce Bochy's retirement. 

Quatraro, 45, was named Tampa Bay's bench coach prior to last season. He spent the 2018 season as the Rays' third base coach after four seasons as the Indians' assistant hitting coach. 

The Indians ranked fifth in MLB in runs per game (4.6) during his time in Cleveland and fifth in on-base percentage (.327). By comparison, the Giants ranked 28th in the majors last season in total runs scored (678) and in on-base percentage (.302). 

While Quatraro doesn't have managing experience in the big leagues, he has managed in the minors. Quatraro managed two seasons in Short-Season Class A Hudson Valley (2006-07), one season for Class A Columbus (2008) and one season for Class A Bowling Green (2009). '

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Quatraro joins known Giants candidates Hensley Meulens and Ron Wotus, Mark Kotsay, Pedro Grifol, Gabe Kapler and Wil Venable to possibly be the next manager in San Francisco. 

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will search far and wide, and Quatraro seems to check every box he's looking for.