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Farhan Zaidi says Giants not looking at Yasiel Puig, other free agents

Farhan Zaidi says Giants not looking at Yasiel Puig, other free agents

The Yasiel Puig-to-Giants rumors just won't go away.

But Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi brought a bucket of cold water to the rumor mill, and he poured it out earlier this week.

During an interview with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami, Zaidi was asked if Puig was someone he could see talking to about signing with the Giants.

"Right now, we're really not having active conversations with anyone outside the organization," Zaidi said on the "TK Show" on Wednesday. "Like we talked about earlier, we're so focused on evaluating what we have in camp and we certainly had some guys step forward like Darin Ruf. And certainly want to see what a guy like Jaylin Davis can do this season if given a chance to in the outfield. So right now, we're not looking outside the organization at all."

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Almost immediately after MLB and the Players' Association to a 60-game 2020 season, The Athletic's Jim Bowden reported, citing sources close to the Giants front office, that the team was expected to be players for Puig once the roster freeze ended.

That rumor came nearly three weeks ago, and since then Puig has remained a free agent.

MLB Insider Jon Heyman reported Saturday that the Baltimore Orioles are among the teams looking at Puig, but the outfielder isn't close to signing with a team.

While Puig would bring a much-needed spark to the Giants' clubhouse, Zaidi is right. The Giants simply have too many young players that need a chance to play and prove themselves at the major league level.

In addition to Davis, first-year Giants manager Gabe Kapler has to find playing time for Alex Dickerson, Steven Duggar, Billy Hamilton, Hunter Pence, Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski. Ruf has prior experience in the outfield, though he played first base the last three seasons while playing in Korea.

The Giants want to get prospect Mauricio Dubon time in center field, making the logistics even tougher. And we can't forget about top prospect Heliot Ramos, who could force his way onto the big league club at some point this season.

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With the National League using the designated hitter this season, that will help with the logjam. But Kapler still has to find time for all those players.

Puig would have been a good idea if the Giants didn't have so many options in the outfield. But at this point, they just don't have the room for him.

Report: Giants to add player names to back of home jerseys next season

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Report: Giants to add player names to back of home jerseys next season

The Giants can simultaneously be the most recognizable and the most anonymous team in the National League. 

If he wanted to, Gabe Kapler could send out a lineup that would have been normal way back in 2012: Brandon Belt at first, Brandon Crawford at short, Pablo Sandoval at third, and Hunter Pence in the outfield. Back in spring training, those four shared a clubhouse with Buster Posey, too. 

At the same time, the Giants often start groups that look more like the half of a split-squad that's headed out to Glendale for the late game of a spring training doubleheader. They used 64 players last year, a National League record, and a lot of them weren't even in town long enough for fans to learn their first name. 

In a nod to that latter issue, the organization will make a significant change to the home jerseys next season. Team president and CEO Larry Baer told the San Francisco Chronicle's Bruce Jenkins that the organization decided earlier this summer to put player names on the backs of home jerseys.

"Part of it is the substantial roster turnover we've had, but it's also about the way people consume games now," Baer said. "You'd like to believe everybody's sitting down in front of the TV for three hours of Kruk & Kuip, but between social media, Twitter, highlights availability, a lot of people tune in for 20 minutes and then go do something else. The game's on the screen, but they aren't necessarily paying attention. If they're a casual fan, they don't want to have to figure out if that's Alex Dickerson or Mike Yastrzemski."

Teams are not allowed to change their jerseys during the season, so the new look won't go into effect until 2021. The current one is an homage to the team that arrived from San Francisco in 1958 and was a favorite of former owner Peter Magowan. 

It made more sense earlier this decade, but roster turnover has become a big part of the weekly routine at Oracle Park under new president Farhan Zaidi. There were a lot of misses, but that helped the Giants find Dickerson and Yastrzemski, two players who are key parts of this year's lineup and will have their long last names on their backs by this time next year. 

Giants vs. A's MLB live stream: How to watch Battle of the Bay online, on TV

Giants vs. A's MLB live stream: How to watch Battle of the Bay online, on TV

The Battle of the Bay is here.

The Giants (8-12) welcome their Bay Area rival A's (13-6) to Oracle Park for a three-game weekend series. The Giants are coming off a tough 10-game road trip where they went just 3-7, losing two out of three to the Houston Astros in their last series.

Oakland lost two of their last three to the Los Angeles Angels, but won nine straight before that. However, they will be without Ramón Laureano for the series, as the A's outfielder will start serving his suspension Friday night after it was reduced from six to four games upon appeal.

Here's how you can watch the Giants play the A's online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

Friday, Aug. 14

Giants broadcast

When: Giants Pregame Live at 6 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:45 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

A's broadcast

When: A's Pregame Live at 6 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:45 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

Saturday, Aug. 15

When: First pitch at 4:07 p.m. PT
TV: FOX
Stream: FuboTV - Get a free trial

Sunday, Aug. 16

Giants broadcast

When: Giants Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 1:05 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

A's broadcast

When: A's Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 1:05 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

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