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Get to know three prospects Giants landed from Twins in Sam Dyson trade

Get to know three prospects Giants landed from Twins in Sam Dyson trade

Among the Giants' many moves Wednesday before the 1 p.m. PT MLB trade deadline was the departure of reliever Sam Dyson, whom the team dealt to the Twins.

The Giants traded Dyson to Minnesota for three prospects: Outfielder Jaylin Davis and pitchers Prelander Berroa and Kai-Wei Teng. 

Dyson, 31, has been a shutdown arm out of the bullpen for the Giants this season. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA, but acquiring three prospects for the veteran is a solid return. 

A source familiar with the Twins organization provided scouting reports to NBC Sports Bay Area on the three prospects. 

Jaylin Davis, OF, 25

Scouting report: Big power, especially to the opposite-field gap. Hits the ball really hard, has been on fire since going up to Triple-A. Swing-and-miss risk. Average right fielder and can handle center in a pinch. Solid throwing arm.

Davis is a former 24th-round pick by the Twins out of Appalachian State. He has huge power potential and has been raking since he was promoted to Triple-A Rochester. 

The right-handed power bat was hitting .331 with 15 homers and a 1.112 OPS in 41 Triple-A games when the Giants acquired him. 

Prelander Berroa, RHP, 19 

Scouting report: Undersized righty out of the Dominican Republic. Big arm, working on his command. Throws 92-98 mph, averages 94. Slider and changeup still in development. 

Berroa is only 5-foot-11 and 170 but has a live arm. Through seven starts in Advanced Rookie League, Berroa is 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA and has 37 strikeouts through 31 2/3 innings pitched. 

FanGraphs lists Berroa as the Giants' new No. 19 prospect.

Kai-Wei Teng, RHP, 20

Scouting report: Signed for 500K out of Taiwan. Four-pitch mix. Throws 90-95 mph, averages 93. Curveball is his best secondary pitch. Hard downer at 77-83. 

Teng, 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds is enjoying a solid season in Single-A. He has a 4-0 record with a 1.60 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. 

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FanGraphs places Teng as the Giants' No. 20 prospect.

MLB rumors: Cardinals 'entering the fray' to pursue Madison Bumgarner

MLB rumors: Cardinals 'entering the fray' to pursue Madison Bumgarner

With the Winter Meetings rapidly approaching, MLB free agency is heating up.

One of the top available pitchers -- Madison Bumgarner -- is expected to be in high demand, particularly now that Cole Hamels has signed with the Braves and Zack Wheeler reportedly has agreed to a five-year contract with the Phillies. For teams who scoff at Gerrit Cole's price tag, Bumgarner might be the logical compromise.

The Giants have been "in communication" with Bumgarner, but rumor has it another interested team has entered the mix.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Thursday that the St. Louis Cardinals have been linked to Bumgarner, citing a source.

St. Louis already has brought back veteran Adam Wainwright on a one-year deal, and after he, Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas and Dakota Hudson, there appears to be an opening for Bumgarner in the starting rotation. Signing with the Cardinals would not only allow Bumgarner to continue pitching in the National League, but would also allow him to continue taking his own at-bats, which we know he loves so much. He also has been linked to teams such as the Twins and White Sox, but would forfeit his at-bats to a DH in each of those situations.

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While Bumgarner is expected to receive a contract in excess of $100 million, Feinsand suggests Wheeler's reported $118 million payday might serve to increase the total.

MLB rumors: Yankees make signing free agent Gerrit Cole top priority

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MLB rumors: Yankees make signing free agent Gerrit Cole top priority

Gerrit Cole is far and away the gem of the 2019 MLB free-agent class.

The former Pirates and Astros ace led the American League in both ERA and strikeouts last season and finished just behind teammate Justin Verlander in the AL Cy Young Award race.

The team that historically always has had the deepest pockets in baseball -- the New York Yankees -- have made Cole a priority in free agency, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Thursday, citing a source.

Cole is a Southern California native with familial ties to the Giants, a team that also features one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in the MLB. San Francisco also has been mentioned as a destination for the ace, who reportedly desires a return to the West Coast.

But if the Yankees, who always have jumped to outbid every other team for talent in free agency, decide to back up the proverbial Brinks truck for the 29-year-old, the Giants might be swiftly eliminated from contention for Cole.

Reports indicate that Cole’s price tag will “shatter” the record set by David Price when he signed a $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in 2015.

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While San Francisco has plenty of money to spend this offseason, it likely won’t engage in a bidding war that could approach $300 million.

Even if longtime Giant and current free agent Madison Bumgarner elects to go elsewhere in free agency, it remains to be seen how much money San Francisco would be willing to shell out for an elite talent like Cole in the heart of his prime.