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Giants agree to deal with lefty Tyler Anderson day after non-tendering

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Giants agree to deal with lefty Tyler Anderson day after non-tendering

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants were optimistic that they would get a deal done with Tyler Anderson before Monday’s non-tender deadline. A day later, they did. 

The club announced Tuesday night that Anderson, a left-handed starter, agreed to a one-year deal. Financial details were not immediately available but Anderson was due about $2.6 million in arbitration and likely signed below that number. 

Anderson, 29, should now enter spring training as a candidate to win a rotation spot. Team officials were impressed with his past work in Colorado and view him as a potential back-end starter if healthy. 

Anderson had knee surgery on June 11 and missed most of the 2019 season. He made five starts before going down, allowing 27 runs in 20 2/3 innings. Anderson was a fixture in Colorado's rotation a year earlier, posting a 4.55 ERA in 32 starts. He led the league in home runs allowed in 2018, but had a 1.27 WHIP and averaged 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. 

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The Giants currently have Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto locked into their 2020 rotation with Tyler Beede and Logan Webb set for significant roles. Webb, though, will be on an innings limit, and the Giants have been looking for veteran depth. 

Anderson could provide that regardless of what happens with Madison Bumgarner, who has several suitors in free agency. 

Baseball Hall of Fame: Barry Bonds falls short in eighth straight year

Baseball Hall of Fame: Barry Bonds falls short in eighth straight year

The wait continues for Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader. 

Barry Bonds again fell well short of the needed vote total to make it to the Hall of Fame, finishing with 60.7 percent of the vote in his eighth year on the ballot. Bonds needs to get to 75 percent to make it to Cooperstown and now has just two more years to get there. 

Bonds saw a very slight uptick from 2019, when he received 59.1 percent of the vote. Since crossing over the halfway mark in 2017, he has gotten 53.8 percent, 56.4, 59.1 and now 60.7, but there is still a long way to go and not a whole lot of momentum at the moment. Bonds continues to see more support from younger voters and those who are willing to make their selections public -- he was at 71.2 percent on the 211 ballots that were released before Tuesday's announcement -- but he annually sees a big drop when the private ballots are added in. 

Bonds is MLB's all-time leader in homers and walks and was a seven-time National League MVP, but he continues to pay for his connection to performance-enhancing drugs. Roger Clemens, who has a remarkably similar case, received 61 percent of the vote this year. 

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The class will be a small one, with just Derek Jeter and Larry Walker making it. Jeter was listed on 396 of 397 ballots, coming one vote shy of joining former teammate Mariano Rivera as the only unanimous Hall of Famers. Walker made it in his final year on the ballot, clearing the threshold by just six votes. 

Two of Bonds' teammates received enough support that they will stay on the ballot. Longtime big league shortstop Omar Vizquel finished at 52.6 percent and former Giants MVP Jeff Kent at 27.5. Former A's Jason Giambi and Eric Chavez were among those who did not receive the five percent needed to stay on the ballot another year. 

Giants claim starting pitcher Luis Madero from Angels, DFA Jake Jewell

Giants claim starting pitcher Luis Madero from Angels, DFA Jake Jewell

For the second week in a row, the Giants claimed a right-hander from the Los Angeles Angels and made room on the roster by releasing another former Angel. 

This time, it was 22-year-old Luis Madero joining the organization on a waiver claim, with fellow right-hander Jake Jewell getting designated for assignment. Jewell had been claimed last Monday and the Giants cleared a spot that day by designating Zack Cozart. 

Madero, who made it to Double-A last season, seems to bring a bit more upside to an organization looking to hit on underrated prospects. He was ranked 11th in the Angels' system at the time of the waiver claim, according to MLB Pipeline. Madero had been DFA'd last week.

Madero was originally signed out of Venezuela by the Diamondbacks and has spent the last two seasons in A-ball and Double-A with the Angels. He made 24 appearances last season -- 22 of which were starts -- and posted a 5.03 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. 

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According to MLB Pipeline, Madero has a low 90s sinker and a good slider. That could be a solid combination out of the bullpen, although the Giants also are working to stockpile starting pitching depth. They figure to have a pretty good handle of what Madero is capable of, as new pitching coach Andrew Bailey came to the Giants after two years on staff with the Angels.