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Giants catcher Buster Posey to play in World Baseball Classic

Giants catcher Buster Posey to play in World Baseball Classic

Update (11:20 a.m.): MLB announced Giants catchers Buster Posey will participate in the World Baseball Classic for the United States.

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Buster Posey is reportedly getting prepared to represent his country.

The Giants' catcher is on USA Baseball's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic and is likely to play in the tournament, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi.

The 16-team tournament will be held from March 9-22 across four countries.

The championship round will be at Dodger Stadium.

Giants pitchers and catchers report to spring training in mid-February.

Opening Day for the Orange and Black is April 2 at the Diamondbacks.

Buster Posey hit .288 with 14 home runs and 80 RBI last season. He started 122 games at catcher and took home his first Gold Glove.
 

Giants shakeup starts with Bobby Evans but it won't stop there

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Giants shakeup starts with Bobby Evans but it won't stop there

Round one of the San Francisco Giants’ shakeup is here, and the ace of spades has been dealt to general manager Bobby Evans.
 
Kind of.
 
Larry Baer had said there would be changes two weeks ago, and since most folks looked at a roster with few desirable pieces and a threadbare farm system, the obvious next choice was in civilian clothes. Since that wasn’t going to be baseball operations head Brian Sabean, Evans was the logical goat to be scaped.
 
So it came on Monday, as the Giants came home to finish off a season that never got much traction and has been slowly deteriorating since the All-Star break. Evans, ever earnest and hard-working, would be reassigned for what has been a precipitous fall since the summer of 2016.
 
It seems unlikely that Baer would go after either Sabean or manager Bruce Bochy next, as it is difficult to make a convincing case that they both turned into bad baseball men at the same time. Their combined work has given the Giants two decades (one decade in Bochy's case) of mostly admirable results, and whatever Baer’s skills may be, building a baseball organization from the top down would not seem to be one of them.
 
But Evans as the sole reason the team has gone so far off the boil is not convincing, either, which is probably one reason why he wasn’t fired outright. Sabean is likely to undertake a dramatic change beneath him, or at least to bring in a new version of Evans whose skills better match a changing sport, and can buttress Sabean’s gifts.
 
It may simply be a case of reordering what the franchise looks for in a prospect; it may be a renewed interest in power hitters to fit in a park that typically punishes them. The questions far outnumber the answers, and even with a reconstructed starting rotation centered on Madison Bumgarner and Dereck Rodriguez, the Giants are well behind in bullpen and outfield construction, and their once-envied infield strength is now aging and league average.
 
In short, the shakeup Baer advertised has started with Evans, but the best guess from here is that the rest of the changes will range from the physical to the philosophical, and everything will be on the table -- save dynamiting the right field wall.
 
The Giants won early in the decade by working against the conventional math-driven wisdom by using old-school wisdom, but the grain has moved further away from them as time has passed. The A’s are now the prototypical late-teens operation, using power, defense and a deep bullpen to fulfill what their starting pitching cannot. They may be a surprise, but the elements are in place for them to maintain course for several years if they choose.
 
And what the Giants need will not come immediately. Bullpens, outfields and farm systems don’t turn on a dime. It’s been more than a decade since the organization has had to exhibit patience in reconstruction, and the fact that Sabean oversaw that reboot and included Bochy in the blueprint means it can be done again.
 
But their windows may be closing as well, so a five-year-plan probably won’t be mentioned. Indeed, these past three seasons have shown how quickly surprise turnarounds can be done. Oakland, Tampa Bay and Atlanta all made swift course corrections, though they chose different methods to get to where they are now.
 
But don’t expect that the Giants will be one of those teams. There is too much to do and too little off-season in which to do it. Evans is being taken out of the firing line, but the shakeup is not going to stop with him. It’s just a matter of how you choose to define “shakeup."

Giants fire GM Bobby Evans; Brian Sabean expected to return next year

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Giants fire GM Bobby Evans; Brian Sabean expected to return next year

SAN FRANCISCO -- The planned offseason shakeup at AT&T Park began in a big way Monday.

General manager Bobby Evans was let go, kick-starting what is expected to be a significant shift in the organization's baseball operations department. Evans, who had one year remaining on his contract, was second in command on the baseball ops side to Brian Sabean, who is expected to return for the final year of his contract.

Evans was informed of the decision Monday afternoon. He said he was proud of the work he did to help the Giants win three World Series titles, and appeared to take the news in stride.

“I got designated for assignment,” Evans said. “We’ll see what’s next, what happens on waivers.”

The Giants said in a statement that Evans will be reassigned, with responsibilities to be determined.

“I want to thank Bobby for his tireless work on behalf of the Giants,” president and CEO Larry Baer said in the statement. “He played an important role in our team’s success throughout his tenure, which includes three World Series championships, four NL pennants and eight playoff appearances. We look forward to new leadership to continue our historic record of success.”

Added Sabean in the statement: “I take great pride in the longstanding continuity of our baseball department. I want to express my thanks to Bobby for all he has given to the Giants over the past 25 years and for his countless contributions. I’ll be working closely with with Larry as the organization finds its next leader of baseball operations.”

Evans was in his 25th season with the organization and his fourth as GM. He was just the eighth person to hold that title since the franchise moved to San Francisco, and his tenure was not as successful as his run as assistant GM. Evans had his hand all over the building of a dynasty, and he had significant power in personnel decisions even before he took over as GM in 2015. From that point on, the moves didn't work out nearly as well. 

The Giants have made a series of high-profile moves since Evans took over and whiffed a high percentage of the time. The $62 million Mark Melancon deal has blown up in the Giants' faces. Johnny Cueto was given $130 million, and while he was a star in his first season, the next two were injury-riddled, and he'll miss all of next season after having Tommy John surgery. The $90 million deal for Jeff Samardzija hasn't worked out as hoped, and he's also currently injured. The Giants had to dump players like Denard Span and Austin Jackson just to clear salary. 

The most notable trade of the Evans tenure was the one for Matt Moore, and the Giants eventually had to dump Moore's salary, too. In addition, they dealt away popular third baseman Matt Duffy, who has had a good year for the Rays and left a hole in the Giants' clubhouse.