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Giants manager Gabe Kapler describes 'problem solving' in 2015 blog post

Giants manager Gabe Kapler describes 'problem solving' in 2015 blog post

A new era of Giants baseball began to take shape when they hired Farhan Zaidi away from the rival Dodgers before the 2019 season and named him their president of baseball operations. A chapter of the team's history closed with manager Bruce Bochy's retirement at the end of the 2019 season, and a new, controversial one began Tuesday by hiring Gabe Kapler as Bochy's successor. 

Kapler seems about as opposite of Bochy as one could imagine. He nearly is 20 years younger than the future Hall of Famer, is obsessed with physical fitness and sabermetrics, doesn't know how to eat ice cream and surely doesn't share Bochy's love of wine. He also blogs. 

The Giants' newest manager has a blog called "Kap Lifestyle" where he has written about his lifting routine, family, general thoughts on life and much more. In August 2015, he wrote a post titled "Problem Solving" which came with interesting timing.

Along with praising his son for frying eggs late at night instead of eating Rocky Road ice cream, here are two snippets from the post. 

Kapler's problem solving, however, has been called into question based on his actions a few months prior to writing that blog post.

The Washington Post reported in February a story of Kapler's mishandling of assault allegations from a 17-year-old girl against Dodgers minor leaguers that occurred in February 2015, when Kapler was the team's director of player development. According to a police report obtained by the Post, Kapler did not notify police right away. Instead, after receiving emails from both the girl and her grandmother, Kapler suggested to the grandmother a dinner arrangement with him, the two players and the teenage girl. 

“This dinner is our initiative,” Kapler said in an email after the grandmother let him know the girl had no interest in such dinner. “We will ensure [the girl’s] safety. We believe we can teach valuable lessons to all involved through this method of follow up.”

Zaidi, who was the Dodgers' general manager at the time, addressed Kapler's handling of the sexual assault allegations in a conference call with reporters Tuesday night after Kapler's hiring. Zaidi reiterated his statements Wednesday morning on KNBR. 

"He reported the incidents up the chain in baseball operations and we referred him to our legal counsel, which is standard procedure in these types of cases," Zaidi said to KNBR's Brian Murphy. "Our legal counsel in both cases, recommended he contact the victims and ask if they wanted the organization to contact the police or to assist in them going to the police. Those things very clearly happened.

"In both cases, the victims declined to report the incidents to the police, and we respected their wishes."

Zaidi invited questions from Murphy regarding Kapler's character. He also admitted the Dodgers didn't seek advice from "advocates" during the process and "we were just thinking about what we needed to do, rather than what the right thing was."

Kapler will be introduced as the Giants' new manager Wednesday and questions surrounding him and how he handled the allegations will not go away. Nor should they. 

The Giants, Kapler and Zaidi have plenty of questions to be answered now and for the foreseeable future.

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 Wainright 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.

[RELATED: Report: Giants targeted UGA's pitching coach for same role]

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.