Giants react to Manny Machado reportedly agreeing to contract with Padres

Giants react to Manny Machado reportedly agreeing to contract with Padres

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Five minutes after the Giants took the field on Tuesday morning, their path to the postseason in 2019 got a bit steeper, as the news leaked out that the San Diego Padres were reportedly adding Manny Machado. 

Machado will reportedly get $300 million over 10 years, adding a superstar to an organization that has the best farm system in the majors and is expected to jump back into contention as soon as next year. 

The first reaction from one Giants person on the field was to mutter, "Wow, really?"

The second reaction: "What will Harper get now?"

Harper figures to easily get more than $300 million now after a winter spent wondering which superstar would snag the record deal. The Giants have been involved, but not nearly at that level. If they feel pressure to counteract the move from a division rival, it hasn't shown. At a media event for managers and team executives, Farhan Zaidi said he doesn't feel he must keep up when a team in the division strikes like the Padres did.

"I don't think it really changes how we're viewing our team and what we might still do to it, especially when you start talking about the context of a move that might not be just about 2019, but might be a move that impacts your roster five years or 10 years out," Zaidi said. "You want to make sure you're making the right decision for your organization and not doing it in a reactionary way."

It would be a stunner if the Giants went anywhere near those kinds of figures in their bid to get Harper, but they continue to look at free agent and trade options, Zaidi said. The projection systems had them about on par with the Padres before the Machado move, but this certainly shakes it up. 

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The Dodgers remain the clear favorite in the NL West and the Rockies have been far ahead of the Giants the last couple of years. But the Padres could soon be a problem. At the very least, Tuesday’s move signaled a desire to accelerate their rebuild. 

"He's like Harper -- they're great players and they're going to sign somewhere," manager Bruce Bochy said of Machado. "He's going to make them a better team. I think any time you get an impact player like that signing with a team in your division, sure, no question, it makes them tougher. Those guys are difference-makers."

How Giants rookie Logan Webb impressed Mike Krukow in his MLB debut

How Giants rookie Logan Webb impressed Mike Krukow in his MLB debut

Giants rookie Logan Webb stepped on the mound at Chase Field in his MLB debut Saturday night and threw three straight balls before allowing a leadoff single to Jarrod Dyson. 

That was the start to an inning that could have spiraled out of control for San Francisco's top pitching prospect. Instead, he allowed just one earned run -- another scored on an Evan Longoria error -- but Webb refused to show any signs of frustration. 

“He had an opportunity to completely let that go awry in the first inning and he didn’t, he pitched through an error, he minimized the damage," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow said Monday on KNBR. "... He came out in the bottom half of the second inning and just goes bang, bang, bang. Shutdown inning. Gets his team back in the dugout and he had two or three times he could have peed down his leg and he didn’t.”

Krukow also noted that Webb had to battle a tight strike zone in his first taste of the big leagues. The rookie only showed one instance where it affected him -- that harrowing first inning -- but didn't let it snowball. 

Webb struck out seven batters and didn't give up another run after the first inning, earning the win in his first major league start. The Giants have shuffled through multiple young pitchers this season, but none have impressed Krukow like Webb did. 

"I thought that this guy showed better than Beede has in his last four or five starts. I thought he showed better than Menez showed in his starts," Krukow said. "I didn’t think that this guy let the situation get out of hand, and again this was his first big league start.”

The Giants designated Travis Bergen for assignment Sunday, keeping Webb on the big league roster. His next start should come sometime this week against the A's with the Bay Bridge Series moving to Oakland. 

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"I really can't wait for it," Krukow said on Webb's next start. "I think he's that type of guy. He's got a football background. He was a quarterback. And he has that mentality where he just charges. And I love the fact that he handled the adrenaline." 

Webb, who actually grew up an A's fan in Rocklin, will feel plenty of adrenaline in his next start as well. If Sunday was any indication, however, he knows exactly how to find his groove.

When will Giants call up red-hot Triple-A power prospect Jaylin Davis?

When will Giants call up red-hot Triple-A power prospect Jaylin Davis?

SAN FRANCISCO -- There's never a bad time to hit five homers in two games, but Jaylin Davis might wish he had been around the Giants organization in April or May. A tear like that would get any player a look back then, and Mike Gerber and Mac Williamson were among the outfielders who got a call to the big leagues after getting hot in Triple-A. 

But the Giants are in a much different place a few months later, with no vacancy in the outfield. Kevin Pillar starts every day, Mike Yastrzemski is the new leadoff hitter, Alex Dickerson hits in the middle of the order when his health allows it and Austin Slater has done a good job filling in the gaps. 

That has left little space for a new outfielder, although Davis' absurd numbers since coming over at the trade deadline have certainly opened eyes. 

"We definitely see what Davis is going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday. "It's exciting seeing how he's playing and how he's driving the ball, but the guys (here) are doing a pretty good job right now."

Under Farhan Zaidi, the Giants have made decisions and roster moves quickly. But there were no plans as of Sunday for Davis to get added to the big league roster anytime soon, even though a 40-man spot opened up when Travis Bergen was designated for assignment. 

The Giants feel like they're just fine in the outfield and need the depth in their bullpen and infield for now. But if Davis keeps hitting like this, he'll get his promotion soon enough. 

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The 25-year-old, picked up from the Twins in the Sam Dyson trade, homered six times in three games in Reno, which is admittedly a launching pad for Triple-A hitters. He's batting .404 in 14 games for the River Cats with a .500 on-base percentage, eight homers and five doubles. In 113 games for three different affiliates this season, Davis has 33 homers. 

A few more homers, or a change in thinking regarding the big league roster, could get him his shot. But for now Davis looks like more of a September addition. The Giants are preparing to add a significant number of players to the clubhouse when rosters expand in 13 days.