Giants release Jarrett Parker


Giants release Jarrett Parker

LOS ANGELES -- The end of Jarrett Parker's run on the 40-man roster was also the end of his time in the Giants organization.

Parker cleared waivers and was released, general manager Bobby Evans said. He is currently a free agent. Parker entered the spring with no minor league options remaining and was designated for assignment after he was told he would not make the team. The Giants also have a packed outfield at Triple-A -- Steven Duggar, Mac Williamson, Chris Shaw, Austin Slater -- so they chose to let Parker look for other opportunities.

The 29-year-old was supposed to have a shot at winning the left field job a year ago but a broken clavicle destroyed his season. In 135 career games with the Giants, Parker hit .257 with 15 homers.

--- Bochy announced that Ty Blach will also start the home opener. The Giants will use a four-man rotation until April 10. Blach threw five shutout innings in Thursday's season-opener.

--- Jeff Samardzija played catch at 90 feet and felt good. Bochy could not say yet when Samardzija (pectoral strain) will get back on the mound. The initial timeframe was three to four weeks.

--- Tony Watson won't be a left-on-left lefty. Bochy let him face Yasiel Puig on Thursday (he struck him out) and said for the most part Watson will get the full eighth. Cory Gearrin is the one back-end reliever who may see more of a matchup role.

--- The Giants never had an issue with the new mound visit rule in the opener. They had two left, and that was after Posey visited Gearrin twice and Strickland once late in the game.

"We're not going to really pay much attention to it until we have a couple (visits) left," Bochy said.

It's easy to keep track. Visits are listed on the scoreboard at Dodger Stadium.

--- Gregor Blanco will start in center field on Saturday against Kenta Maeda. Playing time will be bit harder to come by for other backups because of the early off days, but Bochy may play Nick Hundley against lefty Rich Hill on Sunday. Hundley had a big spring. 

--- Bochy on having Blanco and Pablo Sandoval back on his bench: "They bring passion for the game and energy. They're keeping it loose. They're both great in the dugout."

Giants CEO Larry Baer won't face criminal charges over incident with wife


Giants CEO Larry Baer won't face criminal charges over incident with wife

The San Francisco district attorney's office announced Tuesday that it has decided not to charge Giants CEO Larry Baer in relation to the March 1 incident with his wife, Pam.

"After a careful review of the relevant evidence, including multiple videos, statements from several witnesses and the parties themselves, the evidence does not support filing criminal charges," Alex Bastian, a district attorney’s office spokesman, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Giants said March 4 that Baer was stepping away from day-to-day operations of the Giants. MLB said on the day of the incident that it was “aware of the incident and, just like any other situation like this, will immediately begin to gather the facts. We will have no further comment until this process is completed."

Giants' new role players must step up for team to have successful 2019

Giants' new role players must step up for team to have successful 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- Before you start reading this, knock on wood a couple dozen times. 

The Giants have stayed healthy this spring, and that's the first step towards being better than they were the last two years. 

But that could change at any moment. After all, Madison Bumgarner got hurt in his final start last spring. Whether it's next week or next month, the Giants will need to start dipping into their depth, and while this has been a remarkably quiet offseason, they have done a decent job of upgrading the back ends of the active and 40-man rosters. 

The 2018 Giants were bad, but the 2018 Sacramento River Cats were also bad, which gave the big league club little hope of finding adequate replacements when injuries popped up, or regulars became ineffective. 

That's one area where this year's team should be better, and if you're looking for a way Farhan Zaidi can automatically pick up a few wins in Year 1, look no further than last year's roster. This is some of what he has had to replace:

Gorkys Hernandez: Despite the homers, he had a .656 OPS in 451 plate appearances
Hunter Pence: He is beloved, but posted a .226/.258/.332 line in 248 plate appearances
Gregor Blanco: Also a #ForeverGiant, but he hit .217/.262/.317 in 203 plate appearances 
Austin Jackson: Had a .604 OPS in 59 games before he was salary-dumped
Kelby Tomlinson: Great dude, fan favorite ... slugged .264 in 152 plate appearances
Chase d'Arnaud: Great dude, great with fans ... had a .618 OPS in 100 plate appearances

The pitching staff was better, but the Giants still had a lot of appearances Zaidi believes can be more effectively replaced. Notably, Hunter Strickland, who was non-tendered, had a 3.97 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 49 appearances and Pierce Johnson had a 5.56 ERA in 37 appearances. This year's bullpen is deeper and the rotation is deep enough that Andrew Suarez won't be in it to start the year. 

Of all the players listed above, Hernandez (0.5) was the only one with a positive WAR. The rest combined for negative four Wins Above Replacement.  

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Will Yangervis Solarte make better use of those spare infield at-bats? Will Travis Bergen or Trevor Gott be better than the relievers who were let go? Will Mac Williamson, Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin greatly outperform Hernandez, Pence and Blanco? 

We'll see, but the standard set in 2018 was not at all a high one, and improvement from the complementary pieces on this year's roster would help the Giants inch a bit closer to meaningful September baseball.