Marlins vs. Giants lineups: Stephen Vogt playing left field in opener


Marlins vs. Giants lineups: Stephen Vogt playing left field in opener

For the first time since Aug. 6, Stephen Vogt will patrol left field.

With Jaylin Davis nursing a left wrist contusion, Giants manager Bruce Bochy has shifted Mike Yastrzemski to right field. Vogt will bat fourth in the series opener against the Miami Marlins at Oracle Park on Friday.

After batting second on Thursday, Buster Posey has been moved down to sixth in the order.

Coverage begins with Giants Pregame Live at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the My Teams app.

Here are the lineups for Friday night's Giants-Marlins game.

Miami Marlins (51-95)
SS Miguel Rojas
CF Magneuris Sierra
RF Garrett Cooper
3B Starlin Castro
1B Neil Walker
2B Isan Diaz
C Jorge Alfaro
LF Jon Berti
RHP Sandy Alcantara (5-12, 4.04 ERA)

San Francisco Giants (70-77)
RF Mike Yastrzemski
1B Brandon Belt
3B Evan Longoria
LF Stephen Vogt
CF Kevin Pillar
C Buster Posey
SS Brandon Crawford
2B Mauricio Dubon
RHP Tyler Beede (4-9, 5.33 ERA)

Madison Bumgarner turns down Giants' qualifying offer


Madison Bumgarner turns down Giants' qualifying offer

SAN FRANCISCO -- As the trade deadline approached and the Giants started to get a little frisky on the field, there was some talk around the game that Madison Bumgarner would be better off getting traded regardless of what the team's record was, eliminating the chance that he would be saddled with a qualifying offer. 

Asked about that possibility, Bumgarner gave the kind of look you would expect to be reserved for Joe West. He was never concerned about a diminished market or sitting out half a season like Dallas Keuchel. Bumgarner has always believed the right options will be there in free agency, and now he'll get to test them out. 

Bumgarner officially declined the $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Giants on Thursday, joining eight of the 10 big leaguers who had a decision to make. The Twins' Jake Odorizzi and White Sox Jose Abreu decided to take the money upfront and try again in free agency next year. 

Bumgarner's agents have already spoken to interested teams, and they know what's out there. The left-hander does not plan to pull a Keuchel, and there's already reported interest from the likes of the Yankees, Padres and Phillies. The Braves, who signed Will Smith on Thursday, are also expected to make a run at Bumgarner, who is from nearby North Carolina. 

Then there are the Giants, who would recoup two top 100 draft picks if Bumgarner joins Will Smith in leaving the organization. Management has kept quiet about the offseason intentions, but there's a chance that Bumgarner circles back at some point over the next month to see if a deal can be struck. He has shown interest in coming back to San Francisco, but he's also eager to see what's out there in free agency. 

Analysis: How the Will Smith deal impacts Giants' future


Analysis: How the Will Smith deal impacts Giants' future

SAN FRANCISCO -- So much of the talk in recent weeks has been about Madison Bumgarner heading home to play for the Atlanta Braves. But Bumgarner, from nearby North Carolina, wasn't the marquee Giants free agent who truly had strong connections to Atlanta. 

Closer Will Smith is from the Georgia area and spends his offseasons in Atlanta, where he lives and dies -- usually the latter -- with his beloved Falcons. Smith had hoped for an opportunity to go back home as a free agent, but more than that, he wanted a chance to play for a contender.

On Thursday, he found his perfect situation. 

A free agent for the first time, Smith turned down the Giants' $17.8 million qualifying offer and instead signed a three-year deal with the NL East-champion Braves that guarantees him $39 million and includes a club option that could make it a $52 million deal. 

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Smith's agent, Jeff Berry of CAA, told teams that Smith would sign the one-year qualifying offer with the Giants if they did not come up better offers by Thursday's 2 p.m. ET deadline to accept or decline. The Braves took him up on it, announcing the deal 19 minutes before the deadline.

For Smith, an All-Star closer and very popular Giant, this is the best possible outcome. For the Giants, there are pluses and minuses. 

Given their situation, the Giants were unlikely to pay that much for a closer in free agency, so Farhan Zaidi took a risk and put the QO on Smith. While $17.8 million would be a lot for a reliever, Zaidi knew that it was not far from the average annual salary you would expect to pay for a high-end free agent closer. He would have been fine with paying Smith that much for one year, knowing that he could try to trade him again in July, and that the ninth inning would be taken care of in the meantime. 

That leads to the downside here. The current closer is ... Tony Watson? Maybe Shaun Anderson? What was one of the best bullpens in the National League in the first half of 2019 has been decimated, with Mark Melancon and Sam Dyson being traded in July, Smith leaving as a free agent, and Reyes Moronta having shoulder surgery.

Looked at individually, those moves have worked out well. The Giants somehow got out from under Melancon's contract and Dyson, once viewed as the 2020 backup plan if Smith left in the offseason, had his own shoulder surgery. The Giants were likely to lose Smith all along, and because of the risk Zaidi took, they'll now get a compensatory draft pick somewhere around the 80th pick in next June's draft, along with excess pool money. 

But grouped together, all these moves have left the new-look front office with some serious lifting to do. They basically have to build an entire bullpen for Gabe Kapler, who didn't get rave reviews for the way he handled that part of the game in Philadelphia. Kapler has vowed to be better the second time around, but he certainly won't be starting out with an experienced group of relievers. 

This is a hit to the 2020 Giants' chances and a hit to the clubhouse. Smith, a Willie Mac Award winner, was well-liked by staffers, coaches and teammates and took young relievers under his wing. He was as dependable as it got in the ninth inning, eliminating the "torture" that's become so infamous at Oracle Park. 

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But it's a hit the Giants expected, and one that was probably unavoidable. Privately, Smith always wanted to head back home. He is desperate to wipe away the sour memories of the 2016 NLDS, his lone postseason experience.

He should get a chance to do it in 2020, playing in front of family members and friends.