Matt Herges first member of Bruce Bochy's Giants staff to find new job


Matt Herges first member of Bruce Bochy's Giants staff to find new job

SAN FRANCISCO -- As they began the search for a new manager, Giants officials told the members of Bruce Bochy's staff that they were free to look around while they waited for a resolution. One of them quickly found a promotion elsewhere. 

Matt Herges was named the Arizona Diamondbacks' pitching coach on Thursday, officially ending a two-year run as the bullpen coach for the Giants. Herges was a popular member of the staff and briefly served as pitching coach when Curt Young was sidelined by knee surgery this summer. Some within the organization thought he was the most likely member of Bochy's staff to be added to the new manager's staff, but the Diamondbacks provided a step-up for Herges, who lives in Scottsdale and pitched for them in 2005. 

On a conference call, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Herges reached out to him when it became clear that his future in San Francisco was murky. 

"We threw his name right in the ring and kept it there," Lovullo said. "Once we got down to all of our candidates, it was clear that he won the race."

Herges came to San Francisco after seven seasons in the Dodgers organization, where he worked with Farhan Zaidi. Like the rest of the coaching staff, his contract expired at the end of the 2019 season.

A new manager is expected to bring in his own people, for the most part. 

The status of other coaches is unclear at the moment. Ron Wotus and Hensley Meulens interviewed for the managerial opening but Wotus has been told he is out of the running and Meulens is not thought to be a finalist. Young, hitting coaches Alonzo Powell and Rick Schu, and first base coach Jose Alguacil are the other members of Bochy's staff who may be in limbo. 

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There have quietly been other changes as the Giants have looked for new leadership. Alan Zinter, who served as the organization's Assistant Director of Player Development for Offense was named Cincinnati Reds hitting coach, joining David Bell, his former boss. Mark Allen, who was a minor league pitching coordinator, recently took a job as the pitching coach for the University of Illinois. 

Dodgers signing Madison Bumgarner would be 'great,' Clayton Kershaw says

Dodgers signing Madison Bumgarner would be 'great,' Clayton Kershaw says

Despite what Giants fans want to believe, Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw are friends.

Before many Giants-Dodgers games over the years, they could be seen talking on the field, in plain sight of everyone.

So it should come as any surprise that Kershaw would love to have Bumgarner on the Dodgers.

"I love Bum," Kershaw said Friday at a Dodgers holiday event according to Dodgers Nation. "If we signed him, that’d be great."

NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday, citing sources, that the Dodgers and Bumgarner have a mutual interest in a deal.

Bumgarner in Dodger blue is the worst nightmare for Giants fans. But it's a real possibility with Los Angeles missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.

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Kershaw hasn't been able to bring a World Series to Los Angeles on his own, so of course, he would love for a postseason hero to come help him end the Dodgers' title drought.

MLB rumors: Padres 'taking close look' at free agent Madison Bumgarner

MLB rumors: Padres 'taking close look' at free agent Madison Bumgarner

The teams in the NL West appear to really like free agent Madison Bumgarner.

The Padres are the latest team to show interest in the former Giants ace.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Friday night that the Padres are "taking close looks" at Bumgarner and former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.

Bumgarner has been linked to the Dodgers and D-backs this week. The Rockies are the only NL West foe not to be linked to the 2014 World Series MVP. The Angels, in the AL West, reportedly are also pursuing Bumgarner after missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.

With Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Zack Wheeler off the free-agent market, Bumgarner, Keuchel and Hyun-Jin Ryu are the best available arms remaining.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday night, citing sources, that there is mutual interest between Bumgarner and the Dodgers. The Giants are still talking to Bumgarner's representatives, according to Farhan Zaidi.

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Most Giants fans would like to see Bumgarner return to San Francisco. But if he doesn't, they would probably prefer if he leaves the NL West. It would be tough to watch the longtime face of the Giants come back to pitch against his former team multiple times a year.