MLB free agency: A.J. Pollock's price tag likely too rich for Giants


MLB free agency: A.J. Pollock's price tag likely too rich for Giants

The Giants need a lot of help in the outfield, and there's a pretty good option on the free agent market.

But if history tells us anything, A.J. Pollock will not be coming to San Francisco this winter.

The former Diamondbacks outfielder is reportedly seeking a contract similar to the five-year, $80 million deal Lorenzo Cain signed with the Brewers last winter.

Farhan Zaidi, the Giants' new president of baseball operations, doesn't have a history of giving out that type of contract to free agents.

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In his four years as the general manager of the Dodgers, here are the deals Zaidi gave to free agents that hadn't previously been with Los Angeles:

-- Dec. 11, 2014: RHP Brandon McCarthy, four-year, $48 million (Made 33 appearances over three seasons with Los Angeles before being traded to Atlanta after the 2017 season)

-- Dec. 30, 2015: LHP Scott Kazmir, three-year, $48 million (Pitched one season with the Dodgers, missed the 2017 season with a hip injury and was traded to Atlanta after the season. He was released before the 2018 season)

Now, Zaidi has handed out a few large contracts, but the in each of these cases, the players were re-signing with Los Angeles.

-- Jan. 29, 2016: INF Howie Kendrick, two-year, $20 million

-- Dec. 5, 2016: LHP Rich Hill, three-year, $48 million

-- Dec. 12, 2016: RHP Kenley Jansen, five-year, $80 million

-- Dec. 14, 2016: 3B Justin Turner, four-year, $64 million

While Pollock is talented, he turns 31 on Dec. 5 and is injury-prone, which isn't the type of player the Giants need right now. Since making his major league debut in 2012, Pollock has played more than 100 games four times and has played more than a 115 games just twice in seven seasons.

All of this is to tell you that if you're hoping the Giants sign Pollock, the chances aren't good. It's just not in Zaidi's nature to give that kind of contract to free agent.

Bruce Bochy mixes up Giants pregame routine looking for quicker starts


Bruce Bochy mixes up Giants pregame routine looking for quicker starts

SAN FRANCISCO -- As the Giants filed out of the clubhouse after Tuesday night's boisterous comeback win over the Braves, players saw a clear message on the digital board near the wall.


This is something manager Bruce Bochy talked about in spring training, and he felt it was time for some of his players to take a breather. Too many had been showing up seven hours before a game to get work done, and Bochy wanted guys to clear their heads and get their bodies a couple more hours of rest. 

"It's amazing how much earlier players are getting to the ballpark," Bochy said. "Sometimes you've got to do this to say, hey, it's okay to relax and spend some time with your family and you still have time to get everything done when you get here."

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Bochy was hoping the change would lead to a change in the first inning. The Giants have been outscored 48-8 in the first, and the lineup is batting just .195. Most of the team generally arrives about five hours before first pitch, but most got to the park around 4 p.m. for the 6:45 start Wednesday. 

"Sometimes less is more, you back them off a little bit," Bochy said. "We've been stagnant at the start of games. You try to change it up sometimes and see if that will help."

Giants vs. Braves lineups: Red-hot Max Fried will see seven righties


Giants vs. Braves lineups: Red-hot Max Fried will see seven righties

The Giants can pick up their second straight series win if they take care of one of the better teams in baseball Wednesday night.

After a walk-off win Tuesday night at Oracle Park, San Francisco hosts the Atlanta Braves once again. Jeff Samardzija will square off against Braves southpaw Max Fried. Fried is in the middle of a breakout season, owning a 1.13 WHIP through nine starts in 2019, and the Giants will counter the 25-year-old with seven right-handed hitters.

The Giants, meanwhile, continue to employ a revolving door in left field and will start Mac Williamson there. Since homering in his first game on May 7, Williamson has slashed .114/.205/.143 in 39 plate appearances. 

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First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the MyTeams app.

Here are the lineups for both teams Wednesday night:

San Francisco Giants (21-26)
Donovan Solano, 2B
Tyler Austin, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Buster Posey, C
Kevin Pillar, RF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Mac Williamson, LF
Steven Duggar, CF
Jeff Samardzija, RHP (2-2, 3.69 ERA)

Atlanta Braves (26-23)
Ronald Acuña Jr., CF
Dansby Swanson, SS
Freddie Freeman, 1B
Nick Markakis, RF
Austin Riley, 3B
Brian McCann, C
Ozzie Albies, 2B
Matt Joyce, LF
Max Fried, LHP (6-2, 2.86 ERA)