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MLB rumors: Cameron Maybin, Giants finalizing minor-league contract

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MLB rumors: Cameron Maybin, Giants finalizing minor-league contract

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — One day before position players report to camp, the Giants have added yet another one.

The club is finalizing a minor-league contract with veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to The Athletic.

Maybin, 31, would be the second outfielder with big-league experience to join the mix this week. The Giants signed Gerardo Parra earlier in the week, and also added Yangervis Solarte, Stephen Vogt and Rene Rivera in recent days.

Maybin joins an outfield competition short on big-league experience. The Giants have been looking for a right-handed complement to Steven Duggar, and Maybin could be a fit there, albeit an imperfect one. 

Maybin has a .660 OPS against left-handers in his career and had more success against right-handers last season while playing for the Marlins and the Mariners. He is, however, a strong defender in center, and provides some insurance in case Duggar is slowed. The Giants lack center field depth, with Rule 5 pick Drew Ferguson and Parra currently behind Duggar.

Maybin figures to be one of the last non-roster additions. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Friday that he doesn’t want to add too much more because he wants young players to have a realistic shot and veterans to get the opportunity that was promised.

As for the elephant in the room, Maybin doesn’t impact the Bryce Harper talks at all. The Giants planned to add two veteran outfielders long before they jumped back in on Harper. If he decides to come to San Francisco, no move that’s made this month will get in the way of that.

Giants board up Oracle Park ahead of George Floyd protests in San Francisco

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Giants board up Oracle Park ahead of George Floyd protests in San Francisco

With protests taking place throughout the Bay Area, the Giants have taken a step to protect their ballpark.

Photos surfaced on social media of Oracle Park windows boarded up.

Protests around the country began in recent days following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota last Monday.

San Francisco has implemented a curfew beginning at 8 p.m. PT on Monday that lasts until 5 a.m. PT on Tuesday.

The Giants have yet to use Oracle Park this year, as the 2020 MLB season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Last week, San Francisco mayor London Breed announced that the city is targeting June 15 for Phase 2 of the reopening plan to go into effect. At that point, professional sports teams could be allowed to start training at their facility.

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Imagining best opponents for Barry Bonds in hypothetical Home Run Derby

Imagining best opponents for Barry Bonds in hypothetical Home Run Derby

There might not be a more perfect candidate for an all-time MLB Home Run Derby than former Giants legend Barry Bonds. His 756 home runs are the most in baseball history, and no single player’s power has been as intimidating as Bonds was in his heyday.

MLB.com recently came up with a hypothetical matchup for Bonds in their “#WhatIf Derby” series, choosing Los Angeles Dodgers star and 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger.

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It’s safe to say fans clearly favor one side in this showdown of sluggers.

Bellinger’s power is no joke, but he doesn’t hold a candle to Bonds’ prowess at the plate. 

This got us thinking, who would make the most formidable foe for Bonds in an imaginary home run derby?

Sticking with current players, there are plenty of viable candidates to challenge Bonds in a home run-hitting duel.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. put on an absolute show in last year’s derby, smashing a ridiculous 40 home runs to overtake Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson in the second round. Guerrero Jr.’s dad famously won the 2007 derby at Oracle Park while playing with the Los Angeles Angels.

Another player who, if fully healthy, could give Bonds a run for his money is New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton. While he’s battled injuries in recent years, Stanton’s raw power and force he puts into each swing doesn’t have many parallels in any era of MLB.

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Completing the ideal foursome of participants would be Stanton’s New York teammate in outfielder Aaron Judge. The Fresno State product won the 2017 derby in an effort that included four home runs traveling further than 500 feet.

These four sluggers together all in their prime competing in one home run derby would be an unreal scene. There aren’t many in today’s game who even come close to Bonds’ strength in the box, but Guerrero Jr., Stanton and Judge are about as close as it gets.