Report: Giants still ‘in the mix’ for Yoenis Cespedes


Report: Giants still ‘in the mix’ for Yoenis Cespedes

The Giants have made two big moves this offseason to enhance their starting rotation with the additions of Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. But left field still remains a question mark in the eyes of many. 

Yoenis Cespdes coming back to the Bay, this time with the Orange and Black, would certainly be the biggest splash of San Francisco's offseason. 

The Cuban outfielder's market is starting to take shape and the Giants are still "in the mix" for his services, reports Jesse Sanchez of

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In 2015, the four-year veteran had his best season to date. Between the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets, Cespedes hit .291/.328/.542 with 35 home runs and 105 RBI. 

Cespedes, 30, won the American League Gold Glove and finished 13th in National League MVP voting in 2015. For his career, the powerful righty has slashed .271/.319/.486 with 106 long balls. 

Throughout his career, Cespedes has experience in all three outfield spots. The Giants are locked in right field with Hunter Pence, and Angel Pagan, who turns 35 next season, will be back in center field before he becomes a free agent at the end of 2016. 

Left field is currently a combination of Gregor Blanco, Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson in San Francisco. Cespedes has played 409 career games in left, his most out of all three outfield positions. 

Watch Giants prospect Jacob Heyward get ejected on call by robot umpire


Watch Giants prospect Jacob Heyward get ejected on call by robot umpire

Players getting angry towards an umpire is synonymous with baseball. And during the Arizona Fall League, it's no different ... even if you're arguing with technology.

During a Tuesday fall league game, Giants outfield prospect Jacob Heyward, the younger brother of Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, was ejected after striking out on a call made by a robot umpire:

Looks low and inside, right?

But if you scroll to the next photo of the Instagram post, the pitch tracker shows it was, indeed, a strike. 

So who (or what) was Heyward yelling at if he was unsatisfied with the call? Heyward appears to claim his displeasure wasn't with the home plate umpire -- who simply was relaying the call from a computer system -- but he was ejected nevertheless.

This year, the automated ball-strike system (ABS) has been implemented to use at all games being played at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The independent Atlantic League first tested the technology, which includes a real-life umpire still manning duties behind the plate. The ump receives communications via an earpiece that's connected to an iPhone, and then relays the call from the TrackMan computer system.

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Yes, it's complicated.

Despite Heyward's reaction, the data shows the pitch was a strike. And even if this is the case from now on (MLB will sometimes adopt these "experiments" down the line) the human element of emotions still will always come into play. 

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Royals' Mike Matheny for manager job

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Royals' Mike Matheny for manager job

The carousel continues to turn for the Giants manager job.

Former Giants catcher Mike Matheny has drawn interest from San Francisco for its managerial position,’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

Matheny played his final two MLB seasons with the Giants and retired from baseball in 2007. The four-time Gold Glove winner managed the Cardinals from 2012-18, finishing with 591 wins and 474 losses, good for a .555 winning percentage. 

He has spent the past two seasons with the Kansas City Royals as a special advisor for player development. 

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It is important to note the Giants have not been reported to have reached out to Matheny or brought him in for an interview.

As the process continues, Matheny is not likely to be the last name we hear associated with interviewing to take over for Bruce Bochy in San Francisco.