Report: Marlins would 'likely' accept this Giants trade offer for Stanton


Report: Marlins would 'likely' accept this Giants trade offer for Stanton

On Thursday morning, a report surfaced about Giancarlo Stanton's fear for the Giants' future

But even though Stanton reportedly has not formally told the Marlins he would accept a trade to the Giants, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, both teams are reportedly optimistic a deal would be approved by the NL MVP.

And, it appears a certain packagae of prospects, money and a 2015 All-Star from the Giants to the Marlins can get the trade complete. The Marlins would likely accept a package of Joe Panik plus prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw, along with the Giants eating $250 million of the $295 million left on Stanton's contract. 

Panik hit .288 with 10 home runs in 2017. All 10 of his homers were on the road. The 27-year-old also won a Gold Glove in 2016. 

Beede, 24, was selected No. 14 overall by the Giants in the 2014 MLB Draft. He is considered the Giants' top pitching prospect and went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA in Triple-A this year, though his season was cut short due to a groin injury. 

The Giants took Shaw, 24, No. 31 overall the next year in the 2015 MLB Draft. Shaw led the Giants at all levels with 24 home runs in 2017 between Double-A and Triple-A. He is left fielder converted from first base who is considered the top or near the top hitting prospect for the Giants. 

Stanton's contract runs through 2027, but he has an opt-out clause after the 2020 season.

Astros know Gerrit Cole wants to be 'West Coast guy' in MLB free agency


Astros know Gerrit Cole wants to be 'West Coast guy' in MLB free agency

The Astros are trying to soak in every start Gerrit Cole makes for them. As Houston sits two wins from reaching the World Series, they know their staff ace likely will be pitching for a different team next season. 

Cole is expected to possibly sign a record-breaking contract as a free agent this upcoming offseason. His teammates have an idea of which part of the country he will be packing his bags for, too. 

"We know he wants to be a West Coast guy," Astros outfielder Josh Reddick told Bleacher Report's Scott Miller

Cole, 29, grew up in Southern California and attended UCLA before the Pirates took him with the No. 1 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. Could his future be in Northern California, though? 

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and Cole are brothers-in-law. ESPN's Jeff Passan also listed San Francisco in late August as one of nine destinations that are "positioned and motivated to explore adding Cole."

The three-time All-Star also told Miller that he has been to six or seven Giants postseason games in the past, including taking his grandfather to two of their World Series games in 2012.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has some big decisions to make regarding the roster this offseason. Longtime ace Madison Bumgarner will be a free agent, but Cole certainly would be an upgrade. The right-hander is a front-runner to win the AL Cy Young award this year after going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts over 212 1/3 innings. 

But Cole could be in line to sign a contract worth well over $200 million this winter. 

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The Giants rode star pitchers like Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain to three championships this decade. Adding Cole to start off the next decade could be the perfect addition. A healthy Johnny Cueto is returning to San Francisco's rotation next season, along with Jeff Samardzija -- whose 3.52 ERA this year was his lowest since 2014. 

San Francisco will have plenty of competition if they do pursue Cole, especially from Southern California teams in the Angels and Dodgers. He certainly will be sought after from the Bay Area to Los Angeles and beyond.

Joe Maddon agrees to three-year contract to be Angels' next manager

Joe Maddon agrees to three-year contract to be Angels' next manager

Joe Maddon quickly found a new home. The former Cubs manager has agreed to be the next manager of the Angels, the team announced Wednesday. 

ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reported Wednesday that Maddon's contract with the Angels is a three-year deal worth between $12-15 million. 

Maddon, a three-time Manager of the Year, seemed like he could never leave Chicago after leading the Cubs to their first World Series title in 2016, breaking a 108-year drought. But the Cubs did not renew Maddon's contract at the end of September after they failed to make the playoffs. 

Speculation quickly arose that Maddon could be a possible replacement for the retiring Bruce Bochy as the Giants' next manager. But as soon as those rumors swirled, it became clear he had his eyes on Mike Trout and the Halos. 

This isn't Maddon's first time with the Angels, either. He spent four seasons in the minors with the organization as a catcher and began his coaching career with them in 1979. He joined the Angels' major league staff in 1994 and was twice the team's interim manager. 

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Maddon has a career regular-season record of 1,252-1,068 as a manager between the Angels, Rays and Cubs. He also has gone 32-35 in the playoffs. 

This crosses one big name off the market among potential candidates for the Giants, as president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and the rest of the front office continues their search for a new manager in San Francisco.