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When will Giants call up red-hot Triple-A power prospect Jaylin Davis?

When will Giants call up red-hot Triple-A power prospect Jaylin Davis?

SAN FRANCISCO -- There's never a bad time to hit five homers in two games, but Jaylin Davis might wish he had been around the Giants organization in April or May. A tear like that would get any player a look back then, and Mike Gerber and Mac Williamson were among the outfielders who got a call to the big leagues after getting hot in Triple-A. 

But the Giants are in a much different place a few months later, with no vacancy in the outfield. Kevin Pillar starts every day, Mike Yastrzemski is the new leadoff hitter, Alex Dickerson hits in the middle of the order when his health allows it and Austin Slater has done a good job filling in the gaps. 

That has left little space for a new outfielder, although Davis' absurd numbers since coming over at the trade deadline have certainly opened eyes. 

"We definitely see what Davis is going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday. "It's exciting seeing how he's playing and how he's driving the ball, but the guys (here) are doing a pretty good job right now."

Under Farhan Zaidi, the Giants have made decisions and roster moves quickly. But there were no plans as of Sunday for Davis to get added to the big league roster anytime soon, even though a 40-man spot opened up when Travis Bergen was designated for assignment. 

The Giants feel like they're just fine in the outfield and need the depth in their bullpen and infield for now. But if Davis keeps hitting like this, he'll get his promotion soon enough. 

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The 25-year-old, picked up from the Twins in the Sam Dyson trade, homered six times in three games in Reno, which is admittedly a launching pad for Triple-A hitters. He's batting .404 in 14 games for the River Cats with a .500 on-base percentage, eight homers and five doubles. In 113 games for three different affiliates this season, Davis has 33 homers. 

A few more homers, or a change in thinking regarding the big league roster, could get him his shot. But for now Davis looks like more of a September addition. The Giants are preparing to add a significant number of players to the clubhouse when rosters expand in 13 days. 

MLB rumors: Cardinals 'entering the fray' to pursue Madison Bumgarner

MLB rumors: Cardinals 'entering the fray' to pursue Madison Bumgarner

With the Winter Meetings rapidly approaching, MLB free agency is heating up.

One of the top available pitchers -- Madison Bumgarner -- is expected to be in high demand, particularly now that Cole Hamels has signed with the Braves and Zack Wheeler reportedly has agreed to a five-year contract with the Phillies. For teams who scoff at Gerrit Cole's price tag, Bumgarner might be the logical compromise.

The Giants have been "in communication" with Bumgarner, but rumor has it another interested team has entered the mix.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Thursday that the St. Louis Cardinals have been linked to Bumgarner, citing a source.

St. Louis already has brought back veteran Adam Wainwright on a one-year deal, and after he, Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas and Dakota Hudson, there appears to be an opening for Bumgarner in the starting rotation. Signing with the Cardinals would not only allow Bumgarner to continue pitching in the National League, but would also allow him to continue taking his own at-bats, which we know he loves so much. He also has been linked to teams such as the Twins and White Sox, but would forfeit his at-bats to a DH in each of those situations.

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While Bumgarner is expected to receive a contract in excess of $100 million, Feinsand suggests Wheeler's reported $118 million payday might serve to increase the total.

MLB rumors: Yankees make signing free agent Gerrit Cole top priority

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MLB rumors: Yankees make signing free agent Gerrit Cole top priority

Gerrit Cole is far and away the gem of the 2019 MLB free-agent class.

The former Pirates and Astros ace led the American League in both ERA and strikeouts last season and finished just behind teammate Justin Verlander in the AL Cy Young Award race.

The team that historically always has had the deepest pockets in baseball -- the New York Yankees -- have made Cole a priority in free agency, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Thursday, citing a source.

Cole is a Southern California native with familial ties to the Giants, a team that also features one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in the MLB. San Francisco also has been mentioned as a destination for the ace, who reportedly desires a return to the West Coast.

But if the Yankees, who always have jumped to outbid every other team for talent in free agency, decide to back up the proverbial Brinks truck for the 29-year-old, the Giants might be swiftly eliminated from contention for Cole.

Reports indicate that Cole’s price tag will “shatter” the record set by David Price when he signed a $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in 2015.

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While San Francisco has plenty of money to spend this offseason, it likely won’t engage in a bidding war that could approach $300 million.

Even if longtime Giant and current free agent Madison Bumgarner elects to go elsewhere in free agency, it remains to be seen how much money San Francisco would be willing to shell out for an elite talent like Cole in the heart of his prime.