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Why Giants' Tyler Beede viewed rookie season as promising career start

Why Giants' Tyler Beede viewed rookie season as promising career start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tyler Beede's final act as a Giant in 2019 was a disappointing one. The rookie right-hander walked off the field with a trainer on Sept. 26 after his oblique flared up, ending his season. 

The record books say Beede's rookie season was a struggle. He finished with a 5.08 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 24 appearances, 22 of which were starts. But if you dig into the game logs, you see why the Giants are so excited by what they saw from Beede in 2019, and why they stuck with him throughout the second half and plan to have him in their rotation next season. 

Beede had a few rough ones that wrecked his ERA, but he also had eight starts in which he allowed one run or none. There were some serious gems mixed in, including eight shutout innings against Jacob deGrom and the Mets where Beede became just the fourth Giant in the last 30 years to throw eight innings in fewer than 90 pitches. About three weeks before that start, Beede allowed one run over seven innings in San Diego just three days after his stepfather passed away. 

Those starts both came in July, but it was the one in late September that had the promise to be the best start of Beede's career. He struck out seven Rockies in 3 1/3 no-hit innings before getting hurt. 

So, overall, was it a good season or bad one for Beede? He answered that question on this week's Giants Insider Podcast

"You can look at it so many different ways," Beede said. "Numbers are numbers, but overall, the big picture, it's for me a super-successful year. Just being able to not only have 31 starts, but the majority of them up here in the big leagues -- a lot of successful starts, a lot of good learning experiences, and a lot of things to improve on. But the progress I made this year compared to last year, it's pretty incredible.

"I'm proud of the progress that I made and knowing the progress that I made this year, it only motivates me to continue to improve and build on this year and be ready to go next year."

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A year ago, Beede was coming off a season where he disappointed when given a big league chance and was moved to the bullpen in Triple-A. But in that final start this September, he found a huge building block for the future. The Giants slightly altered Beede's approach down the stretch, and he said that against the Rockies he focused on pitching up and down in the zone with his fastball and playing his big curveball off of that. When those two are working, he can mix in a good changeup and slider that he brought back out of the bag during the summer. 

If Beede can put it all together, he has the stuff to be a frontline starter. That's why the Giants stuck with him through the down times, and he discussed that -- along with more from his rookie season and his offseason plans -- on the podcast. You can stream it here or download it on iTunes here.

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.