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Would Giants ever trade for Yasiel Puig? 'Hell no,' Mike Krukow says

Would Giants ever trade for Yasiel Puig? 'Hell no,' Mike Krukow says

The Giants are in search of outfielders this offseason. The Dodgers have a surplus of outfielders and could look to trade one.

So, could Yasiel Puig be on the move from Los Angeles to San Francisco? The case was made Tuesday for why the Giants should pursue a potential trade.

On Tuesday afternoon, NBC Sports Bay Area caught up with Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow to get his thoughts on all things Puig.

"If Puig came in and had a good year, I think he would definitely win the hearts of the Bay Area," Krukow said during a phone interview. "It would be wonderful to see the Giants win a division and have one of the major contributors be Puig and beat the Dodgers on the last day. I could sit here and paint a scenario for you that would be quite golden. But bottom line, do I think it will ever happen? Hell no."

The chances of the bitter NL West rivals making the trade are slim, but with former Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi running the show in San Francisco, anything is possible.

Even though Krukow doesn't believe a trade will go down, if it were to occur, he'd want to see it happen soon.

"I think if it ever indeed happens, I hope it happens during the tenure of Madison Bumgarner," Krukow said. "And they could locker next to each other. I think that would be fitting."

Bumgarner and Puig have had a long history of heated kerfuffles. The Giants ace doesn't like it when Puig shows emotion on the field. But Krukow believes the two could co-exist if forced to be teammates.

"It happens when you are in this game long enough. You're going to play with a guy you didn't necessarily like when you played against him," Krukow said. "But one thing that Madison Bumgarner likes is guys that win, guys that prepare, guys that come and play hard. And if this guy came in and showed those tendencies and played hard, I don't think anyone in that clubhouse would have a problem with him.

"Bottom line is, if he helps you win, and you win, you're going to love him."

Following the 2017 season, after Puig hit a career-high 28 home runs, Krukow had this to say about Puig on the Giants.

"I'd have said I don't want him to come near the Giants organization," Krukow told KNBR 680. "But I think now I'd love to have him in the organization because of what we saw last year."

The Giants want to win badly. They want to get back to their championship ways. They want to dethrone the Dodgers from their six-year perch atop the NL West. Should they look into Puig? As Zaidi said during his introductory press conference in relation to a possible Bumgarner trade, "everything has to be on the table in terms of how we move this team and roster forward.”

So, Giants fans, maybe that means Puig in Orange and Black.

Giants' minor league affiliate will allow fans to rent stadium on Airbnb

Giants' minor league affiliate will allow fans to rent stadium on Airbnb

Have you ever wanted to field grounders on the same patch of dirt as Brandon Crawford? Or hit in the cage that Buster Posey has used to hone his swing? If you have a little disposable income, and an easy way to get to Oregon this summer, a Giants minor league affiliate is trying to make those dreams come true. 

With the minor league season almost certainly canceled, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes found a creative way to make use of their stadium in Keizer, Oregon, a small town south of Portland. They listed it on Airbnb. 

For $1,000 a night, individuals or groups can stay in the ballpark of the short-season affiliate that was home to Posey and Crawford in 2008, Tim Lincecum in 2006, and more than 100 other big leaguers over the years. Last year, Hunter Bishop and Marco Luciano were among the prospects who spent time in Salem-Keizer. 

The listing says you'll have full access to the clubhouse and training facility, which includes four indoor cages and pitching machines. You will also have use of the field and batting practice can be set up. The Volcanoes offered to supply cots for overnight guests, or you can bring sleeping bags to set up somewhere in the ballpark. Oh, and this is important: The park has WiFi. 

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The Volcanoes are offering dates throughout the summer with the caveat that bookings could be impacted by games. That's extremely unlikely, though. MLB organizations do not expect to hold a normal minor league season, and the Volcanoes are also unfortunately at risk if MLB follows through with a plan to cut 42 minor league teams permanently. 

Giants scout compared Mark McGwire to better Dave Kingman as prospect

Giants scout compared Mark McGwire to better Dave Kingman as prospect

It was clear when watching Mark McGwire at USC that he was set for stardom in the big leagues. McGwire was an eighth-round pick in high school but then dominated for the Trojans. 

When Giants scout George Genovese saw McGwire play in March of 1984, he was blown away.

"This boy has outstanding power," Genovese wrote in his official scouting report. "... I feel he will be a good power hitter as he makes good contact and hits to all field with power. He is a tough out at the plate and it takes a good curve ball or excellent pitch to get him out." 

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As MLB.com's Matt Kelly notes, Genovese even saw a better version of a former No. 1 overall pick -- Dave Kingman -- in a young McGwire.

"As much power and better contact at the plate than Dave Kingman," Genovese wrote.

McGwire wound up hitting .387 with 32 home runs, 20 doubles and 80 RBI at USC in 1984. And the Giants had a chance to select McGwire with the No. 9 pick in the '84 MLB Draft. Instead, they took outfielder Alan Cockrell, who had nine at-bats in his MLB career and never played for San Francisco.

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The A's grabbed McGwire one pick later at No. 10 overall, and he became an instant star. The powerful first baseman hit a then-rookie record 49 homers for the A's in 1987 on his way to winning AL Rookie of the Year. 

McGwire finished his career with 583 long balls. Kingman, who started his career with the Giants and ended it with the A's, hit 442. And Cockrell had two career hits ... none went over the fence.