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MLB rumors: Matt Joyce traded by Giants after three days with team

MLB rumors: Matt Joyce traded by Giants after three days with team

Matt Joyce was a member of the Giants organization for all of three days. He was acquired just one day after he was released by the Indians -- now he's a member of the Braves, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle's Hank Schulman.

Schulman noted later that Joyce was traded for cash.

Got all of that? That's right, the 11-year veteran outfielder was a member of three different teams in the last week. 

He will be joining the Braves on a minor-league deal. It appears he would have a better shot with the big league club in that organization, but a quick glance of the current Atlanta outfield has the team possibly looking at Joyce as an extra body. Ronald Acuna Jr., Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis make up the outfield, and Joyce is working on having a bounce-back season.

The 34-year-old played in 83 games with the A's last season, boasting a .208/.322/.353 line with seven home runs and 15 RBI.

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The Giants recently released veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin. This creates more space ... but for who?

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How former top prospect Bartolo Colon almost became a Giant in 1996


How former top prospect Bartolo Colon almost became a Giant in 1996

From 1997 through 2002, Bartolo Colon won 85 games for Cleveland and helped the Indians reach the playoffs four times during that span.

Now, imagine if Colon had been pitching for the Giants during those six seasons.

It almost happened, according to a story published by The Athletic on Tuesday.

The story, written by Andrew Baggarly, chronicles the Giants’ trade of All-Star third baseman Matt Williams to Cleveland in 1996.

Then-new GM Brian Sabean, assistant GM Ned Colletti and special advisor to the GM Dick Tidrow were negotiating the controversial trade with the Indians’ GM at the time, John Hart.

The two sides met at the 1996 GM meetings in Phoenix and started discussing the package that would come back to San Francisco.

According to all parties involved, shortstop Jose Vizcaino was the first player they agreed to. Then the Giants asked for Jeff Kent, which Cleveland agreed to.

That’s where Colon comes in. According to Hart, the Giants asked for the 23-year-old pitching prospect.

Colon hadn’t yet reached the big leagues, but in 21 games between Double-A and Triple-A in 1996, he posted a 2.57 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 77 innings.

The Giants and Indians settled on reliever Julian Tavarez as the third player the Giants would get back for Williams, and the Giants made Cleveland include $1 million in the deal.

The team would later swap players to be named later (pitcher Joe Roa to the Giants, outfielder Trinidad Hubbard to the Indians).

Colon may not have come to San Francisco in 1996, but there’s a chance for the Giants to right a wrong this winter … sign 45-year-old free agent Bartolo Colon.

Report: A's believed Astros were stealing signs during late August game


Report: A's believed Astros were stealing signs during late August game

The Houston Astros reportedly are in hot water over accusations of stolen signs, two months after the A's first noticed a separate suspicious incident. 

Sources told Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan that during a Houston-Oakland game in late August:

A’s players noticed Astros players clapping in the dugout before pitches and believed they were relaying stolen signs to pitchers in the batter’s box, sources said. The A’s called the league, which said it would investigate the matter. It’s unclear what the result of the investigation was or whether it remains ongoing.

On Saturday, Fenway Park security kicked out a man who claimed to be working for the defending World Series champions during the third inning of Game 1 of the ALCS, Boston Metro reported Tuesday. That man was Kyle McLaughlin, according to Yahoo Sports, and the site obtained a picture showing him pointing his cell phone into the Cleveland Indians' dugout during the ALDS. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost to Houston in Game 7 of the World Series a year ago, believed the Astros stole signs during the Fall Classic, according to Passan. Two MLB players said they've seen Houston players hitting a trash can in the dugout during games, and believe it's a method of passing on pitchers' signals, the report said. 

Passan did not identify the A's-Astros game in question, but the A's played the Astros in a three-game set on Aug. 27-29. Houston won two out of three, including an 11-4 rout in the series opener. 

MLB told Metro that "We are aware of the matter, and it will be handled internally."