Hunter Strickland

Hunter Strickland thanks Giants, fans in two lengthy Instagram posts


Hunter Strickland thanks Giants, fans in two lengthy Instagram posts

Hunter Strickland's up-and-down six-year tenure in the Giants' organization came to an end this offseason.

On Nov. 30, 2018, the team non-tendered Strickland, making him a free agent. Now, Strickland has a new home, as he agreed to a deal with the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

On Friday, the 30-year-old Strickland penned a "thank you" note to the Giants and their fans. His note was so thorough that it took two Instagram posts for him to thank everyone.

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Part 1: If you’re not in the mood for a long message then you may want to just scroll on past this. But this is the absolute least I could do to express my gratitude for my time with the @sfgiants . And these words can’t even fully express that! My family and I will forever be grateful. I want to personally say thank you to the Giants organization, ownership, and front office staff for taking that chance on me and for helping me accomplish so many childhood dreams in such a short time frame. I want to thank the coaches and video/analytic guys throughout the minor leagues all the way up to the big leagues! Thank you for investing so much of your time and energy into us players to help us all accomplish what we are all there for in the first place. TO WIN. Thank you to the training staff, PT’s, strength coaches, doctors, nutritionists, chefs, mental skills coaches, and chaplains for going above and beyond to help us be at or get to the best shape physically, mentally, and spiritually we can be at. Thank you to our clubhouse crew, grounds crew, flight crew, maintenance crew, stadium staff, and security teams for working tirelessly to always provide us with the best facilities and far more than any human truly needs. Thank you to the photographers and media crews for being consistent and always capturing every moment. (Good or bad). Thank you for showing up to do your jobs day in and day out. 👈🏻Continued on next post.

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Part 2: Thank you to the @bayareajaf team and winners for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful organization off the field. Thank you to @ucsf Family housing for always having open doors and allowing my family and I an opportunity to come spend time with such wonderful kids. My heart will always be with them! Thank you to all of our fans/supporters! I realize I’ve probably caused some of you to skip a few heartbeats. (Or maybe more than a few) But regardless, thank you for always filling the seats and supporting our team through the ups and the downs. It would not be possible for us to provide for our families by playing this wonderful game if it wasn’t for all of you! Coming out and seeing the excitement on these kids’ faces and the stands full is something in itself! So again, Thank you! And last but not least, thank you to my teammates! These relationships and memories created together is something I will always cherish. No matter what this life throws at us, these are the things that will last forever! Coming to the ballpark every day and traveling the country together with other guys and families that share the same passion you do means more to me than any “worldly” item will ever. Thank you to those guys who always have your back, for those who listen we you need to talk, and more so for the ones that will call you out when you need it most. NOW, the good Lord has closed this chapter in our life and opened a new one! I truly could not be more honored and more excited to go join a new group of guys, families, and Organization. Proud to call the @mariners our new home and cannot wait to get this 2019 season underway!

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Strickland appeared in 253 games with the Giants and posted a 2.91 ERA. In 2018, he was installed as the closer and converted a career-high 14 saves.

Good luck to Hunter and his family in Seattle.

MLB rumors: Ex-Giants closer Hunter Strickland, Mariners agree to contract

MLB rumors: Ex-Giants closer Hunter Strickland, Mariners agree to contract

Hunter Strickland has a new home. 

The former Giants closer has agreed to a deal with the Mariners, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Though it's a one-year deal, Rosenthal notes Strickland could remain with the Mariners for three more seasons through arbitration. 

Strickland was non-tendered by the Giants in November. He went 2-5 with a 3.97 ERA and 14 saves last season while appearing in 49 games. The biggest headline Strickland made in 2018, however, was off the field. 

After blowing a two-run lead to the lowly Marlins on June 18, Strickland punched a door and fractured his throwing hand. He missed two months due to the injury.

The real news from Strickland going to Seattle is we can cross the Mariners off the list of teams Bryce Harper could join.

Where are they now? Former Giants have found new homes for 2019


Where are they now? Former Giants have found new homes for 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- The main pieces of the Giants roster -- the lineup, rotation, back end of the bullpen -- currently look just about exactly the same as they did in 2018, but Farhan Zaidi has been somewhat busy working on the back end. 

When the Giants break camp in a little over two months, they expect to have a different look on their bench and quite a few new names on the 40-man roster. Some players who saw hundreds of at-bats and dozens of innings last season already have been jettisoned, and while it's been a slow market, for the most part former Giants have already found new homes. 

You'd be forgiven for missing some of these transactions, so here's a recap of where members of the 2018 Giants have ended up this winter ... 

Gorkys Hernandez: Projected to make around $1.6 million in arbitration, he was non-tendered and somewhat surprisingly signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox that will pay him $1 million if he's in the big leagues. That's a difficult roster to crack, but perhaps he looked around early and saw that this would be a brutal market for outfielders. 

Andrew McCutchen: One of the few outfielders to cash in, he got three years and $50 million from the Phillies. That's a nice landing spot for McCutchen, who still lives in the Pittsburgh area. 

Hunter Pence: He just had a Winter Ball run with Tores del Este in the Dominican, hitting .276 with one homer in 29 at-bats. He doesn't have a new MLB home yet. 

Nick Hundley: Still on the market. A reunion with the Giants seems somewhat unlikely given Farhan Zaidi's stated preference for a backup catcher who can play other spots. 

Gregor Blanco: A year ago he picked the Giants over the Mets, and this offseason he did end up signing that minor league deal in New York. The Mets later traded for Keon Broxton, which hurts Blanco's spring chances. 

Kelby Tomlinson: Let go by the Giants early, he quickly signed on with the Diamondbacks

Austin Jackson: He wasn't much better with the Mets than with the Giants and is one of many veterans on the free agent outfield. Some of them will not find a new home. 

Hunter Strickland: It's no longer a surprise when guys like Jackson are unsigned. It's a little surprising that Strickland, non-tendered in November, is still a free agent. 

Chase d'Arnaud: He signed a minor league contract with the Rangers, his fifth organization in the last three years. 

Pierce Johnson: He made 37 appearances for the Giants last year but will head overseas, having signed a deal with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan. 

Cory Gearrin: A Giant, Ranger and Athletic in 2018, he recently signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Mariners. 

Miguel Gomez: Once a promising bat-first infield prospect, he was let go and seemingly has not found a new organization. He hit just .176 in winter ball. 

Casey Kelly: Like Johnson, he's headed overseas. He signed a deal with the LG Twins in South Korea. 

Roberto Gomez: Fun fact: Roberto Gomez made the Opening Day roster in 2018. He's now a non-roster invitee with the Pirates. 

D.J. Snelten: The Big Snelt, as Bruce Bochy loved to call him, was picked up by the Orioles last summer and is still with them. 

Jose Valdez: It's unclear where he is now. It's also unclear what happened during his time with the Giants. 

Jarrett Parker: Unlike everyone else on this list, he did not play a game for the Giants in 2018. But, little known fact, he did still rehab with them in some form. It was a strange situation but Parker's shoulder acted up again after he was released and the Giants apparently helped with the rehab. Anyway, he's with the Angels now