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Yasiel Puig signing with Giants isn't crazy thought, Mike Krukow says

Yasiel Puig signing with Giants isn't crazy thought, Mike Krukow says

The thought of Yasiel Puig as a member of the Giants is ... weird. Or is it?

With president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi having a past with the Dodgers, it wouldn't be an acquisition out of left, or right field. It's certainly an intriguing thought, according to Mike Krukow.

The Giants broadcaster stopped by KNBR on Thursday and didn't shut down the possibility of the Giants acquiring Puig. 

"Would I like to see Puig? I always thought 'I don't know about that," Krukow said. "He's energy, he's strength ... "

Krukow then referred to a tweet by The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman that made Kruk smile and had him thinking -- well, why not?

“Here’s a guy that’s got some credentials, got some power, got a great arm. How much fun would it be to watch that arm in right field?”

The need for a power bat stretches across the league, but even more so for someone playing half of his games at the pitcher-friendly Oracle Park.

Despite Giants fans not liking the former Dodger with extra pizazz, Zaidi is one to at least consider all options. And Puig has seven years in the league and has seen his fair share of the NL West opponents, having spent six seasons with Los Angeles.

"With Farhan Zaidi, it never stops," Krukow said. "He's always looking to improve his club."

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Plus, Giants CEO Larry Baer recently said he wants to embrace the bat flips (or in this case, bat licks) and authentic personalities of the game as MLB tries to find better ways to market players. Puig certainly would fit right in that mold.

Last season for the Dodgers and Cleveland Indians, Puig slashed .267/.327/.458 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI.

Giants make changes to governance structure, announce new 'control person'

Giants make changes to governance structure, announce new 'control person'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nine months ago, Larry Baer, Farhan Zaidi and Bruce Bochy hopped on a flight to Las Vegas to meet with Bryce Harper. A lot has changed since then.

The Giants knew Bochy's time as manager was coming to an end, but they could not have predicted the way their management structure would change before the end of 2019.

On Thursday, MLB announced that Greg Johnson has been approved as the club's control person, and the Giants simultaneously announced that Rob Dean will now be their vice chairman. Each MLB club has a designated control person who is accountable to the league. 

Dean had previously served as interim control person after taking over for Baer, who was suspended through July 1. Johnson and Dean now will serve as managing members and Baer and Zaidi, the president of baseball operations, will report to them. Johnson, Dean and Baer will represent the Giants at MLB's owners' meetings. 

Got it all?

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Johnson is the son of Charles Johnson, who owns nearly a third of the team, more than any other individual or group. Greg Johnson is chairman and CEO of Franklin Templeton Investments.

The Johnson family has been part of the ownership group since 1993. 

Larry Baer cites fan experience, safety in moving Oracle Park bullpens

Larry Baer cites fan experience, safety in moving Oracle Park bullpens

"As always, we are deeply grateful for your loyalty to the Giants ... "

The Giants season has come and gone and the year was sealed with a concluding note from team president and CEO Larry Baer. The letter was posted on the official Twitter account of the Giants and sent to season-ticket holders.

In the letter, Baer confirmed the changes happening at Oracle Park, which will move the bullpens to the outfield. He explained the change is in order to "make foul territory safer for players," as well as creating a more entertaining experience for fans. 

More ballpark changes could be coming as well, he wrote in the letter.

Baer also wrote about the positives of the season, in which there were many despite a 77-85 record. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi added a bunch of new names to the mix along the way. Mike Yastrzemski was one of those moves and in addition to a historical series at Fenway Park, his .272/.334/.518 line with 21 home runs and 55 RBI show he was a bright spot even during the dim times.

An exhilarating 19-6 run in July also was a spark during the season, promising contributions from Alex Dickerson, Mauricio Dubón, Logan Webb, Tyler Beede and Dereck Rodriguez should make fans excited for the future.

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Baer concluded his note by looking ahead to the 2020 season, one that will be the Giants' first since 2006 without Bruce Bochy at the helm.