Spring Training

Giants spring training: Pitchers and catchers reporting dates announced

Giants spring training: Pitchers and catchers reporting dates announced

Major League Baseball officially announced the Giants' spring training dates.

Pitchers and catchers will report to their workouts on Wednesday, Feb. 12 with the full squad's first workout to be held soon after on Monday, Feb. 17.

The Giants open their Cactus League series slate against the Dodgers on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1:05 p.m. local time (12:05 p.m. PT) 

The team finishes up their exhibition season with back-to-back games in the Bay Area against the Oakland A's on March 23-24 before the regular season begins. You can view the full schedule here.

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The Giants will open up the season against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 26 at 1:10 p.m. PT.

A's spring training: Pitchers and catchers reporting dates announced

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A's spring training: Pitchers and catchers reporting dates announced

The A's spring training dates have officially been announced by Major League Baseball.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to their first workout on Wednesday, Feb. 12, with the full squad workouts taking place soon after on Monday, Feb. 17 in Mesa, Ariz.

The A's will open up the 2020 Cactus League schedule against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1:05 p.m. local time (12:05 p.m. PT).

The team will then finish their exhibition schedule with back-to-back games against the Giants on March 23-24 in the Bay Area before starting the regular season.

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Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at 1:07 p.m. PT. when the A's host the Twins at the Oakland Coliseum.

Giants acquire Connor Joe, who has shot at making Opening Day roster

Giants acquire Connor Joe, who has shot at making Opening Day roster

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants swapped out a Rule 5 pick who wasn't going to make the team for one who now very well might. 

Drew Ferguson, an outfielder picked up from the Houston Astros in the Rule 5 Draft, was designated for assignment Thursday to clear a roster spot for Connor Joe, a utility man who was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds. Joe is under the same restrictions, and given that the Giants picked him up one week from Opening Day, there seems a good chance that Farhan Zaidi will try to tuck the former Dodgers prospect onto the roster. 

Joe, 26, has moved all over throughout his minor league career, primarily playing first base, third and the outfield. As a right-handed bat with a .363 career OBP in the minors, he fits a lot of what the Giants are looking for on their bench. That also could lead to some interesting decisions next week. 

The Giants already were trying to decide how to squeeze Yangervis Solarte, Alen Hanson and Pablo Sandoval on the roster, with the latter two looking like tough calls. They also could try to put Joe in the outfield mix, perhaps at the expense of a player like Mac Williamson or Cameron Maybin. 

Joe had a .935 OPS with 17 homers in Double-A and Triple-A for the Dodgers organization last season. He was the sixth player selected in the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings, and hit .275 this spring for the Reds. 

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The Giants had hoped Ferguson would fill these holes, but he had a poor spring and was not in position to make the club. The Giants would have had to offer him back to the Astros next week, with very little hope of keeping him in their system. 

To acquire Joe, the Giants traded minor league right-hander Jordan Johnson and cash considerations to the Reds. Johnson had a 4.37 ERA in 86 minor league appearances for the Giants.