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Why Giants signing Marcell Ozuna in MLB free agency would make sense

Why Giants signing Marcell Ozuna in MLB free agency would make sense

It seems like the Giants enter every offseason in search of a power-hitting outfielder. Could this be the winter when they finally land one?

While San Francisco has its own pending free agents to consider, the Giants surely will be looking for ways to upgrade their roster. MLB Trade Rumors predicts they'll sign outfielder Marcell Ozuna, which surely would be a step in the right direction.

Ozuna, 28, spent the last two seasons with the Cardinals, and is coming off a year in which he slashed .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs and 89 RBI over 130 games with St. Louis. He also was a two-time All-Star and won a Gold Glove over his five seasons with the Marlins. 

MLB Trade Rumors forecasts Ozuna to sign a three-year, $45 million contract with San Francisco. While his production dipped with the Cardinals, his Statcast numbers provide reason for optimism.

"Ozuna’s average exit velocity and hard-hit percentage were both in the 93rd percentile or better this year, suggesting that his current skill level will produce better results in the future," MLB Trade Rumors wrote. "Plus, he turns 29 this month, so he’s young enough to present some upside. Assuming Ozuna turns down his qualifying offer from the Cardinals, he’s expected to sign elsewhere. The Giants, Marlins, Reds, Padres, Indians, Tigers, and Royals could make sense."

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As mentioned, Ozuna was given a qualifying offer by the Cardinals, so if the Giants signed him, they would have to forfeit a draft pick to St. Louis. However, it would not be San Francisco's first-round selection, which comes in at No. 13 overall.

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Royals' Mike Matheny for manager job

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Royals' Mike Matheny for manager job

The carousel continues to turn for the Giants manager job.

Former Giants catcher Mike Matheny has drawn interest from San Francisco for its managerial position, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

Matheny played his final two MLB seasons with the Giants and retired from baseball in 2007. The four-time Gold Glove winner managed the Cardinals from 2012-18, finishing with 591 wins and 474 losses, good for a .555 winning percentage. 

He has spent the past two seasons with the Kansas City Royals as a special advisor for player development. 

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It is important to note the Giants have not been reported to have reached out to Matheny or brought him in for an interview.

As the process continues, Matheny is not likely to be the last name we hear associated with interviewing to take over for Bruce Bochy in San Francisco.

MLB playoff schedule 2019: Dates, times, TV channels for postseason bracket

MLB playoff schedule 2019: Dates, times, TV channels for postseason bracket

After a wild Major League Baseball season that included a record-setting number of home runs, the regular season has finally come to a close. With October baseball upon us, there are only 10 teams left standing who all hope to raise the Commissioner's Trophy when all is said and done. 

The A's won 97 games and will be playing in the AL Wild Card Game for the second straight season. After losing the do-or-die game to the Yankees last year, Bob Melvin's club will host the Rays on Wednesday at the Oakland Coliseum. The Astros, Yankees and Twins round out the American League field as division winners.

In the National League, the Giants, despite a red-hot July stretch that put them briefly in playoff contention, struggled down the stretch and finished 77-85 in Bruce Bochy's final year as manager. The rival Dodgers won the NL West for the seventh straight season as they hope to end a thirty-year World Series drought. The Cardinals and Braves won the NL Central and NL East, respectively, while the Brewers and Nationals will play in the NL Wild Card Game.

Here is the entire playoff bracket:

NL WILD CARD GAME: Brewers vs. Nationals
Tuesday, Oct. 1: 5:08 p.m. PT at Washington (TV: TBS)

AL WILD CARD GAME: Rays vs. A's
Wednesday, Oct. 2: 5:09 p.m. PT at Oakland (TV: ESPN)

NL DIVISION SERIES: BREWERS-NATIONALS WINNER VS. DODGERS
Game 1: Thursday, Oct. 3, 5:37 p.m. PT, at Los Angeles (TV: TBS)
Game 2: Friday, Oct. 4, 6:37 p.m. PT at Los Angeles (TV: TBS)
Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 6, time TBD, at Milwaukee/Washington (TV: TBS)
Game 4: Monday, Oct. 7, time TBD, at Milwaukee/Washington (TV: TBS -- if necessary)
Game 5: Wednesday, Oct. 9, time TBD, at Los Angeles (TV: TBS -- if necessary)

NL DIVISION SERIES: CARDINALS VS. BRAVES
Game 1: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2:02 p.m. PT, at Atlanta (TV: TBS)
Game 2: Friday, Oct. 4, 1:37 p.m. PT, at Atlanta (TV: TBS)
Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 6, time TBD, at St. Louis (TV: TBS)
Game 4: Monday, Oct. 7, time TBD, at St. Louis (TV: TBS -- if necessary)
Game 5: Wednesday, Oct. 9, time TBD, at Atlanta (TV: TBS -- if necessary)

AL DIVISION SERIES: A'S-RAYS WINNER VS. ASTROS
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 4, 11:05 a.m. PT, at Houston (TV: FS1)
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 5, 6:07 p.m. PT, at Houston (TV: FS1)
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 7, time TBD, at Oakland or Tampa Bay (TV: FS1)
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 8, time TBD, at Oakland or Tampa Bay (TV: FS1 -- if necessary)
Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 10, time TBD, at Houston (TV: FS1 -- if necessary)

AL DIVISION SERIES: TWINS VS. YANKEES
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 4, 4:07 p.m. PT, at New York (TV: FS1)
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2:07 p.m. PT, at New York (TV: FS1)
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 7, time TBD, at Minnesota (TV: FS1)
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 8, time TBD, at Minnesota (TV: FS1 -- if necessary)
Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 10, time TBD, at New York (TV: FS1 -- if necessary)

NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Game 1: NL Lower Seed at NL Higher Seed on Friday, Oct. 11, time TBD
Game 2: NL Lower Seed at NL Higher Seed on Saturday, Oct. 12, time TBD
Game 3: NL Higher Seed at NL Lower Seed on Monday, Oct. 14, time TBD
Game 4: NL Higher Seed at NL Lower Seed on Tuesday, Oct. 15, time TBD
Game 5: NL Higher Seed at NL Lower Seed on Wednesday, Oct. 16, time TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: NL Lower Seed at NL Higher Seed on Friday, Oct. 18, time TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: NL Lower Seed at NL Higher Seed on Saturday, Oct. 19, time TBD (if necessary)

AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Game 1: AL Lower Seed at AL Higher Seed on Saturday, Oct. 12, time TBD
Game 2: AL Lower Seed at AL Higher Seed on Sunday, Oct. 13, time TBD
Game 3: AL Higher Seed at AL Lower Seed on Tuesday, Oct. 15, time TBD
Game 4: AL Higher Seed at AL Lower Seed on Wednesday, Oct. 16, time TBD
Game 5: AL Higher Seed at AL Lower Seed on Thursday, Oct. 17, time TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: AL Lower Seed at AL Higher Seed on Saturday, Oct. 19, time TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: AL Lower Seed at AL Higher Seed on Sunday, Oct. 20, time TBD (if necessary)

WORLD SERIES
Game 1: Lower Seed at Higher Seed on Tuesday, Oct. 22, time TBD
Game 2: Lower Seed at Higher Seed on Wednesday, Oct. 23, time TBD
Game 3: Higher Seed at Lower Seed on Friday, Oct. 25, time TBD
Game 4: Higher Seed at Lower Seed on Saturday, Oct. 26, time TBD
Game 5: Higher Seed at Lower Seed on Sunday, Oct. 27, time TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Lower Seed at Higher Seed on Tuesday, Oct. 29, time TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Lower Seed at Higher Seed on Wednesday, Oct. 30, time TBD (if necessary)