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Giants' Tyler Beede says young coaching staff could be more 'relatable'

Giants' Tyler Beede says young coaching staff could be more 'relatable'

Giants pitching coach Andrew Bailey is 35 years old. That's considered old in terms of the Giants' new coaching staff. 

San Francisco hired eight coaches for manager Gabe Kapler's staff, many of whom are in their early 30s or even late 20s. The philosophies handed down to players and the culture around the locker room surely will be different than in years past under 64-year-old Bruce Bochy and his veteran staff. 

Tyler Beede, 26, forever will remember his short time learning under Bochy but he also is looking forward to the breath of fresh air that's coming to the Giants. As this team continues to rebuild, Beede sees the positives in having coaches closer in age to the players. 

"It brings a lot of energy and excitement and maybe a little bit more of a relatable staff to where the younger guys can relate to them a little bit more and there's similar conversations," Beede said Wednesday on KNBR. "It'll be unique, it'll be different obviously." 

Beede will be working with Bailey, who last pitched in the bigs leagues for the Angels in 2017. When Bailey won AL Rookie of the Year for the A's in 2009, Beede likely was watching from afar as a 16-year-old. 

Beede went 5-10 with a 5.08 ERA last season as a rookie. He recognizes that both players and coaches will be going through a learning curve next season, but believes both sides will do whatever it takes to win. 

He also is embracing Kapler, 44, who he said he first met back in 2015 when Beede was in San Francisco's farm system and Kapler was the Dodgers' director of player development. The two have texted here and there ever since the Giants hired Kapler last month.

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"I'm certainly excited that he's on board with us," Beede said on Kapler. "He's great, man. He loves guys for who they are. He cares about his players. He invests time in learning about who guys are and what they bring to the table. I know everybody's -- what I've heard from other guys -- everybody's excited about it." 

Next season is a new chapter for the Giants -- maybe even a whole new book -- and Beede seems to be ready for it. 

How Giants could fill Madison Bumgarner-sized hole in starting rotation

How Giants could fill Madison Bumgarner-sized hole in starting rotation

Ty Blach had a 4.56 ERA in his Giants career, but the record books at Oracle Park will always show that he was the organization's Opening Day starter in 2018. Blach filled in against the Dodgers when Madison Bumgarner got hit by a line drive in his final appearance of the spring, but in every other season since 2014, Bumgarner threw the first pitch.

That'll change in 2020. Bumgarner should take the ball on March 26 and kick off the Diamondbacks' season against the Braves. The Giants might turn to Jeff Samardzija, who had a strong 2019, or Johnny Cueto, their current ace if he's fully healthy. Or, both of those guys could be gone, too.

With Bumgarner now with a division rival, the Giants have more uncertainty in their rotation than they've had in at least a decade. Samardzija and Cueto should provide consistency, and the Giants are excited about Cueto's recovery from Tommy John surgery, but both could also serve as trade chips. 

Samardzija, who has just $18 million left on his deal, could be particularly appealing to bidders in a market that has seen all the big names sign already. Cole Hamels got the same amount from the Braves earlier this offseason, and the Giants could find suitors with teams like the Angels, Blue Jays and Twins still needing veteran rotation help. 

Bumgarner and Hyun-Jin Ryu stood as the best starters left on the market, and the Giants are unlikely to find appealing options if they turn to free agency. You can expect them to be opportunistic, as they were with Drew Pomeranz last January and a bunch of veteran hitters in February, so perhaps they'll find a veteran eager to rebuild his value at spacious Oracle Park. But Ryu makes no sense for their current timetable and neither does any other starter looking for multiple years. 

Kevin Gausman signed a one-year, $9 million deal and currently is headed for a rotation spot. Left-hander Tyler Anderson may be in the same boat if he fully recovers from knee surgery. It would be a boost for the Giants if one or both of them found new life and became a trade chip by the summer. 

Beyond that, the group is young. Tyler Beede and Logan Webb should enter the spring as favorites for rotation jobs, but Webb will be on an innings limit and the Giants might prefer to slow-play him early in the season. It seems like Dereck Rodriguez has been around for years, but he's still just a third-year player and might benefit from a change in the coaching staff. The old one viewed him as a swingman. 

Shaun Anderson will come to camp as a starter, but is likely to end up in the bullpen by the end of March and could even be the closer. Ditto for Andrew Suarez and Conner Menez, who provide a different look as left-handers but are more depth pieces than members of the Opening Day rotation. 

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Long term, the Giants have high hopes for Sean Hjelle and Seth Corry. Hjelle, 22, blew through two A-ball levels before taking some lumps in five Double-A starts. He could be an option late in the year as the Giants audition players for 2021. Corry, 21, might be the current Giants prospect most likely to remind the fans of the old days. He had a 1.76 ERA in Low-A and struck out 172 batters in 122 2/3 innings. The left-hander is one of the more exciting prospects in the system, but he won't be an option for a 2020 team that all of a sudden has a huge hole to fill in the rotation. 

Giants expect to add starting pitching, possibly at Winter Meetings

Giants expect to add starting pitching, possibly at Winter Meetings

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants will meet with Madison Bumgarner's representatives this week, but there isn't a lot of optimism within the organization that the longtime ace will be back at Oracle Park next season. Regardless of what Bumgarner decides, the Giants expect to soon add to their rotation, possibly even doing so before the end of the Winter Meetings. 

The Giants didn't make a significant move at the Winter Meetings last year, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said he expects that to change this year, noting that there's additional payroll flexibility and that the free-agent market is moving at a much faster pace. 

"I would expect us to add at least one starting pitcher here. And by here I don't mean necessarily in San Diego, but there's a good chance we do that," Zaidi said. "We're having multiple conversations on that front. Pitching is a big priority here for us, as it is for a lot of teams. That's been a major focus for us leading up to this and we expect it to be busy this week."

The Giants came to the Manchester Grand Hyatt with a rotation containing question marks, even if you put Bumgarner's situation to the side. Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto are the veterans, but both also could be trade chips, either this winter or next July. Tyler Beede showed flashes of brilliance last season but is still relatively unproven. Logan Webb is highly thought of but will be under an innings limit in 2020. Shaun Anderson and Andrew Suarez were moved to the bullpen in the second half and Dereck Rodriguez bounced back and forth. 

The market is flush with veteran pitchers, and Zaidi could try to replicate what he did last year, signing multiple options to one-year deals. The Giants didn't get much out of Derek Holland and Drew Pomeranz, both of whom signed in January, but were able to deal both left-handers. The Pomeranz deal brought back Mauricio Dubon. 

The lower tier this season includes Wade Miley, Tanner Roark, Julio Teheran, Dallas Keuchel and others. Lefties like Miley, Gio Gonzalez or Alex Wood might be particularly attractive given how right-handed the current rotation is. 

Any of those players would come at a price point significantly lower than Bumgarner's. The longtime Giants star is expected to earn in excess of $100 million over the course of his new deal, but the Giants have not yet backed away from the table. 

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"We're one of the suitors," Zaidi told NBC Sports Bay Area. "We're just going to put our best foot forward and see what happens, but he's earned this opportunity to be a free agent and, as we expected, there's no shortage of interest in a guy with his pedigree."