Player News - Giants

Date: Team: Pos:

Giants designated RHP Joan Gregorio for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Tony Watson. Gregorio held a 3.04 ERA and 61/35 K/BB ratio over 74 innings at Triple-A Sacramento last year before getting popped with a PED suspension.
Feb 19 - 4:40 PM

Julian Fernandez was treated for a cut on his right index finger Sunday.

He suffered in on his locker. Fernandez, who is trying to make the Giants' Opening Day bullpen as a Rule 5 pick, will be shut down for a few days.
Feb 18 - 12:36 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Tony Watson's deal with the Giants guarantees the southpaw at least $9 million.

Crasnick also notes that the contract contains escalators and incentives that could drive the value up as high as $14 million over two seasons or $21 million over three seasons. That makes a whole lot more sense than the initial report which said it would be a three-year pact for $7 million.
Feb 17 - 3:44 PM

Giants signed LHP Tony Watson to a two-year, $7 million contract.

The deal includes a player option for a third season and has incentives that could run the total higher. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had reported late Friday that the two sides had reached an agreement and it's now official. It's a terrific get for the Giants who also managed to do so while staying under the luxury tax.
Feb 17 - 12:18 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants have finalized a contract with free agent southpaw Tony Watson.

Full details of the contract have yet to be announced, but it's believed to be a multi-year deal. Heyman also notes that the Giants have reportedly found a way to ink Watson and still manage to stay under the $197-million luxury tax threshold. One of the top bullpen arms available on the market, he'll bolster the back of the Giants bullpen and could even challenge for save chances if Mark Melancon struggles.
Feb 17 - 8:29 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that prospect Chris Shaw will be used exclusively as a left fielder during spring training.

Shaw began his professional career as a first baseman but was predominately a left fielder last season between Double- and Triple-A. The 24-year-old is knocking on the door of the majors but will likely need an injury or two to occur before he'd receive regular playing time.
Feb 16 - 2:40 PM

Johnny Cueto isn't throwing off the mound yet in Giants camp due to a mild case of the flu.

He will be limited to long-toss sessions for the next few days. It's obviously nothing major. Cueto declined to exercise the opt-out in his contract with the Giants this winter after struggling to a 4.52 ERA over 147 1/3 innings in 2017. He is due $21.83 million per season through 2021.
Feb 14 - 1:09 PM

Tony Watson is drawing interest from the Giants, Phillies, and Red Sox, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier Tuesday that the Giants were in serious talks with the veteran reliever. According to Heyman, the interest in Watson extends beyond the three teams mentioned. The 32-year-old is coming off a 3.38 ERA and 53/20 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings in 2017. He'd be a fine bullpen addition just about anywhere.
Feb 13 - 2:03 PM

Will Smith (elbow) has already thrown seven bullpen sessions.

Smith is now 11 months removed from his Tommy John surgery. There's still a long way to go and he's not sure if he'll be ready for Opening Day, but he has a good chance to contribute early on in the first half.
Feb 13 - 1:36 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants are in "serious contract talks" with free agent reliever Tony Watson.

Watson was linked to the A's last month, but it sounds like the other Bay Area club could be swooping in. The 32-year-old southpaw is one of the better relievers remaining the market. He put up a 3.38 ERA and 53/20 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings last season between the Pirates and Dodgers.
Feb 13 - 11:21 AM

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Friday that the team hasn't engaged in any recent contract extension talks with Madison Bumgarner's agent.

The Giants have a $12 million club option on Bumgarner for 2019 before he reaches free agency. The left-hander is still just 28, but considering the mileage on his arm and last year's shoulder injury, the club might not want to rush into a long-term extension at this point. That said, if Bumgarner gets off to a nice start this season, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Giants try to reengage into talks.
Feb 9 - 2:01 PM

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Friday that Steven Duggar could begin the year in the minors, in a platoon in the majors, or "he might very well make our club as our center fielder."

In other words, the club is heading into camp with an open mind as to Duggar's role, with the hope that he wows them. Duggar might be the Giants' best defensive option in center field right now, but he's not on the 40-man roster yet and only has 13 games of experience at the Triple-A level. San Francisco would prefer to use Austin Jackson more as a fourth outfielder, but they might be more likely to bring in someone like Jarrod Dyson rather than roll with Duggar in center.
Feb 9 - 1:55 PM

Giants signed LHP Derek Holland to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's a good landing spot for Holland, as he should have a legitimate chance to win a rotation spot and is headed to the most pitcher-friendly park in the game. Unfortunately, the left-hander is coming off a horrendous 2017 season that saw him post a 6.20 ERA over 135 innings while also showing continued diminished velocity. Holland turned 31 last October.
Feb 9 - 12:49 PM

Giants signed INF Andres Blanco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Blanco hit just .192/.257/.292 in 80 games last season as a utility infielder with the Phillies. He'll make a $1.1 million salary -- and potentially $400,000 in performance incentives -- if he cracks the Giants' major league roster.
Jan 30 - 6:23 PM

Giants signed OF Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Blanco announced the news himself on his Instagram account. The longtime Giant batted .246/.337/.357 over 90 games for the Diamondbacks last season. Blanco is now 34 and has put up a .656 OPS over the last two seasons, but he should have a decent shot to win a bench job in San Francisco.
Jan 29 - 5:29 PM


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