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Giants selected outfielder Drew Ferguson from the Astros with the 14th and final pick in the major league portion Rule 5 draft.

The 26-year-old Ferguson was the only player to be taken in the second round of the draft. Always a nice OPB guy, he hit .305/.436/.429 in 65 games in Triple-A last year. He's played a lot of center in Triple-A, but he'll fit best in left in the majors. It's good to see him go to a team that will give him a chance; it's going to be tough for him to stick as a regular with his limited power, but he's better than most of what the Giants ran out there last year.
Dec 13 - 12:59 PM

Giants selected LHP Travis Bergen from the Blue Jays with the eighth pick in the Rule 5 draft.

The Jays joined the Astros and Dodgers in losing two prospects in the Rule 5 draft. Bergen, a 2015 seventh-round pick, had a 0.95 ERA and a 74/15 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings of relief between high-A and Double-A las season. He'll compete for a spot in the Giants pen.
Dec 13 - 12:38 PM

Buster Posey (hip) is expected to begin running at full speed in mid-January.

Posey underwent season-ending surgery in late August to repair a microfracture and labrum tear in his right hip. He probably won't be very active during the early part of spring training, but the hope is that the six-time All-Star will be ready to rock come Opening Day. Posey, 31, batted .284/.359/.382 with just five home runs and 41 RBI over 105 games this past year for San Francisco.
Dec 12 - 11:55 PM

Johnny Cueto is hoping to return from Tommy John surgery next September, agent Bryce Dixon told MLB Trade Rumors.

Cueto just had the procedure in August, so if he were a younger pitcher, he'd almost surely be ruled out for 2019. Cueto, though, might be allowed to come back and throw some innings for the Giants in the final month of the year, provided that his rehab goes smoothly.
Dec 12 - 3:36 PM

According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Derek Holland's preference in free agency is "to go back with the Giants or at least stay in [the] National League."

Holland should have several different options to comb through this winter after posting a strong 3.57 ERA with 169 strikeouts over 171 1/3 innings with the Giants in 2018. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this month that the 32-year-old left-hander was discussing multi-year contract offers with a number of teams. He could be waiting for Dallas Keuchel and/or J.A. Happ to set the cost for the secondary starting pitching market.
Dec 12 - 12:35 PM

A source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that it is becoming "less and less likely" the Giants will trade Madison Bumgarner this winter.

That same source added that a midseason trade seems more likely, assuming the Giants are not in contention. A number of teams have reportedly expressed interest in the 29-year-old left-hander, including the Phillies, Brewers, Yankees, and Braves, but San Francisco is apparently not ready to part ways quite yet. Bumgarner posted a 3.26 ERA and 109 strikeouts over 129 2/3 innings in 2018 after missing the first two months of the season with a fractured left pinkie.
Dec 11 - 9:54 PM

Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports that the Giants have received "a ton of calls" on reliever Will Smith.

In fact, Saxon hears that the Cardinals have been among the most aggressive in talks. Smith was great in his return from Tommy John surgery this year, posting a 2.55 ERA and 71/15 K/BB ratio over 53 innings, so the Giants will want some valuable pieces back. Still, he's one year away from free agency and the Giants don't look like contenders going into 2019. Smith made $2.5 million this year and MLB Trade Rumors projects him at $4.1 million via arbitration for next year. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch adds that Tony Watson could be another option for the Cardinals in discussions with the Giants.
Dec 11 - 12:33 PM

Giants claimed OF Mike Gerber off waivers from the Tigers.

The 26-year-old Gerber batted just .095/.170/.119 with a 21/4 K/BB ratio over 47 plate appearances during his first exposure to the majors this past season. He wasn't great in Triple-A either, but there's some pop in his bat and he has experience across the outfield.
Dec 10 - 2:11 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that several teams have expressed interest in Giants first baseman Brandon Belt.

And he's said to be available. Belt missed time with a knee injury and an appendectomy this past season while batting .253/.342/.414 with 14 homers over 112 games. He turns 31 next April and is owed $16 million in each of the next three seasons. He has a partial no-trade clause which could block deals to 10 teams. Add in his concussion issues in recent years and it could be a challenge to move him.
Dec 10 - 11:14 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Giants are at least willing to listen to offers on star southpaw Madison Bumgarner.

As the Winter Meetings begin, the Giants aren't anywhere close to trading Bumgarner away, but they are at least willing to listen to see if anything piques their interest. The Phillies, Brewers, Yankees, and Braves are among the teams that have expressed interest thus far.
Dec 9 - 10:21 PM

Pierce Johnson signed a free agent contract with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball.

He announced the move himself on Twitter. Contract terms have not been released. He pitched for the Giants as a rookie in 2018, notching a 5.56 ERA in 37 relief outings. He registered a sub-par 36:22 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 43 2/3 innings. The Giants outrighted him off their 40-man roster in November and he opted for free agency. The 27-year-old will take the paycheck from Hanshin and perhaps build up his resume for an eventual return to the majors.
Dec 8 - 1:13 PM

Giants signed C Cameron Rupp to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of Fancred notes that Rupp will earn $750,000 if he makes the big league roster. The 30-year-old backstop and longtime former Phillie is a career .234/.298/.407 hitter with 39 homers in 1127 plate appearances at the big league level for his career. He'll add catching depth for the Giants behind Buster Posey.
Dec 7 - 7:58 PM

Hunter Pence told Jessica Kleinschmidt of NBC Sports Bay Area that he's open to returning to the Giants in 2019.

The 35-year-old outfielder isn't ready to hang up his cleats after a miserable 2018 campaign where he slashed just .226/.258/.332 in a season where injuries limited him to only 248 plate appearances. Pence noted that clubs have reached out to him expressing interest, but added, "I’m not going to really discuss who, but I’m really open -- I want a chance to play, a chance to win." Regardless of where he lands, his days of being a relevant fantasy commodity in mixed leagues are probably over.
Dec 5 - 7:26 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Phillies have spoken to the Giants about Madison Bumgarner.

The Phillies were out-bid by the Nationals for Patrick Corbin and might now have to look to the trade market to acquire a left-handed co-ace for Aaron Nola. Fancred's Jon Heyman was told by a Giants source last week that Bumgarner isn't "going anywhere" this winter, but perhaps the Phillies can put together a package that would sway the new front office in San Francisco. Bumgarner, 29, registered a 3.26 ERA and 109 strikeouts over 129 2/3 innings in 2018 after missing the first two months of the season with a fractured pinkie.
Dec 4 - 5:17 PM

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Derek Holland is discussing multi-year contract offers with teams.

Holland had to settle for a minor league contract last offseason, but he is experiencing a healthier market this winter after posting a 3.57 ERA and 169/67 K/BB ratio over 171 1/3 innings for the Giants. Now 32, the left-hander looks like a solid option for the back-end of some team's rotation.
Dec 3 - 4:26 PM


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