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According to Grant Brisbee of SB Nation, Tim Lincecum has a guaranteed contract offer from a team that’s not the Giants.

In other words, a reunion with the Giants likely isn't going to happen. Lincecum reportedly had 25-30 scouts in attendance at his showcase last Thursday, where he was throwing in the 90-93 mph range. That's better than where he was during his disastrous stint with the Angels in 2016. Apparently at least one team saw enough to offer a guaranteed deal. There should be more clarity on this situation soon.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 19 - 1:25 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

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

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

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants will be in attendance at Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday in Seattle.

Lincecum didn't pitch anywhere in 2017 after posting a 9.16 ERA across nine starts for the Angels in 2016, but he's gotten himself in better shape and is reportedly topping 90 mph on the radar gun in workouts. Several teams are expected to be at Lincecum's showcase later this week, with the Mets being one club that's been monitoring him, according to Heyman. Lincecum "is believed to relish the opportunity to return to his old stamping grounds" in San Francisco, Heyman says.
Feb 11 - 3:26 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers remain in contact with Carlos Gomez.

More accurately put, Gomez is remaining in contact with the Rangers. Grant says the 32-year-old free agent outfielder recently took a helicopter ride to have a face-to-face meeting with Rangers GM Jon Daniels and other members of the organization. He's coming off a season in which he hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers and 13 steals in 105 games. The Giants and Blue Jays have also been rumored landing spots for Gomez, although that was before both teams acquired outfielders -- Andrew McCutchen and Randal Grichuk, respectively -- so their level of interest has probably waned.
Jan 24 - 4:04 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants have agreed to terms with Austin Jackson on a two-year, $6 million contract.

Heyman says the deal can be worth a total of $8.5 million if Jackson hits all of his incentives. Jackson had to settle for a minor league contract last winter after hitting just .260/.311/.361 over the previous three seasons, but he earned a multi-year deal after batting .318/.387/.482 in a part-time role with the Indians. The soon-to-be 31-year-old should handle the bulk of the at-bats in center field for the Giants, although he could eventually be pushed by Steven Duggar.
Jan 22 - 7:18 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Giants have Jarrod Dyson as their top non-Lorenzo Cain free agent option for center field.

Dyson is followed by Jon Jay and Cameron Maybin on the Giants' list. The club acquired Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates on Monday and haven't officially ruled him out for center field, but the speedy Dyson is obviously the superior defender. The 33-year-old batted .251/.324/.350 with five home runs, 30 RBI, and 28 steals over 11 games with the Mariners last season.
Jan 16 - 11:19 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Giants "have had an active dialogue with Lorenzo Cain of late, and that’s not likely to change" even after their acquisition of Andrew McCutchen.

San Francisco would prefer to play McCutchen at a corner outfield spot, with Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports saying they'd like to put him in right field and move Hunter Pence to left. Of course, that plan could depend on whether they're able to add a center fielder like Cain. The Giants are up against the luxury tax threshold, so bringing Cain aboard will be tricky.
Jan 15 - 6:56 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Giants have agreed to acquire Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates, pending a review of medical records.

Reliever Kyle Crick and outfield prospect Bryan Reynolds are headed to the Pirates, and's Jon Morosi says Pittsburgh is picking up a portion of McCutchen's contract. The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now, but the Cutch Era is over in Pittsburgh. Coming off a disappointing season, the Giants made it a priority to pull off some impact moves this offseason. While they fell short in their efforts to land Giancarlo Stanton, they have now managed to acquire both McCutchen and Evan Longoria. McCutchen got off to a rough start last season, but he recovered with a .279/.363/.486 batting line to go along with 28 home runs and 88 RBI. He could be asked to play a corner outfield spot in San Francisco. The 31-year-old McCutchen is due to make $14.75 million in 2018 before hitting free agency.
Jan 15 - 3:19 PM

According to Jon Heyman and Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, the Giants and Pirates are involved in "serious talks" about a trade involving Andrew McCutchen.

McCutchen has been linked to the Giants for a while and a potential deal appears more realistic now that the Pirates have dealt Gerrit Cole. The 31-year-old is due to become a free agent next offseason, so it's unlikely the Giants will have to give up major pieces. They also wouldn't have to surrender draft picks and international spending money, as they would with free agent Lorenzo Cain. Stay tuned.
Jan 15 - 3:10 PM

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that "all the tea leaves tell me" the Giants are getting more serious in talks with free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

The assumption was that the Giants wouldn't sign a qualifying offer free agent, but general manager Bobby Evans recently said that he wouldn't rule out the possibility. The club would have to surrender two draft picks (their second- and fifth-highest picks) and $1 million in international spending money in order to sign Cain. Schulman notes that there's "nothing close" while speculating that years could be an issue. Steven Duggar and Gorkys Hernandez are among the in-house options for center field, but the club has also been connected to Andrew McCutchen on the trade market. Admittedly, Cain would be vastly superior to McCutchen to patrol center field.
Jan 15 - 2:50 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that teams that have spoken with the Pirates expect them to be more receptive to an Andrew McCutchen trade now that they've dealt Gerrit Cole.

It wasn't difficult to connect these dots. The Pirates were already listening on McCutchen -- who will be a free agent after the 2018 season -- but with Cole now out of the picture they're even likelier to implement a rolling rebuild. The Giants are one team that's had ongoing conversations with the Pirates about McCutchen and the veteran outfielder remains an obvious fit for the Bay Area club.
Jan 14 - 11:20 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants "remain in talks" with the Pirates about acquiring Andrew McCutchen.

Nightengale says the Giants attempted to sign free agent outfielder Jay Bruce, but their offer was about $10 million less than the three-year, $39 million deal he ultimately signed with the Mets. McCutchen is due $14.5 million in 2018 via a club option that was exercised in November. He can become a free agent next winter. The 31-year-old outfielder batted .279/.363/.486 with 28 home runs and 88 RBI over 156 games for the Pirates last season.
Jan 11 - 1:36 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Reds are still listening to trade offers on outfielder Billy Hamilton.

The Giants are reportedly the club that has expressed the most interest in the 27-year-old speedster. Crasnick notes that Reds' owner Bob Castellini would need to approve any trade though and has stated in the past that he hopes Hamilton remains in a Reds' uniform forever.
Jan 6 - 8:05 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Carlos Gomez's name has come up as the Giants look for an outfielder.

Heyman notes that the Giants "are looking at as many as a dozen outfielders," so it doesn't sound like Gomez is necessarily a high priority. The Blue Jays have also been connected to Gomez, and the Rangers haven't ruled out re-signing him. Gomez batted .255/.340/.462 with 17 home runs and 13 stolen bases over 105 games for Texas last season.
Jan 5 - 1:57 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays, Orioles, Giants and Mets are among the teams that have shown interest in Carlos Gonzalez.

The Rockies also haven't ruled out re-signing CarGo, although it doesn't appear that they view him as a priority at this point. Heyman notes that Gonzalez might be best off taking a one-year "pillow" contract in hopes of re-establishing his value following a disappointing showing in 2017. The 32-year-old batted .262/.339/.423 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI over 136 games for the Rockies last season.
Jan 5 - 11:00 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Giants have continued to engage in talks with the Pirates involving a potential Andrew McCutchen trade.

Morosi notes that "a deal is not imminent and multiple barriers remain," like seemingly every other subject in this incredibly slow-moving offseason. Pittsburgh is said to want at least one of the Giants' top three prospects -- first baseman Chris Shaw, right-hander Tyler Beede, and/or outfielder Heliot Ramos -- but San Francisco is reluctant to give up top young talent for what could be a rental. McCutchen is due $14.5 million in 2018 via a club option that was exercised in November. The 31-year-old outfielder hit .279/.363/.486 with 28 home runs and 88 RBI over 156 games for the Bucs in 2017.
Jan 4 - 11:26 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network confirms that the Pirates are still making Andrew McCutchen available in trade talks.

McCutchen was also said to be available last winter and again over the summer, but the Pirates' high asking price kept teams from seriously exploring a deal for the veteran outfielder. Morosi says the Giants have expressed the most interest in McCutchen and notes that he could be their backup plan if they are unable to land J.D. Martinez in free agency. McCutchen is due $14.5 million in 2018 via a club option that was exercised in early November. The 31-year-old batted .279/.363/.486 with 28 homers and 88 RBI over 156 games for Pittsburgh in 2017.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 07:07:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Reds and Giants continue to engage trade discussions involving Billy Hamilton.

These talks heated up at the Winter Meetings, but the final word from Orlando -- via Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports -- was that the two sides could not find a match. Maybe something will change as more dominos fall in the trade and free agent markets. Hamilton holds a weak .248/.298/.334 career batting line at the major league level, but he's a strong defensive center fielder and a game-changer on the basepaths. The 27-year-old is under contractual control through 2019.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 06:00:00 PM

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