Monday, December 05, 2016

Mark Melancon in the Orange and Black

This is what happens when you blow 30 saves in the regular season and two more in the postseason.

Here's Chris Haft's story for mlb.com --

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Committing an unprecedented sum of money in an attempt to offset unprecedented lapses in performance, the Giants announced Monday that they obtained the closer they sought by agreeing to a four-year contract with free-agent right-hander Mark Melancon. An industry source confirmed Melancon's contract is worth a total of $62 million, including a $20 million signing bonus of which $12 million will be paid up front. The deal includes salaries of $4 million in 2017 and $10 million in 2018, after which Melancon may opt out of the deal. If Melancon opts into the last two years, the salary is $14 million per season.
The pact's average annual value of $15.5 million and the total figure established highs for relief pitchers. Both all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera, whose salary topped out at $15 million annually, and Jonathan Papelbon, who signed for $50 million over four years with Philadelphia before the 2012 season, were eclipsed.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Bob Tewksbury in the Orange and Black

He's been hired as the Mental Performance Coach. A pretty ordinary career of 110-102 over 13 years. One outstanding season in 1992 with a 16-5 record and a 2.17 ERA.

Scott Miller of Turner Sports originated the report.

It sounds like a good idea, if you ask me. Tewksbury had the same role with the Bosox for about a decade.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christian Arroyo in the Orange and Black

The Fangraphs site says that Arroyo is the SF Giants best prospect as a third baseman, followed by pitcher Tyler Beede. 

Here's the key parts --

 Despite a down year on paper — largely a result of the poor hitting environment in Richmond — Arroyo’s feel for contact remains superb and he still projects as a .300-plus hitter with supernatural feel for doubles-producing contact down both lines and to both gaps. He has terrific hand-eye coordination and is remarkably short to the baseball, though his bat speed is just about average. Arroyo actually cut his strikeout rate and increased his walk rate in 2016, though the latter remains poor. As is the case with many high-contact hitters, a large portion of Arroyo’s balls in play are hit on the ground and this may be an issue as he sees better defenses at upper levels.


While Arroyo has continued to spend a considerable amount of time at shortstop — and indeed has the arm strength and body control for the position — he’s already a below-average runner without the necessary range for short. He projects best at third base, a destination made even more obvious when considering the middle infielders San Francisco has at the big-league level, as well as the obvious path cleared for Arroyo by the Matt Duffy trade in July. Arroyo should be at least an average defender at third base in time.
Arroyo projects as a Martin Prado type of player at peak, someone who primarily lines up at third base but can kick around to other positions should the need arise and who also makes lots of hard, low-lying contact. That’s an above-average major leaguer and Arroyo is close, especially with Duffy gone, to wearing a Giants uniform.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The 26-man roster?

I had not known that there was a chance that this was going to happen. Here's what Grant Bisbee at McCovey Chronicls things --


There’s a great chance that major league teams will have 26 players on their active rosters in 2017 instead of 25. The change will likely be at the expense of September call-ups, which is fine with just about everyone. This means we should figure out how the Giants will use this valuable roster spot.
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

No way, Jose

Grant Bisbee at McCovey Chronicles says Jose Bautista probably isn't going to be a Giant in 2017. He's coming off a bad season and will be 36 --- 


In the last 100 years, there have been 18 outfielders who have had multiple seasons worth more than 3 WAR after turning 36. Just four of them have come since 2000. Now, those four were Barry Bonds, Moises Alou, Kenny Lofton, and Steve Finley, so it’s possible that being the type of person who would consider playing with the Giants augers well for post-36 excellence. But it’s far more likely for an old-timer to disintegrate completely than it is for him to put up more than one good season.
Whichever team pays Bautista will be paying for more than one good season.

Jose Bautista is coming off his worst season in years

His .234/.366/.452 line was his worst since transforming into Super Bautista in 2010. It’s a blip when you’re 30. It’s a red flag when you’re 35.
Plus, there are signs that he’s not that hard to pitch to at the moment:
It’s out of this meeting that the scouting report against Jose Bautista was born. The scouting report against Bautista went like this: a steady diet of breaking balls, and nothing on the inner-half.
It worked, and he looked awful in the ALCS. This probably isn’t going to change next year.

Jose Bautista is a designated hitter, not an outfielder

He used to be a fine outfielder with a marvelous arm. But shoulder surgery and age has sapped his defensive talents and made him a liability, especially for a National League team.




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mark Melancon in the Orange and Black?

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Welcome back, Matt Moore

The Giants decided to pick up Matt Moore's option for 2017 and 2018, per mlb.com...


The Giants have picked up the $7 million option on left-hander Matt Moore's contract, the club announced on Thursday.
San Francisco acquired Moore, 27, from the Rays at the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- in exchange for two Minor Leaguers and third baseman Matt Duffy -- to help bolster its rotation in a potential postseason run.
Moore went 6-5 with a 4.08 ERA over 68 1/3 innings over 12 regular-season starts for the Giants, and he twirled an eight-inning gem against the Cubs in Game 4 of the National League Division Series -- a game San Francisco eventually lost.
With his option being picked up, Moore's deal now has two years remaining -- a $9 million team option with a $1 million buyout in 2018 and a $10 million team option in '19 with a $750,000 buyout.