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Locked On Giants (Baseball) is a daily podcast focused on the San Francisco Giants. Providing rational, data-driven SF Giants analysis in a clear and accessible way. Hosted by Ben Kaspick, who has contributed for the popular baseball statistics and analysis websites FanGraphs and Beyond the Box Scor…

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    San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds falls off Hall of Fame ballot after 10 years of rejection by BBWAA

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 30:08

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds falling off the Hall of Fame ballot after being rejected for a 10th and final time by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Bonds received 66% of the vote, far short of the 75% threshold needed to get in. David Ortiz, in his first year on the ballot, was elected to the Hall of Fame. Ortiz reportedly tested positive for PED's in 2003, but that apparently didn't matter to some of the writers who felt the need to keep Bonds, a far superior player to Ortiz, out of the Hall. Ben discusses how the Hall of Fame has left him feeling jaded after all these years, and his overwhelming feeling is one of not caring anymore, as opposed to being enraged. He talks about how Bonds has the second-most fWAR of all time, behind Babe Ruth, and Ortiz is over 100 fWAR behind him. Ben would've voted for Ortiz, but Bonds is arguably the best baseball player ever. As former FanGraphs writer Jeff Sullivan noted on Twitter, the difference between Bonds' fWAR and Ortiz's fWAR is Alex Rodriguez. That just about says it all. Finally, Ben discusses more details about the MLB lockout. The MLBPA and the league met on Monday and Tuesday in New York, and Ben has more details about those meetings. The league reportedly agreed to the players' proposal of a bonus pool for pre-arbitration players, although they remain far apart on the amount of the pool. The league proposed $10 million after the players asked for more than $100 million. But Ben sees a big flaw with the idea: both sides have proposed basing it on Wins Above Replacement, or WAR, which is not a clear-cut metric like average, OBP, or slugging percentage. Different sites use different calculations, and their formulas are regularly tweaked. There are many issues with using WAR, but on the whole, it's a good thing that both sides agree that pre-arb players should be eligible to earn more money based on performance. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    MLBPA makes counter-proposal to MLB in latest effort to end lockout

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 28:50

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick details the latest from around Major League Baseball. The MLB Players Association and MLB met in person in Manhattan on Monday and Tuesday, marking significant progress from the weeks of no substantive meetings between the two sides since the lockout began on Dec. 2. In its counterproposal to the league, the MLBPA held firm on its push for two-year arbitration eligibility, a substantially increased Competitive Balance Tax threshold, and cuts to revenue sharing. Notably, the league lowered its proposed cut from $100 million to $30 million in its latest offer. The players' side also proposed a substantial increase to the league minimum salary, to $775,000. Ben also discusses Kevin Gausman's tweet over the weekend, in which he declared that the San Francisco Giants never made him a contract offer this offseason. Gausman ultimately signed a five-year, $110 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Ben dives into why the Giants may not have made him an offer. It's plausible that Gausman's representation made it clear that their client was seeking to maximize total dollars, and that the Giants were more interested in a shorter-term deal with a higher average annual value. Finally, Ben discusses the Hall of Fame vote, which is set to be announced today. Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, and Tim Lincecum are the names to watch for Giants fans. The threshold to get in is 75% of the vote; last year, Bonds received 61.8%. This is Bonds' final year of eligibility. Kent has two more years counting this one, and his highest total was in the low-30s. This is Lincecum's first year on the ballot, and he is very unlikely to ever get in. But the number to watch is 5%: that's what Lincecum needs today in order to remain on the ballot next year. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    San Francisco Giants' 6th-10th-best prospects, according to Baseball America

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 25:40

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the San Francisco Giants' sixth- through 10th-best prospects, according to Baseball America. Yesterday he talked about the Giants' Top Five, all of whom had a spot on BA's Top 100 Prospects list. Marco Luciano, Joey Bart, Luis Matos, Heliot Ramos, and Kyle Harrison are exciting prospects indeed. But what about the next five names? Ben discusses the scouting reports on Will Bednar, the Giants' first-round pick in 2021, Matt Mikulski, their second-round pick last year, and the three others rounding out the top 10. Jairo Pomares, Aeverson Arteaga, and Ryan Murphy complete the list. Overall, Ben points out that it's best not to only look at one source when evaluating prospects. Predicting the future success (or failure) of prospects is an extremely tricky business, so looking at as many sources as possible is always a good idea. Ben plans on discussing the upcoming top prospects lists that will be announced by other major sources. He also discusses the fact that the MLBPA is going to make an in-person proposal to MLB on Monday in Manhattan. This will be the second significant meeting of the MLB lockout, with the league having made its first core economics proposal to the MLBPA last Thursday. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Marco Luciano leads five San Francisco Giants on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 32:06

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses Baseball America's newly released Top 100 Prospects list, which includes five members of the San Francisco Giants organization. Atop the Giants' rankings is 20-year-old shortstop Marco Luciano, who comes in with a ranking of No. 17. It's a slight fall for Luciano, who was ranked No. 9 in BA's most recent update to last year's ranking, but it's a strong showing nonetheless. Luciano is still very young and struggled in High-A Eugene in 2021, but he's likely to start there in 2022 and could move quickly if he's able to produce. He has the makings of a superstar if everything is able to come together for him. Next on the list is Joey Bart, who fell all the way into the 70s after at one point being near-universally considered a Top 20 prospect a couple of years ago. Nonetheless, Bart is still considered on of the game's better prospects, and he still has a chance to be a big-time producer in the majors. He has a lot to work on, but he has pedigree, tools, and a clear path to a major league job now that Buster Posey is retired. Next is Luis Matos, whom Ben might have higher than Bart. Matos offers a tantalizing blend of contact, power, and speed. He has a very high ceiling and could jump up rankings with another strong showing in the minors in 2022. Finally, Ben reads off the scouting reports for the final two prospects ranked in the Top 100 by BA: Heliot Ramos and Kyle Harrison. The Giants are one of only six organizations to have at least five BA Top 100 Prospects, with Pittsburgh and Arizona being tied for the most with six. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Inbox: San Francisco Giants' most exciting player for 2022?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 29:04

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the state of the San Francisco Giants. Among the questions asked and answered are: What player are you most excited to see going into next season? Who produces more value in 2022: Thairo Estrada, or Tommy La Stella? Could you see a La Stella/Evan Longoria platoon at 3B next year? Both hit well against their respective sides. Both are injury prone so they get plenty of rest. Plus it opens up for Estrada to get more time at 2B When is this damn lockout ending lol? Let's say Giants don't win the Seiya Suzuki sweepstakes (or even if they did), What do you think of Jorge Soler as a DH/LF RH power bat to add to the Giants? 107 wins was incredible and very unlikely to be matched. But I am having a hard time figuring out what my expectations should be this year. 90 wins? Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    MLB makes first core economics proposal since locking out players, but MLBPA comes away frustrated

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 31:10

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick, who covers the San Francisco Giants, discusses the latest with the state of the Major League Baseball lockout. On Thursday, for the first time since the lockout began on Dec. 2, MLB made a core economics proposal to the MLB Players Association. To absolutely no one's surprise, the players were not impressed with the league's proposal. The league's proposals ranged from modest to absurd, including a bizarre attempt to address service time manipulation that would see teams rewarded with a draft pick if prospects ranked in the top 100 (inherently subjective) win Rookie of the Year or finish in the top three in MVP or Cy Young voting in their first three years after being placed on an Opening Day roster in their first year. In other areas, MLB's proposal included only modest change, and more importantly, the league did not address the players' biggest concerns. There was no change to the competitive balance tax, currently $210 million. The players have proposed an increase to $245 million. There were no changes to arbitration and free agency. The MLBPA has sought to have players reach arbitration a year sooner (two years instead of three). There were, however, some areas where it's not impossible to see an agreement come together. Both sides have proposed a lottery system for the bottom teams in the draft. The league proposed the bottom three teams enter a lottery; the players have proposed eight. The league has proposed expanding playoffs to 14 teams; the players have proposed expanding it to 12. The league also continued to propose a universal designated hitter, something that the players have wanted for a long time, as it adds another player on every roster. Ultimately, it's hard to call this a productive meeting. Spring Training is likely to be delayed as the teams continue to negotiate, and Ben believes the regular season is likely to be delayed as well. Eventually, economic pressure on both sides caused by missing games seems most likely to incentivize the coming together on a new agreement. It's just a matter of when that happens. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Inbox: Realisitic trade options for the Giants?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 32:01

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the state of the San Francisco Giants. Among the questions asked and answered are: Farhan kept mentioning making changes to the roster via trade. If that's the case, what team(s) do the Giants best match up with for a deal, and what Giants prospects or active roster players could be trade bait? I've been seeing a lot of Instagram pages saying we should trade for Tyler Mahle. Is this realistic, or are people just hyping him up because of the success Reds pitchers have had with the Giants? MLB Trade Rumors mentioned the Giants should pick up Matt Olson from the A's and use Brandon Belt as DH (if implemented). Olson is 27 and can hit for power and average, and is under team control until 2024. SF would have to give up a lot but worth it in my opinion. Number of regular season wins doesn't necessarily equate with going deep in the playoffs. Which do you think the front office thinks more about when building the team? And don't say both - please pick one. How much do you think the Giants are willing to spend for Seiya Suzuki? Barry Bonds getting in the Hall of Fame?? Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Rachel Balkovec to manage Yankees' Low-A team, becoming first female manager in minors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 30:29

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the latest news with Major League Baseball and the San Francisco Giants. The first order of business is the major news that Yankees hitting instructor Rachel Balcovec will become the first female manager in affiliated professional baseball. She will manage the Yankees' Low-A team beginning in 2022, and it puts her on a path to greater things in years to come. Notably, Giants manager Gabe Kapler interviewed Balkovec in 2019 for the position of quality control coach, where she would have worked as a hitting instructor and in strength and development. Balkovec opted to stay with the Yankees, and the move seems to have paid off. Kapler later hired Alyssa Nakken as a major league coach, and she became the first female to hold such a role in major league history. In the past year or so, many women have broken significant barriers, including Kim Ng becoming general manager of the Miami Marlins, the first female to hold that role. Ben also discusses the latest with the major league lockout. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported today that MLB is going to make a core-economics proposal to the MLB Players Association on Thursday. While this is extremely welcome news, as this will be the first of its kind proposal by either side since the lockout began on Dec. 2, Ben urges listeners not to be overly optimistic about the proposal leading to any significant momentum. It's entirely possible, if not likely, that the MLBPA will not respond positively to the proposal and we'll be back to square one. Finally, Ben discusses the Giants denying the Mets permission to interview pitching coach Andrew Bailey for the Mets' open bench coach position. It's debatable whether the position would be a promotion, and it's pretty late in the offseason for teams to be willing to give up a key member of their staff. Ben relates the situation to the Giants losing Donnie Ecker to the Rangers much earlier in the offseason, when they were willing to allow him to explore the role, one which he eventually was offered and accepted. Ben also discusses Austrailian LHP Genevieve Beacom becoming the first Australian professional baseball player over the weekend. The lefty tossed a scoreless inning and featured a fastball/breaking ball mix. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Inbox: What do the Giants need to do to maintain elite status next season?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 30:04

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the state of the San Francisco Giants. Among the questions asked and answered are: What do the Giants have to do to maintain their status as an elite team next season? Based on the current roster and philosophy towards player acquisitions, do you see the Giants maintaining their current success next season around 100 wins? Or do you think it's more likely they regress to finish at what most fans expected them to heading into 2021? 83ish wins. Will spring training happen? Do we bring back Kris Bryant? What does the potential market for Bryant look like? Any chance he's back on a less than monstrous deal? Would Patrick Wisdom be a trade candidate? Right-handed power guy who can play multiple positions and at 30 years old, hopefully wouldn't cost a premium. He's also from California. For the Hjelle of it: what do you see as Sean Hjelle's future with the Giants? SP, RP, tweener, or maybe a 3 innings reliever? Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    ESPN's Jeff Passan details grim state of MLB lockout, baseball's path forward

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 30:17

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick details the state of the MLB lockout by reviewing an ESPN piece by Jeff Passan that explores the subject in great detail. Ben goes through the Passan article, using direct quotations to provide listeners with up-to-the-minute updates about what's happening (or not happening) between MLB and the MLB Players Association. The league locked out the players at midnight on Dec. 1, and a whole lot of nothing has happened since. But that doesn't mean Passan's update isn't jam-packed with important information. Passan speaks with numerous sources to gather information about where we are and where we're headed. He compares the state of affairs to the "disastrous" negotiations about how to start the 2020 season after Covid-19 cancelled spring training. Although Commissioner Rob Manfred says those talks are irrelevant to the current negotiations, Passan (and Ben) disagree. They clearly demonstrate how toxic the relationship currently is between the parties. Passan details what the players are looking for in a deal. Whether it's raising the CBT threshold, earlier free agency, earlier arbitration, raising the minimum salary, and a whole host of other desires, the players want fundamental change across the board, which doesn't bode well for the season starting on time. Passan says that the next step in the process appears to be that the players need to define their top priorities, because it's impractical to expect the league to meet all of their numerous demands. In terms of key dates, Passan and his sources don't expect anything substantive to happen until at least late January/early February. After that, March 1 is a key date. If serious progress hasn't been made toward a deal by then, the start of the season will be in jeopardy. Given how the negotiations, or lack thereof, have gone so far, that seems like a more distinct possibility by the day. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Commissioner Rob Manfred can't handle the truth: Ken Rosenthal out at MLB Network

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 31:06

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the MLB Network decision not to bring back universally respected journalist Ken Rosenthal. The tension between the network, which is owned by the league, and Rosenthal reportedly originated after Rosenthal was critical of commissioner Rob Manfred when the league and players were attempting to negotiate new terms to start the 2020 season, which was on pause due to the then-emerging Covid-19 pandemic. Rosenthal was harsh but fair in his article in The Athletic, which was published in June 2020 under the title "Rosenthal: Manfred must strike a deal with the players or ruin his legacy." The network's decision not to retain Rosenthal, one of the top baseball journalists there is, speaks volumes into its intentions. They are clearly more interested in perpetuating propaganda than the truth. It's a sad move for the sport, and one that Ben believes will backfire. Whatever negative publicity may have come from Rosenthal will come back around many times over from other journalists witnessing the ill-fated move. The league has lost a lot of credibility in recent years, and they just lost a big chunk of whatever they had left among members of the media, Ben included. Finally, Ben ties this in with the San Francisco Giants. Ultimately, Rob Manfred is employed by the owners, which of course includes the Giants' ownership. But Ben believes the Giants are a far better organization than most when it comes to valuing their fans and their place in the community. Also, Ben makes the point that front offices aren't the ones who should take criticism when fans are upset with a team at large's behavior. For example, many fans have been accusing Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi of being "cheap" lately. This is factually incorrect, but also, it's not Zaidi's money. If fans believe a team is choosing not to spend money that would help them be a significantly better team, that anger should be directed towards ownership as opposed to the front office. The front office is clearly incentivised to make the team as good as possible, or else they risk losing their jobs. However, they always have to obey their bosses and keep them happy. Just food for thought... Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Inbox: Will the Giants regret trading Caleb Kilian, Alexander Canario for Kris Bryant?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 29:12

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the state of the San Francisco Giants. Among the questions asked and answered are: Will the Giants regret trading Caleb Kilian and Alexander Canario in the Kris Bryant trade? Are the Giants in on Seiya Suzuki? Seems like a much-needed right-handed bat and probably much cheaper and better defense than Bryant and Nick Castellanos. Do you think teams will begin secretly working out trades that they can announce after the lockout ends? How would you rate Michael Conforto as a potential outfielder pickup? Over/under on wins next year? 81? What do the Giants have to do to maintain their status as an elite team next season? Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Inbox: Is Giants' platoon system a short-term solution or long-run goal?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 30:25

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the state of the San Francisco Giants. Among the questions asked and answered are: Is the Giants' platoon system just a short-term solution to a rebuild or do you think it is the long-run goal? We saw how cheap and affordable it can be to find platoon players, but I've got to think SF is hoping for mostly everyday contributors in a couple years. Thoughts? With the Giants having so many platoon positions currently, do you see more teams implementing methods to take away the platoon advantage? What might be the best way for the Giants to combat this in the future? Which minor leaguers do you see being on the big league roster on opening day and/or at some point during the year. Both players making their debut and also guys who have been up but for just short periods of time. Do you think the Giants could pull off four starters and have relievers interspersed to cover the fifth day a la Sean Hjelle, Sammy Long, Tyler Beede, etc.? Do you think the Giants would consider a six-man rotation to protect some of the fragile arms that are presently in the starting rotation? Why not bring Johnny Cueto back as fifth starter? Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Giants' top five prospects is an exciting group

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 29:44

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick examines the state of the San Francisco Giants' farm system. He dives into The Athletic's Melissa Lockard's Top 30 Giants prospects list, getting to the top five names. By this point, almost everyone knows that Marco Luciano is considered the Giants' top prospect. But what should we make of his 2021 season? He dominated in Low-A San Jose, but struggled after a promotion to High-A Eugene. He then struggled in the Arizona Fall League as well. Thankfully, his stock hasn't really fallen, because he was so much younger than the competition where he struggled. The sky remains the limit for Luciano. Next on the list, without giving away any spoilers, is some combination of Joey Bart, Luis Matos, Kyle Harrison, and Will Bednar. It's refreshing to have two pitchers emerge within the top five in the system, and Matos' emergence should be exciting for Giants fans. Bart has fallen in recent seasons, but how far? What should fans expect from Bart in 2022, when he's expected to get most of the playing time at the catcher position with Buster Posey deciding to retire? Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Will the Giants go after Kris Bryant or Carlos Correa?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 25:33

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick airs part three of his three-part conversation with Millard Thomas from Locked On D-backs, as the duo continue to discuss the San Francisco Giants' offseason to date. The conversation resumes with Ben and Millard discussing Kris Bryant's free agency, and whether he's likely to return to the Giants after they acquired him in a midseason trade. Next, they discuss the free agencies of Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa. Both agree that Freeman's likely to return to Atlanta, but Correa's fit is harder to pin down. Are the Giants a possible dark horse contender for Correa's services? Finally, the two discuss any last under-the-radar options in free agency. Ben singles out Japanese star Seiya Suzuki and left-handed starter Carlos Rodón as possible fits for the Giants. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    How much worse is the Giants' rotation after losing Kevin Gausman, adding Alex Cobb?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 27:41

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick airs part two of his conversation with Locked On D-backs host Millard Thomas, as the two continue to discuss the San Francisco Giants' offseason to date. The conversation resumes with Millard asking Ben whether the Giants should have signed Kevin Gausman to a five-year deal. Ben explains that it's complicated, and that he had hopes of the Giants bringing him back. However, Ben defends the state of the Giants' rotation as relatively strong, with Logan Webb emerging as an ace, Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood being brought back after strong first seasons in San Francisco, and Alex Cobb being a strong under-the-radar pickup. It's not a complete rotation, but it's a solid one that may be just one big piece away from greatness. Next, Ben and Millard start to discuss the remaining Top 10 free agents from MLB Trade Rumors' Top 50 list. They discuss Nick Castellanos and his potential fits, as well as Trevor Story. Are either possible targets for the Giants? Listen to find out! Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Are the Giants having the worst offseason of any team?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 29:58

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick joins Locked On Diamondbacks host Millard Thomas to discuss the San Francisco Giants' offseason. Millard poses a shocking but thought-provoking question: Are the Giants having the worst offseason of any team in baseball? While Ben certainly does not agree, it's hard to argue with the fact that the Giants have lost some of their best players. Buster Posey retired. Kevin Gausman is a Blue Jay. Kris Bryant is a free agent. While the Giants' rotation may have technically taken a step backward with Alex Cobb essentially replacing Gausman, Ben is happy with the front office's progress so far, bringing back Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood on multi-year deals, after both were quality contributors for San Francisco last year. Logan Webb broke out and emerged as a frontline starter, so overall it's a very solid-looking rotation at this moment in time. That being said, they need to do more. Ben thinks they need to add at least one more quality arm, and probably more. On the position player side, Joey Bart is one of the top catching prospects in baseball, so there is some hope that the Giants have their catcher of the future on the doorstep of the majors. The Giants aren't likely to spend nine figures on anyone, reportedly, but there are several quality position players left who figure to command $50-99 million. Ben thinks the Giants have a lot of offseason left, and will ultimately field a team that will be competitive in 2022 without sacrificing future seasons. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Inbox: Which pitching prospect will start the most games for the 2022 Giants?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 30:38

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the state of the San Francisco Giants. Among the questions asked and answered are: Who in the pitching development pipeline is going to start the most games for the 2022 Giants? Tyler Beede? Sammy Long? Sean Hjelle? Someone else? Do you think Darin Ruf could get regular/everyday playing time in left field next year? Your personal wants/hopes to come out of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement? To piggyback off some of the Carlos Correa questions, why don't they just go after him? With a year left for Evan Longoria, I know Farhan Zaidi can get creative with a trade even if they have to eat a chunk of the salary. After losing Buster Posey and possibly Brandon Belt after next year, Correa becomes the CAPTAIN. Do you think the Giants have moved off of Kris Bryant? It seems they may be willing to let someone else over pay. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Carlos Rodón among intriguing free agents for Giants to consider

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 28:42

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses an ESPN report that had some interesting things to say about the San Francisco Giants. On the one hand, the Giants have tons of room to spend and are expected to spend it. On the other, ESPN's Kiley McDaniel reports that sources indicate the Giants aren't likely to be in on players commanding nine-figure deals. Ben explores some possible middle-of-the-road solutions. He loves Carlos Rodón's upside, and believes he would be a perfect addition to the Giants. Alongside Logan Webb, Alex Wood, Anthony DeSclafani, and Alex Cobb, Rodón would give the Giants one of the best rotations in baseball—albeit one with considerable injury risk. On the position player side, Ben is intrigued by Seiya Suzuki, Michael Conforto, Kyle Schwarber, Nick Castellanos, and Kris Bryant. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Inbox: Surprised the Giants haven't been more aggressive in free agency?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 31:05

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the state of the San Francisco Giants. Among the questions asked and answered are: Are you surprised that the Giants haven't been more aggressive during free agency? Mark Canha, Marcus Stroman, Jon Gray, and Corey Kluber all seemed like very good fits, and the Giants didn't even seem to go after them. With the need to add a right-handed power bat most likely in the outfield and the emergence of LaMonte Wade Jr. is it possible Mike Yastrzemski could be traded? It's already a crowded outfield as it sits. Is a trade the most practical bet for backfilling Kevin Gausman's production with Oakland or Cincinnati? Seems like we need Nick Castellanos to fill the right-handed hole in the lineup and then some. Why not trade for Hunter Renfroe if he was on the market? Plus defender and bat. What are the realistic options at catcher? Can Curt Casali provide enough production (especially defense) to start? Is Joey Bart worth more in a trade vs. a second chance as a starter? Would a Kris Bryant provide enough production to cover for low offensive production at catcher? Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Inbox: Should the Giants target Carlos Correa?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 29:22

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the state of the San Francisco Giants. Among the questions asked and answered are: Should the Giants be in on Carlos Correa? He is one of the only players that has all the traits that the Giants like since Bryce Harper (plate discipline, strikeout rate, defense, and power). He is willing to play 3rd base, and Evan Longoria's one year should not affect his free agent fit. Why not Correa? He's still young. He's an impact bat that we need to replace Buster Posey. He's a premium defender that has said he's open to playing 3rd in the right situation. And, he'd be a great mentor for the young phenom, Marco Luciano. Makes sense to me What is the likelihood they bring back Kris Bryant? o this was the off-season we've all been waiting for from a spending standpoint. Obviously there's a different direction. Where do you see Giants' payroll compared to the league during this new era. Do you ever see the Giants making a big 10-year, $300M+ deal, and if so which player would that be in the future? With so much payroll flexibility in the coming years and a rising farm system, when do you think we sign a cornerstone player in free agency? Which upcoming free agents stand out to you? Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Evan Longoria is now the Giants' one true roster holdover

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 30:22

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the San Francsico Giants' 40-man roster three-plus years into Farhan Zaidi's tenure as president of baseball operations. Only one player is still under a guaranteed contract that was inherited by Zaidi, and it's Evan Longoria. Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford were here when Zaidi took over, but both players were set to reach free agency after 2021, and were brought back in what represents a Zaidi decision. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    ZiPS projections aren't really buying the Giants—again

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 29:39

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the San Francisco Giants' 2022 ZiPS projections. Last season, the Giants outperformed their ZiPS projections more than any team had ever before. In Ben's opinion, the projection failed to take into account the influence of the Giants' new hitting coaches, Donnie Ecker, Justin Viele, and Dustin Lind, who demonstrated an ability to make players better in the short 2020 season. This year, the projections still aren't fully buying the Giants' collective breakout. Brandon Crawford is projected to be good, but not great, and roughly league average offensively. Buster Posey, had he still been playing, would similarly be projected to be more average than great. Brandon Belt is projected to be an above-average hitter, but nothing like the monster he was in 2020 and 2021 when on the field. Ben also explores the projections for the likes of Joey Bart, LaMonte Wade Jr., Mike Yastrzemski, and Kris Bryant. Lastly, he looks at some of the Giants' top pitchers. Logan Webb has an excellent projection, and it seems that the computers agree that Webb has arrived as a front-line starter. Alex Wood, Alex Cobb, and Anthony DeSclafani are projected to be solid second-tier starters behind an ace-like Webb, but the Giants are still missing at least one more trusted arm, it would seem. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Mike Yastrzemski, Giants outfield projected to struggle in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 31:15

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the state of the San Francisco Giants outfield. This was a trouble spot in the last few years under the old regime, and it seemed that Farhan Zaidi had done a nice job of rejuvenating those three positions with the emergence of Mike Yastrzemski, Alex Dickerson, Austin Slater, and Darin Ruf. However, following down years from most of that group, Zaidi and the Giants may be in the hunt for an upgrade in the outfield again. Dickerson was DFA'd recently. Thankfully, LaMonte Wade Jr.'s emergence helped offset the poorer performance from other outfielders. Ben also looks at third base, where Evan Longoria is a borderline platoon candidate thanks to his continued struggles against same-handed pitching. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Giants' staff looks solid with Logan Webb emerging as an ace

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 30:20

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick examines how the San Francisco Giants currently compare to the rest of the league. With Logan Webb leading the rotation (and projected to be an ace), plus the re-signings of Alex Wood and Anthony DeSclafani, plus the addition of Alex Cobb, the Giants' rotation currently projects as baseball's ninth-best. It's a surprisingly good projection, and indicates that with one more big addition the Giants could have a top-five or better staff. Of course, health is not a given, particularly with Wood and Cobb, so more additions will be necessary. Ben also examines the catcher position, wherein the Giants may have a problem on their hands. As we saw in 2020, not having Buster Posey is a major hit to the Giants. With Posey having retired, the position currently belongs to Joey Bart and Curt Casali, neither of whom is projected to be great. In fact, the Giants rank dead last in terms of their Steamer projected WAR at the catcher position. Ben reiterates that the Giants may need to make a significant addition here, but it could be difficult because catching talent is hard to come by. They may just need to find out what they have in Bart, the former No. 2 overall pick in the country. Finally, Ben discusses the Steamer projections for the Giants at first base, second base, and shortstop. Brandon Belt, Tommy La Stella, and Brandon Crawford are projected to give the Giants better-than-average production at each position, with Thairo Estrada serving and a solid backup at the up-the-middle positions. Ben believes there is significant upside beyond the projections at these positions, particularly at short and first where Crawford and Belt have demonstrated in recent seasons that the sky is the limit under the influence of the Giants' new coaches. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Inbox: Is Tyler Beede back in the Giants' rotation plans?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 32:53

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the state of the San Francisco Giants, with baseball's first work stoppage since 1994 underway. Among the questions asked and answered are: What's the plan in the rotation? Are they going to patch it together or make a big trade? Will they see how it goes and re-assess in season? How likely do you think the lack of moves is due to players on the cusp such as Heliot Ramos, Sean Hjelle, Kervin Castro? Is this the year Tyler Beede makes meaningful contributions at the major league level? Which starting pitchers do you see as most realistic trade targets? And what would it take to get them? How do you see the Giants patching up the outfield? Mike Yastrzemski seems he needs to be platooned, so I see them needing a RH and LH OF. Nick Castellanos/Joc Pederson? What do you see as the Giants' biggest need on offense? What players would you target to fit that need? Thoughts on this Forbes story from this morning, "San Francisco Giants' President Is An MLB Team Owner's Dream”? Do you see anyone on the 40 man likely to be traded? Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    LOCKOUT: MLB owners institute baseball's first work stoppage since 1994

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 34:15

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses Major League Baseball's owners initiating the sport's first work stoppage since 1994. He discusses the statements from MLB and the MLBPA, how we got here, and what's likely to happen next. Ben is not optimistic about anything positive getting done for quite some time, and he worries about the very real possibility of games being lost in 2022. Next he discusses the frenzied activity that preceded the lockout. He explores free-agent spending by team, and looks at the San Francisco Giants' spending. Many fans seem to be upset that the team hasn't shopped at the top of the market so far this winter, but they can't be accused of not spending money. They're in the top 25% of teams in terms of spending this winter, and they're top 10 in spending the last two offseasons combined. No, they're not the top spending team or even top five, but they're distinctly in the upper tier and well above the league mean and median. Lastly, Ben takes a look at some of the free-agent starting pitcher classes of years past. From five years ago, it's shocking who were considered the best starters. Ben reminds fans that Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija were big name acquisitions at the time, but neither contract worked out remotely as hoped. He looks at more recent signings like Dallas Keuchel, whom Ben compares to Marcus Stroman. There's a clear trend that starters break down quickly, either with injuries, poor performance, or both. Therefore, it's not shocking that the Giants haven't appeared eager to spend big/commit many years to top-of-the-market free-agent starters. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Giants officially sign Alex Cobb, Alex Wood to two-year deals

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 31:06

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick details the San Francisco Giants' signings of Alex Cobb and Alex Wood. Both starters were among only six in major league baseball last season with at least 90 IP and a K% ≥ 24% and ≥ 50%. Logan Webb was also among the six. The Giants' rotation is now mostly made up of pitchers that possess this rare combination of skills: an ability to keep the ball on the ground, and an ability to strike people out. Wood's deal was announced in the middle of Ben's recording of the show, and he reacts accordingly. Ben also gets into last night's tender deadline, with the Giants making some interesting moves. The club non-tendered pitchers Sam Delaplane and Joe Palumbo, as well as outfielder Luis Gonzalez. Those players were thus removed from the team's 40-man roster, which opened spots for the additions of Cobb and Wood, plus another for an unknown reason. It's possible the Giants making another addition today that hasn't been reported on yet. Additionally, the Giants tendered contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players, including agreements to one-year deals with Austin Slater, Jarlín García, and John Brebbia. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Giants closing in on deals for Alex Wood, Alex Cobb

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 30:44

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the San Francisco Giants seemingly closing in on deals for free-agent starters Alex Wood and Alex Cobb. The team has been rumored to be in hot pursuit of these two pitchers for about a week, and it seems those agreements may finally materialize. Ben addresses that both pitchers come with injury risks, and the Giants' rotation is still worse off than it was last year after the club lost Kevin Gausman to the Toronto Blue Jays. Next, Ben discusses tonight's tender deadline. The Giants already made a move related to this deadline, agreeing to a one-year deal with reliever John Brebbia, avoiding arbitration. It's a deal for less than $1 million, virtually a zero-risk investment in a guy with a Minor Leauge option and a track record of success. The Giants have six other arbitration-eligible players: Mike Yastrzemski, Darin Ruf, Austin Slater, Jarlín García, Dominic Leone, and Curt Casali. Ben strongly believes all six will be tendered contracts, and many are likely to agree to new deals by tonight's deadline. Lastly, Ben discusses the state of the free agent market, with the Giants failing or declining to sign any of the top tier talent that has flown off the board in recent days. Specifically, he wonders aloud whether the Giants saw too much risk in a five-year deal for Gausman, and whether the Giants were realistically willing to match or best the $43.3 million Max Scherzer is going to receive annually over three years. Regardless, Ben expresses strong trust and faith in this front office, which many have doubted every step of the way. Ben believes, among other reasons, their 107-win 2021 was strong evidence as to the front office's competence, and their ability to put together strong teams without necessarily shopping at the top of the market. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Kevin Gausman, Max Scherzer sign elsewhere; Will the Giants make a major move before lockout?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 30:35

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the San Francisco Giants' offseason so far, relative to the rest of the market. Kevin Gausman, obviously a top target of the Giants, signed a new deal with the Blue Jays yesterday for five years, $110 million. It's a strong deal for Gausman, but it actually looks pretty reasonable compared to some of the other names flying off the board. Max Scherzer, another Giants target, signed with the New York Mets for three years, $130 million (a whopping $43.3 million per season, a new record). What does the rest of the market look like? Will the Giants get in on the frenzied activity? There was a report this morning that Alex Wood is getting his physical with the Giants today, so that would give them three solid starters locked up for at least two years in Wood, Anthony DeSclafani, and Logan Webb. They'd still be in an enviable financial situation, with a solid roster and tons of cash available to spend. The question is how much of it they're going to spend. Finally, Ben discusses Mike Yastrzemski officially reaching Super Two status. It's great news for Yaz, who will now make something closer to $3 million than what he otherwise would have made (near the league minimum). Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Giants' deals with Belt, DeSclafani (and potentially Wood) look like Black Friday bargains

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 29:49

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the state of the free-agent market as it pertains to the San Francisco Giants. The market overall has been quite inflated so far, particularly for starting pitchers. Ben explores the numbers behind the inflated prices: years, average annual value, and total guaranteed money are all up across the free-agent market. However, when we look at the contracts given out to Brandon Belt and Anthony DeSclafani (and when we add the expected contract for Alex Wood), the Giants' signings look among the most reasonable in the sport. Their total years would come in below the predicted years. The total money would come in for less than the total predicted money. The AAV would be slightly inflated, but looks mild compared to what we're seeing across the league. Ben explains why he believes signing players to market value deals or below-market deals is important for teams. Finally, Ben discusses the impending expiration of the collective bargaining agreement and the lockout that is likely to follow. That deadline is fast approaching, and we may see a flurry of activity between now and then, with the holiday behind us and the deadline only a few days ahead. Ben wonders what will happen with the Giants, and whether they'll have official deals with Wood and perhaps Alex Cobb by that time. He also talks about the big win for Minor League rights, with MLB finally agreeing to supply housing to all Minor League players (with some exceptions for players making sufficient money) beginning in 2022. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Do the Giants have deals with Alex Wood, Alex Cobb or not?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 28:43

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick asks the question: What's the holdup with the San Francisco Giants' potential signings of Alex Wood and Alex Cobb? Multiple reputable reporters have said in recent days that the Giants were in the final stages of hammering out a deal, so why hasn't anything been announced? Have those potential deals hit a snag, or are the Giants trying to work out a 40-man move to make room ahead of announcing the signing(s)? Assuming those deals get done, Ben looks at where the Giants' 2022 payroll would stand, and compares it to recent years' payrolls. Ben opines that the Giants would still have $40 to $80 million to spend on 2022 payroll alone, putting the Giants in a very enviable position. Especially when we consider that their team would be mostly filled out at that point. They'd have four solid starters in Logan Webb, Anthony DeSclafani, Wood, and Cobb, a mostly complete bullpen, and a solid, platoon-heavy lineup. There are definitely areas that could stand to be upgraded, and they'd still need multiple starting pitchers, but the Giants would be in a great position with most of the free agent class's stars still available, and tons of money available to spend. Finally, Ben discusses the announcement yesterday that the Tender Deadline was moved up to Nov. 30, in order to give some breathing room ahead of a potential lockout starting on Dec. 2. The Tender Deadline was supposed to occur on that date. This is good news for all involved, as it will give non-tendered players a few days to explore their markets and potentially lock in deals ahead of a lockout. The Giants, though, figure to tender contracts to almost all of their arbitration-eligible players. Alex Dickerson seemed like a lock to be non-tendered, but he was DFA'd when they announced the DeSclafani signing. The only possibility to be non-tendered appears to be John Brebbia, though he's a borderline case at a predicted arbitration salary of only $1 million, considering his strong major league track record. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Giants re-sign Anthony DeSclafani for three years, $36 million

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 30:09

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick details the San Francisco Giants' three-year agreement with free-agent starter Anthony DeSclafani. Desclafani was a driving force behind the Giants' miraculous 107-win season in 2021, and he's back on a $36 million deal that's now the largest handed out by Farhan Zaidi in his tenure as Giants president of baseball operations. Rumors have been swirling about other starters as well, with multiple reporters stating that the Giants are finalizing a two-year deal to bring back Alex Wood, and that the Giants are in deep discussions with Alex Cobb. They were also linked to starter Steven Matz in recent days. If the Giants finalize deals for one or two of those additional starters, Ben loves where the Giants would stand from a payroll and talent perspective. They'd still have tons of money to spend just to reach last year's payroll, which they could probably blow past if they wanted to. That would allow them to wait out the markets for top starters like Kevin Gausman and Max Scherzer, or pivot to position players like Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, and Trevor Story. They have roster and financial flexibility, and figure to be among the most aggressive teams in all of baseball this winter. Ben disucsses the roster casualties of the Giants' recent move. Alex Dickerson was DFA'd yesterday to make room for DeSclafani, and his role in helping to transform the Giants will not soon be forgotten. Jay Jackson, a popular reliever from last season, was traded to the Braves for cash and a player to be named later or cash. Jackson had been DFA'd on Friday to make room for the Giants' 40-man additions that protected them from selection in the Rule 5 Draft. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Giants to sign Alex Cobb?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 31:33

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the ongoing San Francisco Giants offseason. Among the questions asked and answered are: Who are some low risk pitchers we might get? Will Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos and Sean Hjelle make the 26-man roster? Which guys left unprotected from the Rule 5 draft do you see getting picked? Do you see Seth Corry getting traded by the draft? Why is it that there are more rumors surrounding position players/outfielders than pitchers for the Giants? Rotation has been the No. 1 concern this offseason, yet (besides Kevin Gausman) there's no talk of Carlos Rodón, Robbie Ray, Marcus Stroman, etc.. Where does Nick Castellanos fit in the Giants' lineup? Outfielder? Potential DH? Which right-handed OF are we getting? Which pitcher will be our No. 2? Chances of getting Seiya Suzuki? Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Could Giants, A's actually swing a major trade this offseason?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 35:31

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick joins Locked On A's host Jason Burke to discuss the possibility of an Oakland A's-San Francisco Giants swap. For the first time in a long time, it really does seem like these two teams could match up on a major trade. First, Jason asks Ben about the Giants' offseason needs. Naturally, as Giants fans know, the need is pitching, pitching, and more pitching. Starting pitching specifically. Ben explains that Logan Webb is the only player under contract for 2022, and that Kevin Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani, and Alex Wood are all free agents. Jason asks Ben to name any A's players the Giants might be interested in, and Ben names Chris Bassitt, Sean Manaea, and Frankie Montas—three good-to-great starters with relatively cheap arbitration years to come. Ben says that Bassitt and Manaea are his preferred targets, because they only have one year of control remaining (Montas has two), and that would make them cheaper for the Giants to acquire. Jason names some possible targets by the A's, including Luis Matos, Jairo Pomares, and Gregory Santos. Ben explains that Matos is flying up prospect rankings and won't be available in almost any trades. Pomares and Santos could be moved, and Ben adds that players who need to be projected from the Rule 5 Draft, as well as out-of-options players, could be available in any trade. Some of those names include Sean Hjelle, Seth Corry, Heliot Ramos, Tyler Beede, and Mauricio Dubón, among others. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    'Daddy's Back!' Brandon Belt accepts Giants' $18.4 million qualifying offer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 27:23

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about the latest with the San Francisco Giants. Brandon Belt accepted the Giants' $18.4 million qualifying offer yesterday, meaning he'll be back at that price in 2022. It's a huge offseason item checked off the list for the Giants, as Brandon Belt has emerged as one of the game's best hitters in recent seasons, and he has emerged as a leader in the clubhouse. Losing Belt and Buster Posey, who retired after the season, would be a big blow to the Giants' culture and lineup. Belt is also an excellent defensive first baseman, so it's great to have him locked up for at least one more year. Belt was the only player among 14 who received the qualifying offer to accept it. Last season, Kevin Gausman was one of just two players to accept the offer, and it worked out beautifully for San Francisco. Ben next discusses Giants general manager Scott Harris telling KNBR's Kerry Crowley yesterday that the team hoped to cross the finish line with one or two pitchers in the next week. In the last few years, anytime either Harris or Farhan Zaidi has said something like that, it has come to fruition. So that's something fans should be on the lookout for in the coming days. Another starting pitcher, Justin Verlander, came off the board yesterday with a stunning two-year, $50 million deal with the Astros (the second year is a fully guaranteed player option). Four of the 22 starters to appear on the Top 50 Free Agents lists by MLB Trade Rumors, ESPN, and FanGraphs have already signed. The Giants will need to get in that market sooner or later, and it's worth pointing out that the pitchers who have signed have received more years, a higher AAV, and more total money than predicted by the three sources mentioned above. Finally, Ben discusses a Marcus Semien rumor and the fact that tomorrow is the deadline for teams to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from selection in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. The Semien rumor, courtesy of the Seattle Times, states that the Mariners may need to offer the player a five-year deal in the $150 million range to keep him from the Giants or Yankees on a four-year deal. Ben discusses Semien's potential fit in San Francisco and how he would make the Giants' infield defense among the very best in baseball. Ben discusses which players need to be protected by adding them to the 40-man, and gets listeners set for tomorrow's deadline. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Brandon Belt's qualifying offer decision due today; Gabe Kapler wins Manager of the Year award in landslide

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 28:24

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the latest with the San Francisco Giants. Today is the deadline for players tagged with the one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer to accept or reject the offer. Brandon Belt was among 14 players around the league who received the offer. Ben explains everything the QO is (and is not), and makes a prediction about what Belt will ultimately decide. Ben gives detailed thoughts about why Belt would accept the offer, and why he would reject it. Ben ultimately lands on Belt rejected the qualifying offer, because he thinks Belt could get a two- or three-year deal worth around $15 million per season. When healthy, Belt has been among the very best hitters in baseball since the start of the 2020 season, trialing only Mike Trout and Bryce Harper in wRC+ among players with at least 500 plate appearances since '20. Ben also discusses the state of the starting pitcher free agent market, with Noah Syndergaard and Eduardo Rodriguez coming off the board in recent days. The trend in the market right now is that players are receiving more than their average predicted contracts by MLB Trade Rumors, ESPN, and FanGraphs. Ben ponders what this means for the Giants, who must enter the starting pitcher market in a big way this offseason. Specifically regarding high-upside pitchers with injury concerns, Syndergaard's hefty one-year deal may mean Justin Verlander and Carlos Rodón will have even more robust markets than imagined, and may cause the Giants to pivot to another segment of the market. Finally, Ben discusses Gabe Kapler winning NL Manager of the Year in a landslide. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Giants extend Gabe Kapler through 2024; Farhan Zaidi named Executive of the Year

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 29:07

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the latest with the San Francisco Giants. Gabe Kapler was extended through 2024, in a move that shouldn't come as a surprise. He's coming off a 107-win season, and was going to be entering the final year of his original deal. This extension was a foregone conclusion, assuming he wanted to remain with the Giants. The Giants also made three waiver claims recently, nabbing off waivers RHP Hunter Harvey, OF Austin Dean, and LHP Joe Palumbo. All three were added to the club's 40-man roster, which currently stands at 38. Ben gives a brief scouting report on the three claims, and concludes that Harvey seems most likely to stick, where he could carve out a role in the bullpen. Friday is the deadline for teams to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. The Giants will need to make several adds, which could force one or more of these recently claimed players to be designated for assignment. Finally, Ben discusses Giants president of baseball operations winning the fourth annual Executive of the Year award, which is voted on by other heads of baseball ops. Zaidi joins past winners Billy Beane, Erik Neander, and Andrew Friedman, two of whom are his former bosses. Zaidi's role in shaping this year's 107-win team is undeniable, and it was a truly amazing achievement. Ben also discusses the Giants hiring hitting coach Pedro Guerrero to replace Donnie Ecker, Mark Hallberg being promoted to third base coach, and Taira Uematsu being promoted from bullpen catcher to Assistant Coach. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Inbox: Will Joey Bart be the Giants' primary catcher on Opening Day 2022?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 30:06

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the San Francisco Giants' 2021-22 offseason. Among the questions asked and answered are: Chances the team signs/trades for a veteran catcher vs. letting Joey Bart go in as their No. 1 choice for the catching position? Do you think Bart will actually start Opening Day? Or do you think the Giants will trade for the Yankees or Cubs starting catchers (Gary Sanchez, Willson Contreras), who only have one year remaining on their current contract, and have Bart No. 2 for the whole season and Curt Casali No. 3? Your thoughts on Brian Sabean vs. Farhan Zaidi after 3 seasons? Not results but more style, persona, media engagement, management style. What is the likelihood the Giants do at least one trade involving a mid-tier MLB player? They have a surplus of quality outfield prospects that should be attractive to many teams. Which current Giants pitching prospect has the best chance to make the starting rotation with an impressive spring training performance? Logan Webb extension: when? Do you like the Giants trading for someone like Jose Ramirez? Or is signing someone like Marcus Semien more likely? The Giants' offseason is going to be just as frustrating as the trade deadline, huh? Will they sign someone before December 1? Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Top free-agent position players for the Giants to pursue

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 28:26

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the top free-agent position players for the San Francisco Giants to pursue. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi recently told The Athletic's Andy Baggarly "We'll be in that outfield market and adding another right-handed bat, particularly one that hits for power with good at-bat quality, kind of fits our team.” So Ben decides to look at all right-handed hitters on any of MLB Trade Rumors, ESPN, or FanGraphs' Top 50 free agents lists, and he eliminates players with below-average chase rates. As a result, he's left with Kris Bryant, Chris Taylor, Seiya Suzuki, Mark Canha, and Tommy Pham. Ben examines the average predicted contract for each, and discusses which players make sense for the Giants and which don't. He then examines the players who were eliminated based on not having better-than-average chase rates in 2021. Those players were Nick Castellanos, Starling Marte, Avisaíl García, and Jorge Soler. Castellanos, García, and Soler rate as well-below-average defenders by Statcast Outs Above Average. Among this group, Ben considers Marte the best fit, and his ability to hit for average and make contact could be part of "at-bat quality" Zaidi was referring to. Finally, Ben looks at right-handed infielders who might match Zaidi's criteria. He lands on one big name near the top of the list as a prime potential target: Marcus Semien. Semien had a monster season in Toronto, and now seems in line for a deal in the five-year, $125M range. Ben considers that a pretty strong buy considering Semien's all-around excellence. He hits for power, has elite discipline, plays great middle infield defense, is a plus base-runner and runner in general, and is known as a great clubhouse presence. For all of these reasons, Ben thinks he may be one of the more attractive free-agent options for this Giants this offseason. He would play second base, giving the Giants a potentially elite infield defense, if Brandon Belt returns. Tommy La Stella could move to DH duties more regularly, assuming it comes to the National League in 2022. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Top free agent starting pitchers for the Giants to pursue

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 30:01

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick looks at which of the top free-agent starting pitchers the San Francisco Giants may pursue and why. He looks at the top 50 lists for MLB Trade Rumors, ESPN, and FanGraphs, examining each predicted contract for the 18 starters on MLBTR's list. Among the starters examined today are Kevin Gausman, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Noah Syndergaard, Robbie Ray, Marcus Stroman, and Jon Gray. A trend that emerges is that the Giants will probably be looking for guys on shorter-term deals, for the most part. There is a lot of risk with long-term deals for pitchers, and there are some prime candidates on the market that could be seeking short-term deals for whatever reason. The one guy who may warrant a longer-term deal from the Giants is Gausman. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    Predicted contracts for Kris Bryant, Kevin Gausman, other notable Giants free agents

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 31:09

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick discusses the predicted contracts for San Francisco Giants free agents Kris Bryant, Kevin Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood, and Brandon Belt. He examines the Top 50 Free Agents lists for MLB Trade Rumors, ESPN, and FanGraphs, each of whom make a prediction for what the ultimate contract will be that each player signs. Ben thinks FanGraphs is way off on a few of their predictions, most notably for Gausman. There is a fascinating amount of variance for Gausman and Bryant. The sources seem to agree most on DeSclafani and Wood, but even then there isn't exactly consensus. Ben admits that he thinks ESPN's predictions are the most accurate for Gausman and Bryant, and that the Bryant contract will represent a shock to a lot of people. He thinks the DeSclafani and Wood predictions are reasonable, and that at those prices Wood represents a better buy. Regarding Belt, Ben thinks that all three sources are off. Two expect Belt to accept the qualifying offer, and one comes in on a two-year deal that's barely above the QO. Ben expects Belt to do better after the top-tier offensive success he's had across 2020-21, even though he has been injured a lot. Follow & Subscribe to the Locked On Giants Podcast on these platforms

    BONUS EPISODE: Is Buster Posey a Hall of Famer? (with Javier Reyes)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 38:57

    Ben Kaspick from the Locked On Giants podcast and Javier Reyes from the Locked On Padres podcast discuss Buster Posey's Hall of Fame candidacy. Ben explains why he believe Posey should be a lock for Cooperstown, and the two discuss all of the current flaws bogging down Hall of Fame discourse. Ben also gets into Barry Bonds' candidacy, and how the whole process has caused Giants fans to become jaded. Watch Daily on YouTube http://bit.ly/LOGYouTube

    Inbox: Should the Giants target Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 30:32

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the San Francisco Giants' offseason. Among the questions asked and answered are: Likelihood the Giants sign Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander? Will the 2022 rotation be Logan Webb, Scherzer, Verlander, Kevin Gausman, Clayton Kershaw? Starling Marte: better option than Chris Taylor now that Taylor has a qualifying offer tied to him? Was Alex Wood really not worth the qualifying offer? With the way he pitched in the postseason, I thought he would be worth the one-year deal, especially when $22 million unexpectedly freed up with Buster Posey's retirement. Surprised Anthony DeSclafani didn't get qualifying offer? Chances 0 to 100 Giants find a way to sign him anyway? If Brandon Belt doesnt accept the Giants' qualifying offer, who are our first-base options (in house and potential signings)? Do you see Reds starter Luis Castillo as a good fit for a short-term deal for market rebuilding? He had a down year, and the Giants have lots of history with that front office. Watch Daily on YouTube http://bit.ly/LOGYouTube

    Giants exercise options on Flores, Álvarez, drop Cueto, extend qualifying offer to Belt

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 30:38

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick details a busy weekend that was for the San Francisco Giants. Sunday was a day of forced action, as qualifying offer and option decisions had to be made. The Giants exercised their options for Wilmer Flores ($3.5M) and José Álvarez ($1.5M), and officially declined their $22M option for Johnny Cueto, in favor of a $5M buyout. Flores and Álvarez were strong contributors for the Giants in 2021, and it's good news for the team that they'll be back next year, both in the final year of their deals with San Francisco. Cueto is officially a free agent after six mostly underwhelming years with the Giants. His first season in orange and black was spectacular, but he wasn't able to come anywhere close to it again over the final five. The Giants extended a one-year, $18.4M qualifying offer to Brandon Belt. There was some possibility that they might extend qualifying offers to Anthony DeSclafani and/or Alex Wood, but both were unlikely and the team ultimately elected to pass. This doesn't mean that they won't be back; just that they didn't extend them qualifying offers. Belt will have 10 days to accept or reject the Giants' offer. If he signs with another team this offseason, the Giants will receive Draft Pick compensation. Belt is a candidate to accept the offer, but he could also work out an extension to stay in San Francisco. Finally, Ben discusses Brandon Crawford winning his fourth career Gold Glove Award. He was spectacular defensively in 2021, which is a testament to his own hard work and the influence of Kai Correa and Ron Wotus. The Giants' new coaching staff has done a tremendous job getting the most out of players since taking over in 2020, and that includes Correa and his influence over the defense. Crawford, Belt, and Buster Posey were all at or near their best in 2021 despite being in their mid-30s. Ben reminds listeners of how significant of a loss it was when hitting coach Donnie Ecker accepted a position as bench coach and offensive coordinator with the Texas Rangers last week. Mike Yastrzemski was a Gold Glove finalist in right field, but he did not win the award. Still, it's an honor just for Yaz to have been named a finalist. Watch Daily on YouTube http://bit.ly/LOGYouTube BONUS CONTENT: https://bit.ly/BenKaspickYouTube Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors!Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline AG There is only 1 place that has you covered and 1 place we trust. Betonline.ag! Sign up today for a free account at betonline.ag and use that promocode: LOCKEDON for your 50% welcome bonus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Buster Posey says goodbye

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 32:02

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick, host Ben Kaspick tries to come to grips with Buster Posey's official retirement. His press conference on Thursday was moving, and it's hard to believe it's really the end. Watch Daily on YouTube http://bit.ly/LOGYouTube BONUS CONTENT: https://bit.ly/BenKaspickYouTube Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline AG There is only 1 place that has you covered and 1 place we trust. Betonline.ag! Sign up today for a free account at betonline.ag and use that promocode: LOCKEDON for your 50% welcome bonus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Buster Posey to retire

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 29:29

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick breaks down the news that Buster Posey has decided to retire after 12 major league seasons. He leaves the game as one of the best catchers of all time, and he should be in line for induction into Cooperstown one day. Posey changed the Giants from the minute he burst onto the scene in 2010, a year in which he ultimately won Rookie of the Year and led the Giants to their first ever championship in San Francisco. Two years later, he was the MVP and he won another ring. Two years after that, another ring. All the while, Posey just kept on being one of the best players in baseball. Since his debut in 2009, only Mike Trout has amassed more FanGraphs wins above replacement. Hall of Fame guru Jay Jaffe considers Posey a lock for induction one day. Ben relives some of the best moments of Posey's career, from the rings to Matt Cain's perfect game to the grand slam off Matt Latos in 2012 NLDS Game 5. Posey won multiple Silver Sluggers, was selected to seven All-Star teams (and was snubbed a few more times), won a Gold Glove, and was Comeback Player of the Year twice. It will be hard to find a more decorated career in baseball history. Finally, Ben attempts to turn the page to what comes next for San Francisco. They've been so fortunate to be able to write Posey's name into the lineup most days for 12 years, but that's no longer an option. The team has one more year of control over Curt Casali, who can be retained for roughly $2M if the club so desires. The free agent market for catchers is bleak. There are some possible trade candidates, and of course Joey Bart is waiting in the wings. Ben is still not convinced that Bart is ready following his difficult-to-watch debut season in 2020. Bart's struggles, despite being considered one baseball's best prospects, is a perfect illustration of how truly special Posey was. He couldn't have been much better, and the franchise couldn't have been more fortunate to have him wear the orange and black for his entire career, from start to finish. Watch Daily on YouTube http://bit.ly/LOGYouTube BONUS CONTENT: https://bit.ly/BenKaspickYouTube Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors!Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline AG There is only 1 place that has you covered and 1 place we trust. Betonline.ag! Sign up today for a free account at betonline.ag and use that promocode: LOCKEDON for your 50% welcome bonus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    San Francisco Giants 2021-22 Offseason Primer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 28:23

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick details the key dates and deadlines for the San Francisco Giants' 2021-22 offseason. Things kick off with a five-day window during which time teams and players must make decisions on options and opt-outs, and teams must decide who among their eligible players to tag with the qualifying offer. The Giants hold club options over Buster Posey, Johnny Cueto, Wilmer Flores, and José Álvarez, and Ben expects the Giants to pick up the options for all but Cueto. Posey is a possible extension candidate, and there is a possibility he could choose to retire. The club also must decide whether to tag Brandon Belt, Anthony DeSclafani, and Alex Wood (the only three realistic candidates) with the one-year, $18.4M qualifying offer. Once the deadline for all of that activity passes on Sunday, free agency officially kicks off on Monday, Nov. 8. Ten days from Nov. 7, players must decide whether to accept or reject teams' qualifying offers. Two days later, on Nov. 19, teams must add eligible players to their 40-man roster if they want to protect them from selection in the Rule 5 Draft, which is scheduled to take place in early December. The Giants have several of their better prospects eligible for selection, including Heliot Ramos, Sean Hjelle, and Seth Corry. The biggest deadline of all comes on Dec. 1 at 11:59 PM Eastern, when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire. If MLB and the MLBPA don't reach an agreement on a new CBA by that time, the league may institute a lockout and a transactions freeze. All major-league dates and deadlines thereafter could be put on hold until a new CBA agreement is reached. That would affect the tender deadline, free agency, trades, and the Winter Meetings. Watch Daily on YouTube http://bit.ly/LOGYouTube BONUS CONTENT: https://bit.ly/BenKaspickYouTube Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline AG There is only 1 place that has you covered and 1 place we trust. Betonline.ag! Sign up today for a free account at betonline.ag and use that promocode: LOCKEDON for your 50% welcome bonus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Inbox: Should the Giants bring back Adam Duvall?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 30:58

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the San Francisco Giants' offseason. Among the questions asked and answered are: Thoughts on the Giants going for one of the four Braves outfielders if they don't re-sign? Eddie Rosario and Jorge Soler are free agents; Adam Duvall and Joc Pederson have options. Why haven't the Giants extended Gabe Kapler? Isn't his contract up next year? Never want a lame duck manager. Seems the Giants would be smart to try to extend Farhan Zaidi too, while they're at it. How is a potential universal designated hitter going to change the Giants off-season plans? Do you think the idea of the Giants having to overpay hitters to lure them to the Bay are finally over with, now that they led the league in HR? More likely to come back: Brandon Belt or Kris Bryant. Who would you rather have? Watch Daily on YouTube http://bit.ly/LOGYouTube BONUS CONTENT: https://bit.ly/BenKaspickYouTube Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline AG There is only 1 place that has you covered and 1 place we trust. Betonline.ag! Sign up today for a free account at betonline.ag and use that promocode: LOCKEDON for your 50% welcome bonus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Tommy La Stella undergoes left Achilles surgery

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 26:06

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick, host Ben Kaspick talks about three things we learned this weekend with the San Francisco Giants. Tommy La Stella, who received the largest contact handed out by Farhan Zaidi in San Francisco last offseason, had a disappointing first season in San Francisco. He was injured several times, and most recently his left Achilles bothered him down the stretch and kept him out of some key games. He met with a specialist last week, and ultimately ended up having surgery. He is expected to be back at full strength in four months, but you never know with these things. The Giants may need additional insurance at second base, as Donovan Solano is a free agent and their depth chart there currently looks something like Wilmer Flores, Thairo Estrada, Jason Vosler, and Mauricio Dubón. The Giants also suffered a big blow in the world of coaching on Monday. Donnie Ecker, one of the Giants' hitting coaches responsible for turning this team's offense around over the past two seasons, is leaving for the Texas Rangers, where he'll be bench coach and offensive coordinator, in charge of offensive development at the major and minor league levels. Ecker is considered a rising star in the industry, and this moves him one step closer to potentially becoming a manager. But it stings for the Giants, although manager Gabe Kapler is known for constantly keeping tabs on coaches who would be next in line if one of their own departs. This is par for the course for a team that shocked the industry by winning a franchise-record 107 games. Finally, Ben discusses Buster Posey winning his second Comeback Player of the Year Award. It was a tremendous bounceback season for Posey (in part thanks to Ecker, no doubt), after he opted out of the 2020 season and had struggled to below-average offensive performance in 2019. Several Giants veterans enjoyed career years in 2021, thanks to the Giants' new coaches hired by Kapler. Watch Daily on YouTube http://bit.ly/LOGYouTube BONUS CONTENT: https://bit.ly/BenKaspickYouTube Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline AG There is only 1 place that has you covered and 1 place we trust. Betonline.ag! Sign up today for a free account at betonline.ag and use that promocode: LOCKEDON for your 50% welcome bonus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    State of San Francisco Giants' pitching staff entering offseason

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 26:38

    On today's Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick details the state of the San Francisco Giants' pitching staff. Logan Webb emerged as an ace in 2021 and in the postseason, and he is under club control for four more seasons, but the rest of the starting rotation is a great unknown. Ben expects Kevin Gausman to be re-signed on a multiyear deal in excess of $100M, and he also expects one of Anthony DeSclafani or Alex Wood to be retained. However, that would still leave San Francisco with two open spots in the starting rotation, and of course it takes more than just five starters to get through a season these days. Ben discusses some possible solutions on the free agent market, from top shelf options like Max Scherzer and Robbie Ray, to pitchers looking for pillow contracts like Noah Syndergaard and Justin Verlander. Also discussed on today's show is the state of the Giants' quietly excellent bullpen. They led the majors in bullpen ERA in 2021, and only Tony Watson is set to reach free agency. The Giants have years of control and roster flexibility in their 'pen, which is an enviable position to be in. Camilo Doval and Kervin Castro have many years of control and are optionable if necessary, and under-the-radar guys like Tyler Rogers, Jake McGee, and Jarlín García are good and retainable as well. Watch Daily on YouTube http://bit.ly/LOGYouTube BONUS CONTENT https://bit.ly/BenKaspickYouTube Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline AG There is only 1 place that has you covered and 1 place we trust. Betonline.ag! Sign up today for a free account at betonline.ag and use that promocode: LOCKEDON for your 50% welcome bonus. Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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