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Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
Report: SF Giants interested in Kolten Wong

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 29:53


Kolten Wong to the San Francisco Giants? According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the SF Giants are among the teams interested in trading for Kolten Wong, the left-handed-hitting second baseman under contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are likely to trade Wong, who's owed $10M in the final year of his contract, this offseason. Wong is historically someone who's hit right-handed pitching pretty well, and he has historically been one of the game's best defensive second basemen. Interestingly, Kolten Wong took a major step back defensively in 2022 according to most advanced defensive metrics, but it's generally best to look in three-season samples when dealing with such metrics. Given that he's only signed for one more year and is owed $10M, the cost to acquire Wong seemingly wouldn't be too high. A viral tweet by MLB Network is discussed. In the tweet, MLB Network put out a San Francisco Giants projected lineup that included Aaron Judge. Social media went to work dunking on the SF Giants for an extremely weak looking lineup. On the one hand, it certainly doesn't inspire a ton of confidence, even with Judge. On the other hand, that lineup is essentially the same one that was above average at scoring runs in 2022. Every single member of the projected lineup, except for the No. 9 hitter Joey Bart, has been above average by wRC+ over the last three seasons. The Giants certainly shouldn't roll into 2023 with a lineup like that if they were to sign Judge, but it's also not nearly as listless as some are making it out to be. Switching gears, how should the progress of some young players on the SF Giants' roster be evaluated? Thairo Estrada, Joey Bart, and David Villar are given a closer look. Estrada had a legitimately strong season that flew somewhat under the radar. He amassed 14 home runs and 21 steals, and overall was the Giants' best position player by fWAR. Joey Bart struggled with strikeouts as expected in 2022. He was pretty bad to start the year, got better, and then regressed to a rolling K% back near 50% over the final month-plus of the season. David Villar is definitely someone to watch moving forward. The power is legit, he won the PCL MVP Award, and he could be a breakout candidate for the Giants in 2023, or he could potentially be trade bait this offseason if the Giants want to make a big splash. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
Morosi: 'There's a legitimate chance that Aaron Judge becomes a San Francisco Giant'

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 28:56


While San Francisco Giants fans range from hopeful to skeptical about the team's chances of landing Aaron Judge, MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi said on Thursday "There's a legitimate chance that Aaron Judge becomes a San Francisco Giant." Judge's favorite player growing up, Rich Aurilia, went on KNBR on Wednesday and said that Morosi told him the Giants' odds of landing Judge were 50 percent, whereas the combined odds of the Yankees plus everybody else equaled 50 percent. That would mean, in essence, that Morosi views the SF Giants as the most likely team to come away with Judge. Morosi also said that the Giants would need to prove to Judge that they can win around him, but all indications are that that is their intention. He also said that the Giants might need to get closer to $40M per year to come away with Judge. As has been suggested on this show, something like 8/$320M ($40M AAV) could possibly get a deal done. The Yankees' reported offer on the table to judge is 8/$300M ($37.5M AAV). If the San Francisco Giants are able to land Aaron Judge, what else would they do around him? It all depends on how high they're willing to push their payroll. Adding Judge would push them beyond where they've been in recent years, but they also have a lot of future flexibility with almost no guarantees on the books for 2024 and literally $0 committed in 2025 and beyond. So it's not out of the question that that could carry a $200M+ payroll in 2023, and they could go lower in 2024 if they wanted to. The Giants are set to receive $30M from the sale of BAMTech to Disney. The first luxury tax threshold is $233M in 2023, and the SF Giants are nowhere near it. Adding Judge, Carlos Correa, and Carlos Rodón at roughly their predicted AAV's would push the Giants to about $225M, still underneath the first luxury tax threshold. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
Can the SF Giants top the Yankees' reported offer to Aaron Judge?

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 30:48


The New York Yankees' approximate offer to Aaron Judge was reported today by ESPN's Jeff Passan. Is it something the San Francisco Giants will be able to exceed? The Yankees' offer to Judge, according to Passan, is around eight years and $300 million. That would be an average annual value (AAV) of $37.5M. That would make Aaron Judge the highest-paid position player in baseball on a per-season basis, surpassing Mike Trout's $35.5M. However, Bryce Harper's $330M total guarantee would still stand as the largest free-agent deal ever handed out. The SF Giants should be able to match or exceed the Yankees' reported offer, but it stands to reason that New York is willing to go higher than their standing offer of $300M. If the Giants miss out on Judge—and heaven forbid he ends up on the Dodgers or something—what should they do? They're perhaps even somewhat likely to sign Carlos Correa if Judge falls off the board. Judge is clearly their top target, but Correa seems to have emerged as their second choice. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area has consistently reported as such over the last few days and weeks, and other local journalists have echoed this sentiment. Correa is 2.5 years younger than Judge, and is likely to command a similar number of years. When all is said and done, Judge is the best right now and is certainly the most likely to drive fan interest and ticket sales, but Correa might be a better fit from a long-term perspective. If the Giants miss out on Judge and Correa, there are still other top shortstops, and there are some really good top-of-the-rotation arms, and center fielder Brandon Nimmo. A lot is expected to happen at the upcoming Winter Meetings in San Diego, which kick off on Sunday. Would the Giants consider just letting their young guys play if they miss out on free agents? Could Bryce Johnson do what Cody Bellinger does? The SF Giants seem unlikely to just let their young guys sink or swim their 2023 season. The Giants are determined to put a far more compelling team on the field next year, and they certainly should feel pressure to get back to the playoffs. It's hard to envision a scenario in which they don't come away with a much better looking team on paper going into 2023. That being said, their organizational philosophy is to always create opportunities for younger players who are deserving of such chances. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants mailbag: How upset will fans be if they don't sign a big name?

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 32:44


How upset will fans of the San Francisco Giants be if the team misses out on all of the top talent this offseason? The Giants' top target is clearly Aaron Judge, and a resolution could come within a week. Judge may very well end up back in New York, but there's also a chance he ends up elsewhere. Can you imagine the reaction if the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Aaron Judge? Giants fans would go absolutely ballistic. If Judge signs anywhere other than San Francisco, it's been pretty clearly reported that Carlos Correa is their next target. But what if the miss on him as well, and essentially don't land any top players? There's always the trade market, but the Giants' preferred method for adding top talent this winter should be cold hard cash. What's the latest with the SF Giants' reported interest in Kenley Jansen? About a week and a half ago, it was reported that the Giants were discussing a two-year contract with the former Dodgers closer. But we haven't heard anything since. It's possible that those reports were planted by an agent. No new reports have emerged on Jansen in the last 10 days or so, so it's unclear where the San Francisco Giants stand—and whether or not those original reports were even true. Other questions addressed on today's mailbag Locked On Giants: Have the Giants overused or underused platoons under Gabe Kapler? What do you make of Kapler's comments in The Athletic at the end of the season when he said he likes platooning and finds using a lot of pinch hitters "fun"? Could the Giants look to unload Tommy La Stella in a bad contract swap? Might they attach a top prospect in order to move the $11.5 million he's owed in 2023? Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants mailbag: What price for Aaron Judge would be too high?

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 34:35


Aaron Judge is the San Francisco Giants' top target, but at what point should they bow out and pivot to other targets? Aaron Judge is expected to command an eight, nine, or 10-year deal worth north of $300 million. If his deal is for eight years, over $40 million per year would probably be "too high". An eight-year deal for $40M per year would be $320M. If it's nine years, the SF Giants probably wouldn't want to go higher than $37M per season (which would come out to $333M in total). If Judge gets 10 years, the Giants might want to pivot to other options, but assuming they'd be willing to pay Aaron Judge through his age-40 season, anything north of $340M total would arguably be too high. Is it Aaron Judge or bust for the San Francisco Giants? What should they do if the miss out on Judge? There are lots of other good options out there, but none would be as big of a splash as Judge. Carlos Correa should be their next-highest target, with Trea Turner also in the conversation (but we have it on pretty good authority that he won't want to come to San Francisco). Brandon Nimmo, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson are other good options, as are the top starting pitchers such as Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander, and Carlos Rodón. Why all the talk of free-agent shortstops when the SF Giants already have top prospect Marco Luciano? And what about Thairo Estrada, who would theoretically block one of the free-agent SS from playing second base? The Giants believe Estrada can move all over the diamond if need be, and most scouts believe Luciano won't be able to stick at shortstop and will end up at third base or in left field. Speaking of Luciano, whom is he worth trading for? Rafael Devers, who could theoretically be available this winter? Shohei Ohtani? Corbin Burnes? All this and more discussed on today's Locked On Giants podcast. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
Aaron Judge pursuit tops SF Giants gratitude list

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 28:20


Despite the legitimate fan angst, there really is a lot to be grateful for as a fan of the San Francisco Giants. The 2022 season with a big letdown, but in a lot of ways the SF Giants' .500 record likely motivated them to have a big offseason this winter. The Giants are linked to all of the top free agents, including Aaron Judge, who is reportedly the Giants' top target. Reports indicate the San Francisco Giants are looking to add two outfielders, a middle infielder, and a starting pitcher this winter, and they're likely to add depth pieces as well, including addressing the bullpen. Not every team can claim to have such interest in adding talent, and it's very much something to be grateful for as a Giants fan. The Giants are also starting from a pretty good baseline win projection, according to the ZiPS projection system featured on FanGraphs. The projection system has the SF Giants at 83 wins—before accounting for any offseason additions. That projection doesn't include Carlos Rodón, since he is a free agent. It's a pretty good place to start considering the first item on the list, that the San Francisco Giants are likely to be very active this winter. Add, say, Aaron Judge, a center fielder, a shortstop, and an ace pitcher, and it's not hard to see the Giants with a projection of 90-95 wins. The state of the SF Giants' farm system is also something to be grateful for. While they've fallen or stalled out in a lot of subjective rankings in the last couple of years, there's something unique about this moment in time as a Giants fan regarding their farm system. Finally, after years of waiting, their top prospects are getting closer to the major leagues. Marco Luciano stalled out a bit in 2022, but Kyle Harrison dominated in Double-A and is a strong candidate to make a legitimate impact in 2023. Casey Schmitt has flown under the radar as perhaps the Giants' best position player prospect, and he ended the season with a handful of games in Triple-A, so he's also on the doorstep to the majors. All in all, it's a pretty good time to be a Giants fan. Now they just need to execute their offseason plans. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
Report: Steph Curry involved in SF Giants' two-day pitch to Aaron Judge

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 29:38


The San Francisco Giants seemingly will stop at nothing to lure Aaron Judge home. Judge, a native of nearby Linden, CA, would be the Giants' most significant free-agent addition since Barry Bonds. The Giants met with Judge on Monday night and again pretty much all day on Tuesday, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic. Part of the SF Giants' pitch reportedly involved connecting Aaron Judge with Steph Curry, whose Warriors play down the street from the Giants' Oracle Park. Joc Pederson, Brandon Crawford, and Logan Webb also took to instagram in an attempt to recruit the Judge, whose 62 home runs in 2022 set the American League record. Judge was a near unanimous pick for AL MVP. Aaron Judge has also made it clear that his top priority is winning, and many have said that this makes the Giants less likely. But Dan Szymborski's 2023 ZiPS projections, which account for current rosters (so no free agents are assigned to any team) has the Giants projected at 83 wins vs. the Yankees' 85. Take Judge off the Yankees and suddenly they don't look like such a great team right now. They have a ton of money locked up to aging or underperforming players, so it could actually be argued that the San Francisco Giants are in a better spot in terms of projecting into future seasons. Relatedly, Baseball Prospectus' top Giants prospects list came out a few days ago, and once again they're high on the SF Giants' farm system. They're led by Marco Luciano and Kyle Harrison, as expected, although Luciano is more volatile now that he has been in the past. Harrison, whom Szymborski mentions as part of the reason ZiPS is relatively high on the Giants despite the absence of Carlos Rodón, is considered one of the best pitching prospects in baseball and BP suggests his ceiling is that he could be one of the best pitchers in the game. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
Aaron Judge seen in San Francisco, reportedly meeting with SF Giants today

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 31:22


The San Francisco Giants are meeting with Aaron Judge TODAY. Aaron Judge was captured on camera last night arriving at a hotel in San Francisco. Shortly afterwards, multiple reporters indicated that the SF Giants are meeting with Judge on Tuesday. Judge indicated in the video clip that he was there to visit friends and family, but it was obvious that the Giants are also in his plans. While the notion of Judge meeting with the Giants is exciting, it should be noted that it's not particularly surprising. The Giants' interest in Judge is well established at this point, and it's common for major free agents to sit down with interested teams. The SF Giants are a real threat to steal Judge from New York, but smart money still has him returning to the Yankees. Is there another free agent who, objectively speaking, might make even more sense than Judge? Carlos Correa is nearly three years younger, he can hit, he can defend, he's athletic, he's a leader, and the Dodgers hate him. Checks pretty much all of the boxes. Yes, he was central to the Astros' sign stealing that tainted their success in the late 2010s, but Correa is several years removed from those revelations and has continued to be an impact player. He has indicated that he's willing to sign somewhere if the money is right, and the Giants should have the motivation and means to make him an offer he can't refuse. It's not impossible to envision the Giants coming away with both Judge and one of the star free-agent shortstops. But the Giants will also need their farm system to start producing major league talent in 2023, and they might be well on their way with the likes of Casey Schmitt reaching the upper minors. Schmitt, along with catcher Patrick Bailey, won Minor League Gold Glove awards on Tuesday. Schmitt is an elite defensive third baseman, who's also spent some time at short. He has a chance to make a real impact on the MLB team in 2023. Bailey was the Giants' first-round pick in 2020, and has mostly been a disappointment thus far. But it's not hard to find good qualities to his game, as evidenced by his Gold Glove Award, 15% walk rate, and near .200 isolated power in High-A this season. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants interested in Mitch Haniger, Kenley Jansen

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 26:22


The San Francisco Giants are reportedly interested in free agents Mitch Haniger and Kenley Jansen. Haniger is a good hitter who's from the area, but has dealt with injuries (sometimes fluky ones, like when he ruptured a testicle on a foul ball) and has been an inconsistent defender. It's hard to envision a scenario in which the Giants want to add both Aaron Judge and Haniger, because they're both corner outfielders. Judge can play center, but it's beleived that the SF Giants want truly elite defense up the middle, so players like Kevin Kiermaier, Cody Bellinger, and even Brandon Nimmo might make the most sense in that regard. Kenley Jansen is one of the best relievers in baseball history. He's now 35 years old, but he had another really good season for the 101-win Braves in 2022, notching 41 saves with a 3.38 ERA. It's unclear whether Jansen would take the closer's role from the young flamethrower Camilo Doval, or if he would accept a role as a non-closer. Regardless, it's not hard to see why the Giants would be interested in a major bullpen upgrade, especially one who could likely be signed to a one- or two-year deal. The Giants' clear preference in free agency is to sign their impact talent on short-term deals, and Jansen would certainly fit the mold (although they haven't really spent big on relievers, so in some ways it would deviate from the SF Giants' tendencies). Cody Bellinger was non-tendered by the Dodgers on Friday, making him a free agent. It has been reported that the San Francisco Giants make a lot of sense for Bellinger. But in reality, Bellinger might make a lot of sense for the Giants, but not necessarily the other way around. Bellinger's agent, Scott Boras, recently told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal that they likely prefer a one-year deal for Bellinger. And why would Bellinger want to come to Oracle Park, of all places, in hopes of rebuilding offensive value? Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
Was Aaron Judge talking about the SF Giants when he made these comments?

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 30:26


Aaron Judge spoke last night, and we all listened. Very carefully. Judge won the AL MVP Award last night, and his free agency is the top story in baseball. The San Francisco Giants are believed to be in serious pursuit. Judge had some interesting comments about his free agency, noting that, "For me, if we're going to build a winning team, if I can get myself out of the way so they can move on or add some more pieces, I think that's an advantage." The SF Giants sound like exactly the kind of team he could be talking about, but there's no way of knowing. In a perfect world, Judge would sign with the Giants early and give them a chance to add around him. Or if he's going to sign elsewhere or return to the Yankees, his signing early would allow the Giants to pivot to other options. Judge's comments were interesting to say the least. Switching gears, today is the MLB tender (or non-tender) deadline. Teams must decide whether to tender contracts to their arbitration- and pre-arbitration-eligible players. That list includes six players for the SF Giants, including Logan Webb, Mike Yastrzemski, and Thairo Estrada. Pretty much all nine are locks to be tendered contracts, but their salaries for 2023 won't necessarily be determined for a few months. However, it's probable that the Giants will reach agreements to avoid arbitration with several arb-eligible players today. Scott Alexander was already inked to a deal yesterday. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the Giants are trying to extend Logan Webb, which would be a huge deal if they can cross the finish line, although today is not some kind of deadline to do so. Last but not least, should the Giants be interested in trading for Cody Bellinger, or signing him if he's non-tendered? Bellinger's case is one of the most fascinating in the sport, and it's possible he's dealt or non-tendered by 5 PM this evening. Or the Dodgers could elect to hold onto him, but they'd end up owing him close to $18 million potentially. Bellinger was so good early in his career, but has been awful after a shoulder injury he sustained while celebrating a home run in the 2020 postseason. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants mailbag: Who are some realistic trade targets?

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 31:13


The San Francisco Giants need a lot of help this winter, and it's not all likely to come in the form of free agent signings. Giants president of baseball ops Farhan Zaidi even said that the SF Giants' stated goal of getting younger and more athletic isn't best brought about through free agency, necessarily. Free agents are, by definition, players who've been in the league for at least six seasons. With that said, who are some realistic trade targets for the San Francisco Giants? The Diamondbacks have an abundance of young, talented, athletic outfielders. Their stable of outfield talent includes Daulton Varsho, Corbin Carroll, Jake McCarthy, and Alek Thomas. Thomas might be the odd man out in that scenario, and the SF Giants should have interest if any of those four are available. The Blue Jays have a surplus of catching talent, with Danny Jansen, Alejandro Kirk, and Gabriel Moreno. Jansen would be a nice target for the Giants, but it would complicate matters with Joey Bart. Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs is a talented, athletic, switch-hitting outfielder who makes a ton of sense for the Giants, and he could be available because he's one year from free agency and plays for a rebuilding team. Shohei Ohtani is the mother of all trade candidates. How are the SF Giants going to address their bullpen? Will they sign free agents, make trades, or both? Expect them to build their 'pen similarly to how they've built it the last few years: mostly minor moves. It didn't work in 2022, but the Giants' bullpen had the best ERA in baseball in 2021, so it's not like it's clearly a bad strategy. When is the earliest Aaron Judge will sign? Will Carlos Correa or Trea Turner sign before Judge? This offseason has been even slower than usual thus far, with zero major free agents signing to date. Expect at least one or two major moves in MLB before the Winter Meetings, but then things should really pick up (as they almost do) at the Winter Meetings in San Diego in early December. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
Joc Pederson accepts SF Giants' $19.65M qualifying offer, will return in 2023

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 32:01


Joc Pederson is back! Pederson accepted the San Francisco Giants' $19.65 million qualifying offer yesterday, which officially means he'll wear the orange and black again in 2023. The Giants surprised many in the industry when they gave Joc the QO, but it really shouldn't have come as a huge surprise if we look at their recent history. They gave qualifying offers to Kevin Gausman and Brandon Belt in the last couple of years as well, moves that also surprised those outside of San Francsico (and even some insiders). Many are griping about Pederson's defensive issues. But Pederson compares well to Kyle Schwarber, who got 4/$79M last offseason. Nick Castellanos is a far worse defender than Pederson, and he has a worse career wRC+, and he got 5/$100M last winter. There really isn't such thing as a bad one-year deal, and as long as the roughly $20M the Giants committed to Pederson doesn't stop them from making other significant moves, who cares? It's not our money. The SF Giants also added several players to their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft. Marco Luciano and Luis Matos are officially on the Major League roster, but don't necessarily expect to see them in the big leagues in 2023. The Giants also added Tristan Beck, Jose Cruz, Keaton Winn, and Brett Wisely to the 40-man yesterday. Wisely was acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays after hitting 15 home runs and stealing 30 bases in the upper Minors in 2022. The San Francisco Giants DFA'd Jarlín Garcia and Jason Vosler, among a few others, in corresponding moves in order to add so many players to their 40-man roster. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants interested in Japanese RHP Kodai Senga

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 29:38


Are the San Francisco Giants going to replace Carlos Rodón with Japanese righty Kodai Senga? At the very least, it appears that the Giants are courting Senga, as Marc Delucchi snapped a photo of the Oracle Park scoreboard with a photoshopped image of Senga in a Giants uniform on it. Senga is predicted to receive a four- or five-year deal for around $14M to $15M per year. Senga features an upper-90s (sometimes triple-digit) fastball and a plus splitter. The description of Senga as a pitcher should remind San Francisco Giants fans of Kevin Gausman. If that's the case, it should come as no surprise that the SF Giants are interested. Joc Pederson's qualifying offer decision is due today. Carlos Rodón's is too, but his is a much easier call. Pederson must decide whether or not to return to the Giants on a one-year, $19.65M deal. It's possible that Pederson could get more guaranteed money from another team (say 3/$36M), but he won't come close to about $20 million in average annual value. So: will Pederson prefer the higher AAV and a chance to re-enter the market next offseason without the qualifying offer attached to his free agency, or will he seek the most guaranteed money? That decision must be made this afternoon. If the SF Giants miss out on Aaron Judge, are Joey Gallo or Michael Conforto possible fits in the outfield? They may be, but they're not even close to being on the same level as Judge. Gallo is a three true outcomes machine, as most of the time he either strikes out, walks, or homers. Conforto missed all of last season with a shoulder injury. Brandon Nimmo and Kevin Kiermaier are possible fits in the outfield as well if the Giants don't sign Judge. But if they miss out on Aaron Judge, they'll need to pivot to the top shortstop options like Carlos Correa and Trea Turner. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
Inbox: Did the SF Giants give Joc Pederson the $19.65M QO because they were certain he'd reject it?

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 31:15


Theories abound as to why the San Francisco Giants surprisingly gave Joc Pederson a $19.65 million qualifying offer. Joc Pederson said towards the end of the year that he was very disappointed with how the SF Giants' season had gone, and that he wants more than anything to play in the playoffs. With that in mind, did the San Francisco Giants give Joc Pederson the qualifying offer because they were certain he'd reject it to sign with a more obvious playoff team? What pair would be better for the SF Giants: Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo, or Carlos Correa and Carlos Rodón? Both combinations are projected to produce about 10 fWAR in 2023, but at their predicted contracts, Judge would be getting a nine-year deal. Correa is also projected to land a deal of about nine years, but he is 2.5 years younger than Judge. If Judge does in fact command nine years, the Correa/Rodón pairing is more attractive. Neither would cost the Giants a draft pick, either, whereas both Judge and Rizzo would cost the SF Giants a significant pick. Speaking of Aaron Judge, would he really help the San Francisco Giants get "younger and more athletic"? It's worth pointing out that Giants president of baseball ops Farhan Zaidi made it clear that they don't necessarily need to get "younger", but they do need to have players that are more durable. Judge has had some durability issues in his career (so has the younger Carlos Correa), but he should be plenty healthy and athletic in the short term. The issue is when we start talking about a nine-year deal for Judge. That would take him into his age-39 season, which could mean that roughly half of the deal might be disastrous. A couple of bad years at the end could be stomached, but four-plus would be hard to swallow. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants extend $19.65M qualifying offers to Carlos Rodón and Joc Pederson

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 30:57


Everyone knew the San Francisco Giants would extend a $19.65 million qualifying offer to Carlos Rodón. But almost no one was talking about Joc Pederson as a possibility. The Giants have been the most aggressive team in baseball with qualifying offers the last few years—as evidenced by the fact that Kevin Gausman (2020) and Brandon Belt (2021) are the last two players in the sport to accept the offer. Joc Pederson very possibly will be the third SF Giants player in three years to accept the qualifying offer. Are there any downsides? Only if the roughly $20 million stops the Giants from doing something else they might've done that would've helped them more. Pederson is a good but imperfect player. He crushes right-handed pitching but struggles against lefties. He was one of the worst defenders in baseball in 2022, but hasn't been quite that bad historically. Offering Pederson nearly $20M on a one-year deal is aggressive by the SF Giants, but it's not insane. Reports indicate that he has received interest from teams on a possible three-year deal, and that his value may be helped significantly by the league's ban on defensive shifts, which goes into effect next season. Elsewhere in hot stove news, Aaron Judge is officially on the open market. He's free to sign with any team, and the San Francisco Giants make as much sense as any. At what point does his potential contract become too much? And is a 7-, 8-, or 9-year deal too much for Judge, who will be 31 in year one of any new contract? If the Giants don't land Judge, who is the next most likely? There's not necessarily a huge drop-off with the new best free agents, Carlos Correa and Trea Turner. Those players also have youth on their side more so than Judge. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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SF Giants decline Evan Longoria's $13M club option in favor of $5M buyout

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 27:57


The San Francisco Giants declined to pick up Evan Longoria's $13 million club option today, releasing the long-time Giants third baseman into true free agency. Longoria had been with the SF Giants since the previous front office traded for the five years left on his contract prior to the 2018 season. It's still possible that the Giants and Longoria reunite, but this decision was essentially saying that the Giants didn't think he was worth an extra $8 million. If the SF Giants bring him back, which is questionable, it'd likely be for a salary in the $2-3 million range. Qualifying offer decisions are also due today. The San Francisco Giants had until 2 PM to decide whether to extend qualifying offers to their eligible free agents. Carlos Rodón was a slam dunk to receive the offer, with Joc Pederson lurking as a possibility as well. Once the Giants extending qualifying offers, which amount to one-year deals that are worth $19.65 million this year, those players who received it have 10 days to decide whether or not to accept. Then, if they sign elsewhere, the Giants would receive Draft compensation. Farhan Zaidi met with reporters as the GM meetings. He discussed numerous topics, and also offered insight into the Giants' plans with LaMonte Wade Jr. Zaidi said that the SF Giants do intend to bring back Wade by offering him a contract ahead of next week's tender deadline. Wade is projected at a very modest salary of about $1.4 million, according to MLB Trade Rumors. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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Should the SF Giants prioritize Carlos Rodón, or short-term alternatives like Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander?

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 28:07


Just like last offseason, the San Francisco Giants are faced with whether or not to bring back a free-agent ace. Carlos Rodón re-enters the market after one season with the SF Giants, and there's good chance the Giants let him walk just like they did with Kevin Gausman. ESPN and FanGraphs predict Rodón to receive a five-year deal worth about $25 million per year (about $125 million in total). That's very similar to the 5/$110M deal Kevin Gausman received from the Blue Jays last offseason. If the San Francisco Giants choose to let Rodón get his big deal from another team, what should they do? They've been clear that they intend to pair Logan Webb with another top-of-the-rotation arm. Even after letting Gausman leave, the Giants managed to replace his production beautifully in the form of Rodón, who got the same AAV as Gausman but over far fewer years. The alternatives on the market include Jacob deGrom, who's expected to land a short-term deal worth $40+ million, Justin Verlander, who's expected to come in around 2/$70 million, and Clayton Kershaw, who may be willing to accept a one-year deal but almost certainly wouldn't sign with the San Francisco Giants. Among those options, Verlander may be the most appealing because it's a nice middle ground between the absurd AAV deGrom may command and the five-plus years Rodón may command. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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Which Top 10 free agents make the most sense for the SF Giants at their predicted contracts?

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 31:50


It's finally that time of year: contract predictions for the top free agents are being released by various publications. Which of those contracts make sense for the San Francisco Giants? FanGraphs released its Top 50 Free Agents list, and it's no surprised to find Aaron Judge as the No. 1 free agent. The predicted contract for Judge exceeds $300 million. Judge is an obvious fit for the Giants, but the nine predicted years may be 1-3 too many. The SF Giants likely prefer something a bit shorter term, even if it means increasing the average annual value. Trea Turner comes in as the top shortstop on the list, according to FanGraphs, but Carlos Correa's predicted contract (10/$300M) feels a bit more appealing for the Giants. Brandon Nimmo and Willson Contreras are other position players who make sense for the Giants, in addition to the other top shortstops Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson. Besides that, Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander, and Carlos Rodón all crack the Top 10 and the San Francisco Giants should be in on all three. It wouldn't be a shock to see the SF Giants come away with one of those aces. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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Previewing the SF Giants' hugely important 2022-23 offseason

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 30:35


The 2022-23 offseason has officially begun, and it's a big one for the San Francisco Giants. Coming off a disappointing 81-81 season, with a team that just wasn't that compelling, the SF Giants must act boldly for the first time in a long time in the offseason. Free agency technically opened yesterday, beginning a five-day window during which teams have exclusive negotiating rights with their own free agents. For the Giants, this includes Carlos Rodón, Joc Pederson, and Brandon Belt. Option decisions are also due by Thursday, and Rodón already went through the formality of rejecting his $22.5M option to return to the San Francisco Giants next season. The SF Giants must make their option decision on Evan Longoria by Thursday. The Giants hold a $13M club option on Longoria with a $5M buyout. It's possible that they restructure the deal to bring him back in 2023; it's also possible the Giants just let him walk. Qualifying offers must also be extended by Thursday. The Giants will try to work something out with Rodón before then, but an extension is unlikely to materialize, resulting in an easy decision for the Giants to give Rodón the QO. Then, on Thursday, free agency officially opens up. That means the San Francisco Giants can at last contact Aaron Judge. They can contact Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, Brandon Nimmo. They can pursue any and all free agents, and they figure to do so in an aggressive way this winter. Even accounting for arbitration estimates, the Giants have only about $100M committed for 2023. They've spent about $162M per year for the last few years, and they should at least get back to that point and possibly blow past it. There's no reason $180M to $200M shouldn't be possible, and the stars may well align for a homecoming to the SF Giants for Judge. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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Passan: "It would really surprise me" if the SF Giants aren't among top-three spending teams this offseason

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 29:21


ESPN's Jeff Passan joined KNBR 680's "Papa & Lund" on Thursday, and said that he expects big things from the San Francisco Giants this offseason. Passan said he's be very surprised if the SF Giants don't end up as one of the top-three spending teams this winter. Giants fans may recall that analysts expected the team to be similarly active last offseason, and they did make a lot of moves in the rotation, but ultimately didn't have the kind of offseason fans were hoping for. The stars might be aligning for the Giants to have a huge offseason this time around. They're motivated by the fact that they flopped to an 81-81 finish after winning 107 games in 2021. They have major payroll flexibility, with only about $70 million committed after Carlos Rodón opts out. There's a superstar lurking in Aaron Judge, and he actually might want to come play for the San Francisco Giants. Judge grew up in Linden, CA, just about 90 minutes away from Oracle Park. The one big question is whether the Giants will be willing to pay top dollar for a player his size who's already going to be 31 years old in year one of a deal. If the SF Giants don't end up with Judge (or even if they do), the top four shortstops are probably the next best players available. Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson would all improve the Giants rather dramatically. Besides those four and Judge, there's Brandon Nimmo, Willson Contreras, Jose Abreu, Anthony Rizzo, and a smattering of others on the position player side who could help the Giants achieve their stated goal of looking like an obvious playoff time in Spring Training. The World Series will be over by Sunday, and then it'll finally be time for the Giants to embark on their hugely important offseason. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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Which star free-agent shortstop should the SF Giants prioritize?

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 33:25


The San Francisco Giants have a lot of work to do this winter. While much of the offseason conversation figures to center around Aaron Judge, there's a strong chance he re-signs with the Yankees. If the SF Giants miss out on Judge, or even if they don't, they should also be involved in pursuing the four star free-agent shortstops on the market: Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson. Correa has emerged as perhaps the best fit with the Giants. He's the youngest of the four, and will be 28 years old in all of year one of a deal. He's also been a very good bat, with a 130 wRC+ since 2020. He's been excellent overall, producing close to five fWAR per 600 plate appearances since the 2020 season. Correa's sprint speed and defense in 2022 left something to be desire, but a quick look at his past defensive work reveals that 2022 was an outlier, and given his age here's no reason to expect any sort of decline to have set in. New San Francisco Giants General Manager Pete Putila knows Correa from their time in the Houston Astros organization. Trea Turner is no slouch. Turner has been the best of the free-agent shortstops over the last few years, but the difference is that he is going to be entering his age-30 season, and so much of his value comes from his elite speed. Speed is something that usually declines rather steeply at this stage of his career. While Turner is an excellent player who would make the SF Giants much better, he comes in behind Correa for these reasons. Next is Xander Bogaerts, who is just a pure hitter. Bogaerts was also really good defensively in 2022, but a deeper dive into the numbers reveals that 2022 was an outlier in the positive direction. He has not graded out as a very good defensive player in other recent seasons. Bogaerts could slot into the middle of the Giants' order, and perhaps a move to second base would help the defense, but there are some reasons to be a bit cautious here. Last is Dansby Swanson, despite the fact that he is the best defender and runner of the bunch. The issue with Swanson is that he's been by far the worst offensive player of this group, and wouldn't necessarily be the impact bat the others could be for the Giants. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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Revisiting the SF Giants' hit-or-miss 2021-22 offseason

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 31:03


The Carlos Rodón signing was a huge win for the San Francisco Giants. They got ace-caliber production all season from Rodón, who will now opt out, re-enter the market, and net a $100+ million deal. Indeed, the Giants had a lot of work to do last offseason coming off a 107-win campaign, as the only starter who was under contract for 2022 was Logan Webb. That was a good place to start, and the SF Giants surrounded him with newcomers Rodón and Alex Cobb, in addition to bringing back Alex Wood and Anthony DeSclafani, both of whom were quite good for the Giants in 2021. Rodón and Cobb lived up to expectations, but Wood and DeSclafani had issues. DeSclafani only made a handful of starts and then was shut down with season-ending ankle surgery. Wood was generally ineffective and ended up with an ERA over 5. The Giants' defense certainly didn't help their pitchers at all this season, but overall the Giants did pretty well when it came to building out their rotation, particularly due to the ace-level season from Rodón. But their position player additions were lacking. Brandon Belt was brought back on the $18.4 million qualifying offer, and he had a major dud of a season. He was either hurt or generally not very good. He enters this offseason a true free agent, and he may have played his last game in a San Francisco Giants uniform. The only free-agent hitter the Giants signed last offseason was Joc Pederson for one year and $6 million. Pederson was as good as hoped, but he is ultimately a limited profile. He doesn't play against lefties and was a big part of the Giants' defensive problems. The SF Giants will need to do much more on the position player this offseason. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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SF Giants' Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt regressed heavily in 2022

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 29:21


San Francisco Giants teammates Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt showed dramatic improvement in 2020 and 2021, only to fall flat and perhaps cost the team a shot at the playoffs in 2022. After the SF Giants hired Gabe Kapler, and he brought in an entirely new coaching staff, many Giants hitters showed huge improvement in 2020. But it was a short season, and people wondered whether the SF Giants would be able to carry it into 2021. They did so and then some, with several Giants hitters having career years and the Giants winning a franchise record 107 games. It was reasonable to expect some of that success—which had spanned many players across two seasons—to continue for the San Francisco Giants in 2022. But almost everyone, including Crawford and Belt, failed to live up to even pessimistic expectations. Crawford went from a 6+ fWAR season and finishing fourth in MVP voting in 2021 to posting just 2.0 fWAR with a below-average wRC+. He was, at best, an average player for the SF Giants. The Giants extended Crawford midway through the 2021 season, so he is under contract for $16 million in 2023. Will the Giants pursue one of the top free agent shortstops despite Crawford's presence on the roster? As for Belt, he went from being legitimately one of the bets offensive players in baseball in 2020-21 to being below-average offensively in 2022. Belt went from posting about 3.5 fWAR in less than 100 games in 2021 to posting 0.0 in about 80 games in 2022. Injuries ravaged Belt's season, and he ended up undergoing season-ending surgery on his knee. The Giants had brought Belt back on an $18.4 million qualifying offer, but this offseason he is a true free agent. Will the San Francisco Giants bring Belt back for another year? Or are his days of being the Giants' first baseman officially over? Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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SF Giants' Joc Pederson, Thairo Estrada are Silver Slugger finalists

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 30:19 Very Popular


The San Francisco Giants' Joc Pederson and Thairo Estrada are Silver Slugger finalists. Pederson had a monster year in a somewhat limited role, given that nearly 90% of his plate appearances came against right-handed pitching. Estrada is a finalist at the utility position, which is a new one for the Silver Slugger Award. Which of these SF Giants players might win, and why? Offensively, Pederson did exactly what the Giants wanted him to do this season. He crushed right-handed pitching. He actually held his own against left-handed pitching as well, but he faced them so little that it doesn't necessarily indicate real improvement. Pederson struggled defensively, and whether he returns to the San Francisco Giants seems to have a lot to do with what his market is. Will he seek a Kyle Schwarber-type deal (4/$79M)? He has a right to want that kind of deal, as Schwarber is a similar player, but whether it's out there remains to be seen. The SF Giants almost certainly give that kind of money to him, since he is a defensively challenged platoon player. Estrada is not a free agent—far from it. The SF Giants still have four years of team control over Estrada, but happily, Estrada is a Super Two this offseason, meaning he will reach arbitration a year early. This means that he will earn far more than the league minimum salary in 2023. MLB Trade Rumors estimates a $2.4 million salary for Thairo Estrada next year. The Giants should be happy to pay it, as Estrada had a breakout campaign and was overall the Giants' best position player. While not a star in any category, Estrada was simply above-average across the board, leading to an above-average 2.7 FanGraphs WAR in 2022. The Giants were right to let Donovan Solano walk in free agency, opening up second base for Estrada. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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On Bruce Bochy's SF Giants legacy—and whether Carlos Rodón will join him in Texas—with Locked On Rangers

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 32:09 Very Popular


Bruce Bochy will probably get a statue outside of Oracle Park some day. He means that much to the San Francisco Giants, so the news of him accepting the role of manager with the Texas Rangers last week was shocking, even if it could be seen coming. Bochy read the room and seemingly agreed mutually with the organization that it was time to move on as the club prepared to bring in a new president of baseball operations, a role that ultimately went to Farhan Zaidi. Bochy managed the Giants for one more season, then he "retired." But it was apparent almost right away that Bochy still wanted to manage again someday. Which was a little bit awkward from the SF Giants' perspective. The optics made it appear that Bochy was nudged out the door, which may in fact have some truth to it (but it was seemingly decided before Zaidi was hired, so it was more of an organizational decision than a front office one). Anyhow, what will Bochy bring to Texas? What made him so beloved in San Francisco, aside from simply winning three titles? What enables the San Francisco Giants to win those three championships under Boch? There are a lot of connections between the SF Giants and Texas Rangers these days. Bochy is the new Rangers manager, and Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reported recently that the Rangers plan to make a big push for 2022 SF Giants ace Carlos Rodón. Rodón had a monster season in San Francsico in 2022, and he is certain to opt out of the $22.5M player option for 2023. The Giants have been hesitant to hand out long-term deals to starting pitchers, so it wouldn't be a shock if Rodón doesn't return to the Giants. The same kind of thing happened last year with Kevin Gausman. Former Giants hitting coach Donnie Ecker, who accepted a role as Rangers bench coach and offensive coordinator following the 2021 campaign, is also discussed. Bochy's coaching staff, and whether he'll go with more "old school" vs. "new school" coaches, will be fascinating to watch. Ecker fall firmly in the latter category. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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Which SF Giants targets are likely to underperform or overperform?

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 32:49 Very Popular


It happens every year. Free agents are hyped in the offseason, only to fail to live up to their new deals. Last year, several players didn't live up to expectations. Kris Bryant was hurt all season in Colorado. Nick Castellanos produced like Tommy La Stella after getting $100 million from the Phillies. Which San Francsico Giants targets are likely to underperform? And which SF Giants targets are likely to overperform? Among the top free agents available, there are certainly cases to make that each one could underperform. Aaron Judge will likely never have a better season than he just had. Xander Bogaerts has somewhat concerning expected numbers (based on quality of contact). Dansby Swanson may get a huge deal, but has never been that great of a hitter. Brandon Nimmo hasn't been able to stay on the field enough and may end up underperforming based on health alone. In terms of who may overperform, Willson Contreras is a solid bet as he seems to be lining up as a solid bargain. But will the Giants be interested in signing a catcher? Do the San Francisco Giants have the ability to sign a big-time bat (like Aaron Judge) in addition to a top-of-the-rotation arm (like Carlos Rodón or Jacob deGrom)? Their payroll, including arbitration estimates, will be around $100 million after Rodón opts out and if they take the buyout on Evan Longoria. That would allow them to add Judge at $35 million a year and Rodón at $25 million a year and still come in around $160 million, where they've been the last few seasons. Indeed, the Giants are in a great position to make impact additions if they so desire. And hopefully the San Francisco Giants are willing and able to push well beyond that modest $160 million figure in 2023 and beyond. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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San Francisco Giants are the favorites to sign Aaron Judge if he leaves Yankees

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 29:17


Aaron Judge to the San Francisco Giants? According to our friends at BetOnline, the Giants are the favorites to land Judge—if he leaves New York. The Yankees are undoubtedly the overall favorites, but if Judge leaves, it's hard to envision a better fit than San Francisco. The SF Giants are in need of star talent, and Judge is from the Fresno area and grew up a huge San Francisco Giants fan. What, exactly, would the SF Giants be getting if they signed Judge? The one knock against Judge is the fact that he will be 31 in year one of a new deal. So if he signs a seven- or eight-year contract, he will be 37 or 38 in the final year. If Judge were five years younger, ZiPS projection system creator Dan Szymborski says Judge's projections would put him in line for a $500 million contract. Given that he's 31 and not 26, however, Judge's projection is worth more like 8/$290 million. Does that make sense for the Giants? Would they really give out a contract that large? It's not so much about the total value. It's more about the average annual value. In Judge's case, his age is working against him and some caution should be advised when thinking about the realistic odds of the Giants ending up with him. There's definitely a fit there, but other free agents might represent a better value to the San Francisco Giants. Brandon Nimmo and Willson Contreras are a couple of quality players who might end up signing for less than $100 million, but both would plug holes and should be strong values and good everyday players. And there are other top options who are younger than Judge and figure to command less on the open market, even though the production may end up being similar. Those players include Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, and Xander Bogaerts. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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Inbox: What's the plan if the SF Giants don't sign top-tier free agents?

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 29:07 Very Popular


Aaron Judge. Trea Turner. Carlos Correa. We all know about the top-tier free agents the San Francisco Giants could target this offseason. But what if they stay true to form and don't come away with any of the top talent? Where will the SF Giants turn in that scenario? Willson Contreras would be a major upgrade at the catcher position, but the presence of Joey Bart obviously complicates matters for the SF Giants. At first base, Jose Abreu, John Bell, or Anthony Rizzo would all be interesting pickups. The versatile Brandon Drury would be another solid addition for the San Francisco Giants. Justin Turner may be available. Joc Pederson and Mitch Haniger are local kids and would seem to fit on the Giants. What about Cody Bellinger, if the Dodgers non-tender him? He would also make some sense for the San Francisco Giants. Aaron Judge would be the splashiest possible acquisition for San Francisco, but is he the best option? He's relatively old for a free agent in line for a huge deal, and age is certainly a concern. He's likely to land a seven or eight year deal for something like $35 million per season. Other free agents might make more sense, particularly those who are a few years younger, like Carlos Correa, or those whose markets figure to be less robust for whatever reason, even though there isn't necessarily a huge drop off in talent. Examples include Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, Dansby Swanson, and Brandon Nimmo. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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Former SF Giants manager Bruce Bochy to manage Texas Rangers

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 28:45 Very Popular


Bruce Bochy is coming back to manage ... the Texas Rangers?! Former legendary San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy will be the Rangers' next skipper after agreeing to a three-year contract. Bochy, 67, retired from managing after the 2019 season, his last with the SF Giants. Was Bochy pushed out by Farhan Zaidi and the San Francisco Giants front office? Those rumors have swirled ever since Bochy announced his impending retirement, but they're also factually incorrect. Reputable sources have reported repeatedly that the Giants told prospective presidents of baseball operations during the interview process that they would have a chance to pick a new manager after the 2019 season, which would be Bochy's last with the San Francisco Giants. There's an interesting dynamic permeating major league baseball when it comes to modern vs. traditional managers. Many teams—the Rangers included—have hired modern managers without experience in recent years, only to fire those managers and opt to hire more traditional managers instead. Even Gabe Kapler, who's now managed the Giants for three seasons, was one of these inexperienced types when he took over the Phillies job in 2018. The Giants seem to be the type of team that doesn't want to cycle through managers so frequently, as many teams seem to do. Kapler was recently given an extension. There's also the increasingly important of the major league coaching staff. Tradtitional managers have traditionally hired coaches that don't necessarily provide the type of cutting-edge technology that will soon be imperative in order to succeed in today's game. Bochy's staffs with the SF Giants certainly weren't of that ilk. It will be fascinating to see how Bochy makes his staff. Donnie Ecker, the Giants' esteemed and modern hitting coach in 2020 and 2021, was hired as the Rangers' bench coach and offensive coordinator in 2022, and it will be fascinating to see whether he remains in that role in 2023. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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New SF Giants GM Pete Putila is most attracted to this about the Giants' roster

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 31:12 Very Popular


New San Francisco Giants General Manager Pete Putila keeps giving the same answer when asked what he likes most about the SF Giants' roster. In a word: depth. While it might not be exciting to fans, we should listen to the Giants' new GM. He continues to talk about how depth is crucial for building a winning team. He's mentioned that teams can be top heavy, even with a few of the best players in the game, but without depth winning is far from a guarantee. In the San Francisco Giants' case, they have the depth mostly figured out; now they just need to bring in a couple of impact talents and they could get back to the winning ways they showed in such dramatic fashion in 2021. Indeed, comparing the San Francisco Giants' 2022 numbers to the 2022 Angels, the Angels had three hitters who posted better fWAR totals than any member of the Giants. But when all was said and done, the Giants' hitters provided more overall value. That's because of the Giants' depth, and the Angels' lack of depth. Both rosters are explored in some detail to illustrate how the SF Giants' strength was having a lot of players chip in a little, and limiting the exposure of players who were proving negative value. Once a team has established the kind of depth that the SF Giants possess, all they need, in theory, are a couple of impact talents to push them over the top. Putila has said this multiple times in interviews, noting that in 2021 they had a few players producing at impact levels, and a cascade of wins followed. Looking to this year's free agent class, there are numerous players who could provide the type of impact that could push the Giants over the top. It seems at least somewhat likely that the SF Giants end up with at least one of these players: Aaron Judge, Trea Turner, Dansby Swanson, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, and Brandon Nimmo. There's also, of course, the potential to trade for impact talent. It doesn't have to be through free agency. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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SF Giants' attendance was down in 2022, but does that make them unique?

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 28:51


The San Francisco Giants' full-season attendance was down over 8% in 2022 compared to 2019. This has generated a lot of discussion on social media, and theories abound as to why the Giants have seen such a decrease. Are people less interested in the Giants because of Farhan Zaidi's roster construction? Even when the SF Giants won 107 games last year, they weren't selling out Oracle Park despite Covid-19 restrictions being lifted. We can have all the theories we want, but they're missing a crucial component: the league-wide trend of attendance declines. That's right: across MLB, attendance was down about 6% from 2019 to 2022. We're looking at those two years because they were the last two full seasons without restrictions on attendance. In other words, the San Francisco Giants are not unique in having a significant dip in attendance over the last few years! The Philadelphia Phillies, who have a lot of big names, have built their team largely through free agency (as a lot of Giants fans want Zaidi to do), and they're in the NLCS. Yet they saw nearly twice as big of a decrease as the Giants from 2019 to 2022, and they drew fewer fans overall this season than the SF Giants, who won fewer games. Turning the page, the timelines for Kyle Harrison and Marco Luciano are discussed. Harrison could impact the major league team early in 2023, perhaps as early as April (though more realistically May or June). Luciano should start the season in Double-A and could make it to Triple-A by the middle of the season if everything goes according to plan. That would make him a potential September callup candidate in a dream scenario. Farhan Zaidi's possible free-agent wishlist is discussed. Yes, the stars at the top are certainly on that list, but Brandon Nimmo might be the perfect combination of talent, value, speed, defense, and offense that the San Francisco Giants are seeking. Nimmo plus one of the big bats, plus a top-of-the-rotation arm would be a really nice offseason for the Giants. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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SF Giants' Carlos Rodón, Logan Webb, and Alex Cobb formed an elite, underrated trio in 2022

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Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 30:52 Very Popular


San Francisco Giants starters Carlos Rodón, Logan Webb, and Alex Cobb could have been a real problem for some teams in October. Unfortunately, we never got to see that play out since the SF Giants' defense, bullpen, and offense ranged from inconsistent to flat-out bad in 2022. But that shouldn't take away from the fact that Rodón was a legitimate Cy Young candidate for the Giants in 2022. He ended up with one of the majors' best strikeout rates, and he led MLB in FIP and fWAR among starting pitchers. Rodón will opt out of his $22.5M contract with the San Francisco Giants for 2023, and somehow they'll need to replace his front-of-the-rotation presence. Logan Webb may not have been quite as good as he was with the Giants in 2021, but he was almost as good. The strikeout rate dipped a bit, but he still was basically the same guy, with an ability to strike guys out and an elite ability to keep the ball on the ground. Webb is arbitration eligible for the first time and has three years of team control remaining. It's time to start thinking about the Giants making efforts to extend Webb this offseason. Speaking of Webb's ability to keep the ball on the ground, Alex Cobb was even better in this respect. Cobb was second in baseball in ground ball rate, min. 140 innings, and Webb was third. Rodón, Webb, and Cobb were in the top 14 in FIP among pitchers with at least 140 innings pitched. Cobb's underlying numbers were substantially better than his ERA, which ended up being fine but unspectacular. With better infield defense behind him, Cobb looks like someone who's a legitimately good major league starter. Cobb is under contract for $9 million next year, and the Giants hold a $10 million club option for 2024 with a $2 million buyout. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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SF Giants will give Carlos Rodón the $19.65M qualifying offer—but will they give one to Joc Pederson?

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 29:46 Very Popular


Carlos Rodón is a slam-dunk qualifying offer candidate for the San Francisco Giants. Rodón will decline his $22.5M option, then the SF Giants will give him the one-year, $19.65M QO, which he'll also reject (since it's worth less than the option he'll already have declined). But what about a far more borderline case: Joc Pederson? Pederson's value, according to what teams spend per Win Above Replacement in free agency, was roughly $15M to $16M in 2022. On first glance, $19.65M being so close to those numbers makes it seem like the Giants might give the offer to Pederson. But they almost certainly will not. The reason? It seems highly unlikely that the Giants will lock themselves into nearly $20M, early in the offseason, to a defensively challenged platoon player, even though they may ultimately want him back and his production may be worth roughly that price. The SF Giants must improve dramatically this offseason, and locking up so much cash into a lateral move that doesn't improve the defense seems like it would be a huge risk. Pederson would likely accept the Giants' qualifying offer if they gave it to him, which could be viewed as a positive in some respects. The San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies advancing to the NLCS proves the point host Ben Kaspick made when Juan Soto was acquired by the Padres at the trade deadline: the Giants don't need to concern themselves so much with what the other teams in their division are doing. The Phillies finished in third place, with 87 wins, behind two teams that won 101 games (the Mets and Braves). Both of those teams are eliminated, and the Phillies are the last team standing from the NL East. Clearly, having two powerhouses in your division doesn't mean you're necessarily doomed. Lastly, we learned over the weekend that Bruce Bochy interviewed for the Rangers' managerial opening. What would it mean for SF Giants fans to see Bochy managing another team after he "retired" a few short years ago? It would certainly be tough to see, but Gabe Kapler has brought a lot of positive change to this organization, specifically with his cutting-edge coaching staff that has helped players improve and fostered a culture of perpetual development at the major league level. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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What would the SF Giants need to give up to trade for Shohei Ohtani?

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 31:34 Very Popular


Shohei Ohtani may very well stay in Anaheim until he reaches free agency following the 2023 season. But if the Angels are being real with themselves, they may determine that it's in their best interest to trade him now. If so, the San Francisco Giants are as logical a destination as any for the two-way Japanese superstar. Looking at the Red Sox's Mookie Betts as a comparison, what would the SF Giants have to give up to acquire Ohtani? The Dodgers gave up Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs, and Connor Wong, and took on half of the $96 million owed to David Price over the three seasons left on his deal, in order to acquire one season of Betts. The Giants' rivals then extended Betts to a 12-year, $365 million contract, keeping the star outfielder in Los Angeles for the rest of his career. A comparable package from the Giants would look something like Thairo Estrada, Luis Matos, Brett Auerbach, and $48 million over three years. Anthony Rendon's contract could be used as a somewhat similar comp to what Price was owed, but it's not exactly the same. That hypothetical price might seem light, but remember that it's just one year of Ohtani. There's no guarantee he would agree to an extension. All of this is fantasy, of course. The Angels likely won't trade Ohtani, even though it may be in their best long-term interest. And even if they did trade him, there would be 29 other teams willing to give up big returns for his services. Remember, however, that people didn't think Boston would trade Betts, but they did. In a dream offseason scenario—if we're allowed to just dream for a minute—how about Ohtani and Aaron Judge on the San Francisco Giants. Can you even imagine? Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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Inbox: Could the SF Giants trade for Shohei Ohtani this offseason?

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 34:02 Very Popular


Is it at all possible that the San Francisco Giants could trade for Shohei Ohtani this winter? The Angels recently signed Ohtani to a $30 million salary for 2023, but that doesn't mean he won't be traded. The Angels should make every effort to extend the superstar pitcher/DH, and if they're unable, they should seriously consider moving him. Otherwise, they risk letting him walk away in free agency and receiving nothing but a little draft pick compensation in return. The Giants, meanwhile, should be one of the most aggressive teams if the Angels make Ohtani available. This would be a similar scenario as when the Dodgers acquired Mookie Betts (one year from free agency). It would mostly make sense for the SF Giants if they could then extend Ohtani, which wouldn't be a certainty. How should the SF Giants address their bullpen, which fell off dramatically in 2022 after leading the majors in ERA in 2021. Fans might not like the answer, but the Giants are likely to remake their bullpen through minor signings and trades. That is, after all, how they built their MLB-best 'pen in 2021. They also already started to turn it over last year, with new names like Scott Alexander, Alex Young, and Shelby Miller making strong impressions. Alexander and Young can be retained, and Miller is a free agent but has expressed interest in a reunion with the Giants. Thomas Szapucki will also be in the mix after coming over in the lopsided Darin Ruf trade, and he was impressive in his brief time in the majors. How significant of a role could Casey Schmitt play for the San Francisco Giants in 2023? Schmitt has emerged as perhaps the Giants' best position player prospect, and he made it all the way to a brief stint in Triple-A to close out a highly impressive 2022 campaign in the minors. Schmitt has a chance to see the majors next year, and once he's here, he could go as far as claiming the third base position moving forward. Known as one of the better defensive players in the minors, Schmitt also impressed with the bat in 2022 and could be a huge part of the San Francisco Giants' future. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants' arbitration estimates can help us predict their offseason spending

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 32:33 Very Popular


The San Francisco Giants' spending is always a hot topic around these parts every offseason. That conversation may be louder than ever before this winter, with the SF Giants coming off a very disappointing 81-81 record after they won 107 games in 2021. The fanbase is restless, the payroll has been stagnant, and there are stars available for the Giants to sign, if only they were willing to do so. Understanding where the Giants stand from a payroll perspective is important if we wish to predict what they will be able to spend this offseason. The Giants have relatively few commitments to 2023 salaries. They owe $73 million to eight players, not including the $22.5M Carlos Rodón will undoubtedly opt out of. That also includes the $5M buyout on the Giants' $13M club option over Evan Longoria. The SF Giants' arbitration estimates, per MLB Trade Rumors, are for $33.3M going to 13 players. The Giants will have the power to negotiate these salaries, and they are not committed to paying any of them if they'd prefer to non-tender any arbitration-eligible player. Add it all up, and the San Francisco Giants are looking at roughly $106 million going to 21 players. This does not include any pre-arbitration estimates for the Giants. And again, they can non-tender any arbitration-eligible player and won't be obligated to pay a dime. But this is a good rough starting point. And what it means for the Giants, in terms of offseason spending, is that they'd have about $56M to spend on 2023 salaries just to get back to their extremely modest range of about $162M, where they've been each of the last few years. So you could essentially sign a couple of $30M per year players and still come in with a very modest payroll. Hopefully the Giants increase payroll this year, but they're starting from a very flexible position and a big offseason for the Giants is more than possible. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants hire Pete Putila as GM, signaling intent to place heavy emphasis on player development

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 34:44


Just a few short weeks after San Francisco Giants GM Scott Harris left for the Detroit Tigers, the Giants have found his replacement. Pete Putila, the former assistant GM of the Houston Astros, has been hired as the SF Giants' new general manager. Putila is largely credited with helping to establish the Astros' immensely successful player development pipeline. His hiring by the Giants signals their intention to dramatically improve their development capabilities moving forward. The Giants have not done a great job of successfully developing their own minor league players in the four seasons under President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi. Several of their top draft picks have stalled for various reasons, and the major league team hasn't enjoyed many breakout performances from young players in recent seasons. Logan Webb is one exception, as is Camilo Doval, but the Giants haven't had a lot of young talent impact the team and it has been a problem. Putila should be able to put the San Francisco Giants in the best position possible to improve in this area. There is, of course, Putila's association to the 2017-18 Astros teams that were known to be invovled in illegal sign stealing. But Putila was the Astros' director of player development at the time, a role that was very likely not at all involved in the in-game sign-stealing efforts that originated out of the dugout during games. Zaidi says he checked with MLB to see whether Putila had been involved in the league's investigation into the Astros, and the league confirmed that he wasn't even interviewed, meaning there was zero reason to suspect he had any involvement. The Astros' scheme is often falsely considered an organization-wide effort, but in reality it was a fairly crude operation that originated with on-field personnel. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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Inbox: Will the SF Giants pursue both Aaron Judge and Trea Turner?

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 35:24 Very Popular


Aaron Judge and Trea Turner? Is it possible that the San Francisco Giants could just go bananas this offseason and sign both superstars? A report from Bob Nightengale certainly piqued SF Giants fans' interest, but some pause is warranted. This is rumor season, and far more teams will be rumored to be in on players than will actually sign those players. The Giants are often mentioned in rumors but have rarely come away with the big prize. Also, Nightengale isn't the most trustworthy of baseball reporters. Additionally, it seems that he may have just been saying that the Giants will pursue both players, not that they would actually land both of them. Just one should be enough to make Giants fans legitimately excited. If the Giants miss out on Judge and the star free agent shortstops, who's left for them? Brandon Nimmo is probably the next best option in the non-elite category for the Giants, and this year's free agent class is looking very top heavy. After the top names and Nimmo, there is a significant dropoff in talent, with the likes of Mitch Haniger, Jose Abreu, Brandon Drury, Jean Segura, and Joc Pederson being among the most attractive mid-tier free agents the Giants could pursue. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
Farhan Zaidi addresses San Francisco Giants' offseason plans

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 29:17 Very Popular


The San Francisco Giants are about to embark upon a huge offseason. They just had an 81-81 season, which can only be characterized as a significant disappointment following up a record-setting 107-win campaign in 2021. The Giants know they need to have a big offseason, and Farhan Zaidi's meeting with reporters was the very first step in the offseason for the SF Giants. Zaidi addressed the status of Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria. He basically implied that both could be back, but hinted that if they do return to the Giants, they would have less significant roles. This is no surprise, as both players have the potential to still be productive, and they are well-liked inside the clubhouse and amongst Giants fans, but neither should be relied upon to make a significant impact. The Giants hold a $13 million club option over Longoria (with a $5 million buyout), whereas Belt is a pure free agent and is coming off knee surgery. Carlos Rodón was also addressed. The Giants and Zaidi fully expect Rodón to opt out, which is an most obvious call. Rodón may follow in Kevin Gausman's footsteps, departing the Giants for a long-term deal Zaidi doesn't appear to be eager to hand out to a starting pitcher. The Giants may look to add an ace-caliber pitcher on a short-term deal, and players like Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander, and Clayton Kershaw should be available on that kind of deal. Zaidi also said prospect Kyle Harrison should impact the MLB rotation next year, perhaps even early in the season. Zaidi also touched on his search for the Giants' next GM, which should be wrapped up within a few weeks. He also discussed the Giants' commitment to Brandon Crawford at shortstop, and noted that "everything is on the table," meaning they won't shy away from the stud free-agent shortstops just because Crawford is on the team and owed $16 million in 2023, the final year of his deal. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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State of the SF Giants—position by position—as the offseason begins

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 32:49 Very Popular


After winning 107 games last year, the San Francisco Giants flopped to an 81-81 record in 2022. Their position player group had a lot to do with it. The SF Giants' best three position players last year—Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey, and Brandon Belt—combined to produce 14.6 FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement (fWAR). This year, the Giants' top three position players—Thairo Estrada, Mike Yastrzemski, and Austin Slater—combined to produce just 7.0 fWAR. Posey's absence was felt, but also the Brandons combined to produce 8.2 fewer fWAR than they did in 2021. Joey Bart ultimately did not have a very good season. Strikeouts were a problem in the beginning, and they briefly went away after being sent down to the Minors, but those issues resurfaced later in the year. Austin Wynns actually ended up with a better wRC+ than Bart this year, and he should be the backup catcher in 2023. Bart will need to improve his swing and miss and chase issues if he wants to remain the San Francisco Giants' catcher of the future. The state of the infield and outfield is in flux. Brandon Belt is set to reach free agency. The Giants hold a $13M club option on Evan Longoria, with a $5M buyout. Wilmer Flores was extended. Tommy La Stella may not survive on the roster this winter. Brandon Crawford is under contract for one more year. The Giants can bring back J.D. Davis through the arbitration process. Thairo Estrada was one of the biggest bright spots of the year for the San Francisco Giants. In the outfield, will Joc Pederson be back? He did very well in his role, crushing right-handed pitching as expected. But he's a limited profile and his next contract will reflect that. The Giants would like to bring him back, but does he want to be back? Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Slater can form a formidable platoon either in center or right. LaMonte Wade Jr. and Luis González are very much on the bubble and it wouldn't be shocking if neither was on the SF Giants' active roster to start 2023. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
The SF Giants are in desperate need of impact position players

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 29:19 Very Popular


The San Francisco Giants need impact position players, and they need them badly. That was on display yet again in the SF Giants' loss to the Padres on Tuesday night. The Giants' offense went down without much of a fight, and after winning 11 of 13 against the D-Backs and Rockies, they've lost their first two against the Padres and need to win their season finale in order to finish at .500. There are several impact talents available in free agency this winter, and the Giants will need to come away with at least one of them. If the Giants fail to sign or trade for impact talent this winter, their fans will grow exponentially more restless, and they simply won't be good enough to compete for a championship in 2023. The Giants seem to recognize that they need to be far more aggressive in free agency this upcoming winter. Only time will tell. Joc Pederson was placed on the Family Medical Emergency list prior to the Giants' season finale. Locked On Giants wishes Pederson and his family well and sincerely hopes everything turns out okay. It's been a very strong season for Pederson, and Giants fans would welcome him back with open arms. Carlos Rodón was shut down, as expected, and Alex Cobb took his place in the rotation on short rest. Good for Cobb, who stepped up for a tired bullpen. Rodón may be out the door, but Cobb, Logan Webb, Alex Wood, Anthony DeSclafani, Jakob Junis, Sean Hjelle, and Kyle Harrison are all in the mix next year. It's a good position to start from, which should allow the San Francisco Giants should be able to devote their attention to fixing their glaring position player weaknesses. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
Sean Hjelle has pitched his way into SF Giants' future

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 29:06


San Francisco Giants RHP Sean Hjelle doesn't have the most impressive ERA, but don't judge a book by its cover. Looking deeper into the numbers reveals the reality that Hjelle had a rather impressive debut season for the Giants. He's struck out hitters at a higher rate than he did in the Minors, he's pounded the strike zone, and he's kept hitters pounding the ball into the ground. All in all, the 6'11 1/2" Hjelle has pitched his way into the mix for next year's SF Giants team. Hjelle ended his season very much on a high note, with eight strikeouts in five innings in the Giants' loss to the Padres. Carlos Rodón may not make his final start of the year today for the San Francisco Giants. Rodón's agent, Scott Boras, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Rodón had reached an innings limit of 180, and that the Giants should protect him like they did with Logan Webb. While the SF Giants should just shut Rodón down if he wants to be shut down, it's very unusual for an agent to make these comments publicly through a reporter. Agents don't just get to set innings limits. And what if the Giants had made the playoffs? Boras said that Rodón would've kept pitching. Well then it sounds like 180 innings isn't technically a "limit", Mr. Boras. Evan Longoria will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured right thumb. Longoria may have played his final season with the SF Giants, and perhaps even in major league baseball. But he wants to keep playing, and his first priority is to play for the San Francisco Giants. The Giants hold a $13 million club option for next year, with a $5 million buyout. The Giants need to get younger and more athletic, but they still value Longoria's leadership and strong performance when he's been able to be on the field. The two sides could reach an agreement for something between $5 million and $13 million, or perhaps bring him back for just the $5 million. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants officially eliminated; season will go down as a big disappointment

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 31:34 Very Popular


The San Francisco Giants are officially eliminated. At least it took until October, and at least they put up a fight at the end, but the 2022 Giants' season will no doubt go down as a huge disappointment. When all was said and done, the SF Giants didn't get enough out of their position players and bullpen. The Giants have played well in September/October, but they were sunk by extremely poor play over stretches during the middle of the season. Not a ton of positive development happened for the Giants in 2022, either. Joey Bart and David Villar offer some hope for the future, but they look more like role players than true impact talents. Bart's strikeout issues have resurfaced late in the year, and it's overall not a very impressive line. Villar delivered a walk-off hit for the Giants in their home finale on Sunday, but it wasn't even hit well and was lucky to sneak through into the outfield. Villar is also known to have some defensive limitations as well. Wilmer Flores has been a bright spot ever since he first signed with the team in 2020. Flores was the San Francisco Giants' most inspirational player this year, and he won the Willie Mac Award for his efforts. The Giants signed Flores to a two-year extension with a player/team option for a third year just a few weeks ago. Flores is a player the Giants want around to mentor young players as the team shifts that way in the coming seasons. Finally, Logan Webb was placed on the injured list as a procedural move to get someone else onto the roster. Jakob Junis was optioned for the same reason. Neither will pitch again for the Giants in 2022. Sean Hjelle, another somewhat promising young player to debut in 2022, will likely cover multiple innings on Monday, followed by season finales for Carlos Rodón and Alex Cobb. The Giants' slumping attendance numbers are also discussed, as is the reality that attendance is down across the sport. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants back to .500—and still still alive—as Carlos Rodón continues Cy Young-caliber season

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 31:00 Very Popular


The San Francisco Giants' dream isn't dead quite yet. With another win—the Giants' ninth in their last 10 games—they staved off elimination for at least one more day. Carlos Rodón continued to look like a Cy Young finalist as the SF Giants dominated the Rockies (before things got dicey in the 9th). Rodón leads the majors in a number of important categories. His strikeout rate is first. He's first in FIP and fWAR. His K-BB% is first in the NL. It's not out of the question that Rodón could win the NL Cy Young Award, although it's likely to go to someone with a lower ERA (Rodón's is somewhat above where peripheral numbers like FIP and xERA predict). Are David Villar and J.D. Davis a bit redundant for the Giants? It's an important question as we go into the offseason. The San Francisco Giants want to get younger and more athletic, and both Davis and Villar are somewhat DH-types. Can the Giants really bring them both back and have Wilmer Flores and even potentially Evan Longoria on the roster as well? Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants continue to roll, are now just one game under .500

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 30:29


Despite what Joc Pederson said, finishing .500 or better should be an important goal for the San Francisco Giants. Pederson's comments sound like they're coming from someone who's not invested in the future of this team. It's hard to blame Pederson, considering he's about to reach free agency again, but Mike Yastrzemski said on the Giants' postgame show that finishing well as a team was important. The SF Giants only have to go 4-3 to finish at .500 or better thanks to this great stretch in which they've won eight of nine. The Giants' new-look bullpen continues to impress. Shelby Miller has struck out 12 of the 18 hitters he's faced with the San Francisco Giants, and he hasn't walked a batter or given up any runs. His FIP is under minus-2. Miller, Scott Alexander, and Alex Young have been strong additions to the bullpen in the month of September. John Brebbia had another successful open yesterday, and he is under club control for one more year. Sean Hjelle did a nice job in a bulk role last night, overcoming a shaky beginning to end up with a strong performance for the Giants. Getting to a mailbag question, how are the Giants going to improve their offense if only a handful of players won't be back next year? It seems that there are more players likely to be replaced than the listener realizes, and also the Giants are starting from a decent place. The SF Giants' offense is not nearly as bad as a lot of people seem to think. They've been average, or even a tick above, by most important measurements, whether it's wRC+ or simply runs scored per game. If the Giants are average now, adding one or two truly impact bats could push them to a point of being a firmly above-average offense in 2023. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants
SF Giants' Joc Pederson sounds like he's on his way out the door

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 29:46 Very Popular


San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson sounds like he wants out. His postgame comments after the Giants' win last night—their seventh in eight games—made it sound like he's already halfway out the door. Pederson described the Giants' inevitable elimination from playoff contention as “not fun,” and said of his time with the Giants, “I'm glad that I got to be a part of it for a year.” Someone who doesn't have a choice in the matter is J.D. Davis. The SF Giants acquired Davis at this year's trading deadline, and all he's done is hit. Davis had three more hits and another home run last night, and he is under club control for two more seasons. His strong play over the last few weeks has all but cemented his role on next year's team. Meanwhile, unfortunately, it's been a miserable tenure in New York so far for Darin Ruf. The Giants also got three compelling young pitchers in the trade, which is looking more lopsided by the day. Major League Baseball's website says that the Giants have been eliminated from playoff contention—but have they? The answer is no, but that hasn't stopped major media outlets like Fox Sports from tweeting out that the SF Giants have officially been eliminated. It's rather infuriating that a primary source like MLB.com is featuring incorrect information. It won't ultimately matter for the Giants, who face nearly impossible odds, but it's just imperative that MLB's standings page not make such blatant errors. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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Inbox: Carlos Correa to the SF Giants?

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 30:43 Very Popular


Carlos Correa to the San Francisco Giants? It's not as crazy of an idea as it might seem. The SF Giants have been pretty clear that they intend to shop at the top of the free-agent market this offseason. Correa, assuming he opts out, will be one of a number of great shortstops hitting the open market for the second consecutive season. Is Carlos Correa the shortstop who makes the most sense for the Giants? He hates the Dodgers and the Dodgers hate him. That's a pretty decent place to start. But Correa was a key figure in the Astros' cheating scandal. For that reason, it makes sense to focus on the other shortstops, or Aaron Judge. Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson are also free agents the Giants should strongly consider this winter. Perhaps the SF Giants could save money they'd otherwise spend on Carlos Rodón and use it to add a second big bat in the offseason. It's a good idea posed by a listener, and it could work because the Giants have a track record of getting the absolute most out of free-agent starting pitcher acquisitions. Kevin Gausman was originally brought in on a one-year, $9 million deal, for example. Even Rodón was signed to a short-term contract. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms:

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These SF Giants still have a lot to play for

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 29:33 Very Popular


The San Francisco Giants are just about eliminated, but that doesn't mean this last week and a half is meaningless. Far from it, actually. Several key members of the SF Giants, like Evan Longoria, Mike Yastrzemski, LaMonte Wade Jr., Joc Pederson, Carlos Rodón, and others are playing for meaningful personal goals. Longoria wants the Giants to pick up his $13 million club option that has a $5 million buyout, effectively making it an $8 million decision. He delivered a clutch two-run single that made the difference for the Giants in Sunday's series-clinching win over the D-Backs. Yastrzemski was a possible non-tender candidate, but a strong week seems to have secured his spot on next year's roster. Wade is another non-tender candidate and hasn't been able to get it going with the bat all year. Time is running out to make a strong final impression. Rodón is playing for a $100M+ contract. His main goal should just be to stay healthy over his final two starts. Will the Giants be the one to give him the big contract he's in line to receive? The answer is unclear. Pederson is also playing for his next contract, although his absence from Sunday's lineup was noteworthy and he won't receive anything close to what Rodón gets on the open market. Pederson seems like he may be back next year, but it's an open question. Some other arb-eligibles playing for a spot on next year's team: Jakob Junis, who rebounded from a rough stretch with 5.1 strong innings in Sunday's win. He seems to have a spot locked up for next year. Luis González was also playing for a spot on next year's San Francisco Giants squad. He's cooled way off after a hot start, but has still been overall solid against righties. He'll be out of options next year, so it's not entirely certain what the Giants will do with him in the offseason. He could be a non-tender candidate, or he could be traded, or he could be back next year. It's hard to see him and Wade (and Yastrzemski) all being back. Two of those three at most seems most likely. Lastly, Giants third base prospect Casey Schmitt was promoted to Triple-A. It's been a great season for Schmitt, one of the Giants' top prospects, who should enter 2023 in Sacramento and will be right on the cusp of the major leagues. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: