Archive for the ‘San Francisco Giants’ Category

Bengie Molina may retire, but open to comeback

March 15, 2011

Multiple reports state Bengie Molina is set to retire but is open to a comeback.

Molina was the starting catcher for the Angels in 2002 when they won their only World Series over the Giants.

Ironically Molina would become a fan favorite in San Francisco putting in 3.5 seasons for the Giants helping develop Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez.

He showed a great deal of class after he was traded to the Rangers last July paving the way for Buster Posey.

I attended Game 1 of the 2010 World Series and I can say the ovation Bengie received at AT&T Park was great. When I watched the replay at home later that night I was sad that television did not do justice to the love the crowed showed Bengie. It was a neat moment.

Good luck Bengie.


Update for Tuesday February 22, 2011

February 22, 2011

Red Sox plan to sign Adrian Gonzalez to extension

Jose Guillen may retire if he does not sign in next Week!/Royals_Report/status

Red Sox reportedly interested in Chad Durbin!/pgammo/status/4014104

Orlando Cabrera says reports of retirement after 2011 are false

Monday, January 31, 2011, Day in Review

January 31, 2011

Jim Edmonds Expected to Retire.

Andy Pettitte Still Undecided for 2011 Season

Alexei Ramirez Signs 4-Year $32.5 Million Extension with White Sox

Braden Looper to Make up to $3 Million if he Makes Cubs Starting Rotation!/jcrasnick/status

Elmer Dessens Wants to Pitch in 2011, Won’t Return to Mets!/AdamRubinESPN/sta

Marlins Sign Greg Dobbs and Shawn Hill lto Minor League Deals

Orioles Sign Mark Hendrickson to Minor League Deal with Spring Training Invite

Braves Sign Rodrigo Lopez to Minor League Contract with Spring Training Invite

Jason Isringhausen Throws for Reds

Mets Agree to 1-Year $3.5 Millions Deal with Angel Pagan

Giants Sign Josh Banks to Minor League Deal with Spring Training Invitation

Friday January 28, 2011 Day in Review

January 28, 2011

Lance Berkman Makes Controversial Comments About Texas Rangers

Oakland A’s trying to trade for Chone Figgins?

Joe Beimel Signs Minor League Deal with Pirates

New York Mets Reportedly Having Financial Problems and May be Looking for Investors

Freddy Sanchez Hopes to be Ready for Regular Season for Giants

Indians not Considering Trading Grady Sizemore or Fausto Carmona

Tampa Rays Sign Casey Kotchman

Angels Invite Mike Trout to Spring Training.

Dodgers Sign Mike MacDougal to Minor League Contract

Justin Duchscherer Throws for Orioles and “Mystery Team”

Toronto Blue Jays Sign Jason Fraser to $3.5 Million Deal

Giants Sign Guillermo Mota to Minor League Deal

December 19, 2010

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes is reporting the Giants have signed Guilermo Mota to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

Mota had a decent year in 2010 for the Giants posting a 4.33 ERA and 1.315 WHIP in 56 appearances. If he makes the team his role would probably be limited to an innings eating middle reliever.

The Rays also had reportedly expressed interest in Mota.

Edgar Renteria is Offended by Giants 1 Million Offer?

December 19, 2010

For the past couple days there have been conflicting reports about comments Edgar Renteria may have made about the Giants 1 year, 1 million dollar offer.

Josh Alper of the FanHouse reported on Friday that Renteria called the Giants offer “total disrespect”.

Renteria’s agent Barry Mesiter reportedly called the Giants on Friday to smooth things out. Meister said Renteria’s comments “weren’t necessarily an accurate characterization”.  This is curious since they were on ESPN Deportes. I find it hard to believe EPSN Deports would misquote Renteria or have some sort of ax to grind.

Renteria signed a two year 18.5 million dollar contract before the 2009 season. And it is an understatement to say Giants fans have not been pleased by Renteria’s paltry production during his two seasons in San Francisco.

Renteria battled injuries in 2010 but played well at times. And played extremely well in the World Series earning the series MVP.

Renteria obviously sees the money Juan Uribe and Miguel Tejada got this off season and thinks he is in their class. That was true when he was an everyday player but he has not been an effective everyday player since 2008.

The offers for Renteria aside form the Giants must be pretty limited if any?  Otherwise why even mention the Giants if you have better offers on the table? Renteria is no longer a 9 million dollar a season player and he has to come to grips with that fact. Yes he can still show flashes of the player he was in the past but to think he can do it for a  full season is a big reach.

Renteria would be a valuable addition to the Giants as a backup infielder for 1-2 million. But any more than that would probably prove an unwise signing.

Giants & Cubs Discussing Rowand for Fukudome Trade?

December 17, 2010
Jerry Crasnick is reporting the Cubs and Giants have had discussions about a trade involving Aaron Rowand for Kosuke Fukudome. 

Rowand has 2 years remaining on the 5 year 60 million deal he signed before the 2008 season. And Fukudome has 2 years remaining on a 4 year 48 million deal he signed before the 2008 season. Both players are in situation where a change of scenery may do them good.

Cliff Lee Signing Leads to Huge Hype for Phillies Big 4

December 13, 2010

With the announcement of Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies the hype of the Philles “Big 4” has already started. Comparisons are already being thrown around with the best rotations of the past 40+ years. Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine and insert Neagle-Avery etc. Dobson, Cuellar, Palmer and McNally.

Lets not forget the supposedly big bad unbeatable 4 lost a total of 5 games to the Giants in the 2010 postseason. Yes I am biased and yes the Giants were a hot team. But nobody will ever confuse the Giants for murders row. I know the thought of Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Hamels sounds sexy but only Hamels owns a World Series ring.

The Phillies starting lineup is full of guys in their 30s. And Dominic Brown was reportedly sent home from winter ball after going 2-29. And don’t forget Jayson Werth and his 70+ extra base hits will have to be replaced.

So before we hand over the 2011 World Series Trophy or the National League Pennant lets consider a couple things.

Outside of Brad Lidge the Phillies bullpen is well, pretty terrible. Just ask Hudson, Mulder and Zito about their glory days with the A’s and how many wins a bad bullpen cost all of them.

The Braves are no joke. They were under appreciated in the 2010 Postseason. Hudson, Lowe and Hanson all pitched well and the Braves were a break or two away and a couple of Brooks Conrad errors away from knocking off the Giants in the NLDS.  With the addition of Dan Uggla and a very tough bullpen the Braves figure to be neck and neck with the Phillies all season in 2011.

And finally the Giants “Big 4”. Outside of Lincecum although not as established as the Phillies “Big 4′ are a force to be reckoned with. On any given day any of the four has the stuff to shut down anybody. Just ask the Rangers and their powerful lineup that was one Nelson Cruz game 5 swing away from being shut out 3 times in the World Series.

One thing for sure. 2011 is shaping up to be a very interesting season.

Giants Resign Pat Burrell

December 2, 2010

Numerous media outlets are reporting Pat Burrell will sign a 1 year deal with the Giants for 1 million dollars with incentives on Friday. This seems to be a low risk high reward move for the Giants. Burrell was considered a leader in the Giants clubhouse last season.