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A’s nearing Deal with Henderson Alvarez; Ryan Vogelsong goes to the Pirates

Jon Heyman of CBS reports that the A’s are nearing an agreement with free agent right hander Henderson Alvarez. Alvarez will earn $4.25 million guaranteed and $1.6 million in incentives resulting in $5.85 million if all incentives are achieved. Alvarez was non-tendered by the Marlins rather then committing to pay him $4 million in arbitration. The iffy factor with Alvarez is the health of his shoulder. He underwent surgery in late July and is likely to miss some of the regular season.

Alvarez, 25, does not have 6 years of service so would be under team control through 2017. He was  good in 2014 with a 2.65 ERA in 187 IP, but had a 6.45 ERA in just 22 1/3 IP while being limited by injury in 2015. Alvarez is a sinker baller who worked in the 92 to 95 mph range, with a slider and change-up. He had a ground ball to fly ball ratio of about 4 to 1.

The news comes on the heels of the fact the A’s are still in on Scott Kazmir. Kazmir,32, is reportedly waiting for a team that will give him a 4th year and has multiple 3 year offers in the $12-13 million per year range.  It is unknown if the A’s are still interested even after the acquisition of Alvarez. The Orioles, Royals, and Dodgers are also interested in Kazmir.

Vogelsong to Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed former Giants righty Ryan Vogelsong to a 1-year contract.generic cialis work

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Cueto Agrees to Deal with Giants

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms with right-hander Johnny Cueto, per Buster Olney (via Twitter). The deal is pending a physical but has also been confirmed by CSN’s Alex Pavlovic.

Cueto rejected a $120 million dollar offer from the Diamondbacks earlier in the offseason. He spent most of his career with the Reds before being traded to the Royals in 2015.

He had a 3.44 ERA in 2015, and a 2.25 ERA in 2014 while throwing 212 and 243 2/3 IP respectively. He has a career K per 9 innings of 7.42, and BB/9 of 2.60, while only allowing 0.92 homers per 9 innings.

Cueto did have some late season struggles last year as he logged a 6.49 ERA over his final 51 1/3 regular-season innings in Kansas City. Alex Pavolvic pointed on Twitter that he has been extremely effective against the NL West. Cueto in 38 career starts vs the NL West is 19-12 with a 2.87 ERA.

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Outfielder and Another Starting Pitcher Still On The Giants Wish List

The Giants continue to scour the Free Agent Market with an Outfielder and a Starting Pitcher on top of their wish list. The team doesn’t want to heavily rely on the trio of Jake Peavy, Matt Cain, and Chris Heston.

Sabean and Bochy have hinted they prefer a starting pitcher to an outfielder and the market seems to be much more condusive to that. Additionally playing into that is a weak free agent market for pitchers next offseason and the high asking price for outfielders at this time. The team reportedly wishes to remain below the luxury tax level of $189 million as it would be their second year above it which would enact a 30 percent penalty. Mike Leake reportedly remains a primary target but the Giants have balked at giving him Samardzija like money.

Some of the better Starting Pitcher names remaining on the market include Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Wei-Yin Chen, Cliff Lee, Scott Kazmir and Ian Kennedy. There was some buzz that the Giants had talked Jared Fernandez with the Marlins but Giants GM Bobby Evans compared the situation to Shelby Miller (who wasn’t really on the market but the Diamondbacks blew away the Braves) and said that the Marlins would want “McCovey Cove”.

Giants / A’s Notes: Ben Zobrist indicated he rejected a higher offer from the Giants of 4 years 60 million before signing his 4 years 56 million dollar contract with the Cubs. He cited proximity to his home in Nashville as a primary reason. The Rule 5 draft is currently going on. The A’s selected Jabari Blash but are expected to flip him to the Padres. The Giants lost Pitcher Joe Biagini to the Blue Jays and the A’s have lost Colin Walsh to the Brewers so far.cheap viagra cialis uk

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Samardzija signs 5 year – 90 million Contract With the SF Giants

After missing out on the Zack Grienke sweepstakes, CSNBayArea.com’s Alex Pavlovic reports (Twitter link) that the Giants have signed Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija pitched last year with the Chicago White Sox, after being traded there in the offseason from the Oakland Athletics.

Samardzija who was very strong in 2014 with the A’s and Cubs,  had a bit of an off year in the South Side of Chicago with a 4.96 ERA in 214 IP in 2015 for the White Sox.

At the very least he has proved to be very durable going more then 210 IP the last 3 years.

Dan Szymborski shared his ZIPS projection for 2016 and forward for Samardzija. He projects to rebound and be a pitcher that despite a tough 2015 will be pretty valuable.
 

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Home Opener

We have been watching baseball now for a week. The Giants started their season on the road, playing the Arizona Diamondbacks. They then continued their road trip to San Diego to face the Padres.

Tody day though we have finally reached the day that might be as highly anticipted as opening day, the game opener back at AT&T. The park in full swing, the smells, the views, and a sea of black and orange. What could be better? Spending the afernoon watchin the Giants play the Colorado Rockies.

So for those who are t the game feel free to share your favorite opening day moment or piccture.

 

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And the Exhibition Season is Concluding — Hudson, Zito 2 of Former Big 3 Slated to Pitch

The Exhibition Season is concluding with a bright and sunny East Bay day. Tim Hudson, formerly of the “A’s Big 3”, will pitch for the Giants and Brett Pomerantz will start for the A’s. More excitingly for Bay Area baseball fans, A’s Manager Bob Melvin has indicated that Zito will get an inning of relief and pitch against the Giants.

A’s and Giants fans alike will enjoy Zito in this game. Zito played a special role in the Giants’ 2nd World Series, winning and starting a crucial Game 7 and was a fan favorite while with the A’s, while leading them to the ALCS and winning a Cy Young. Zito is not likely to make the A’s roster and it is unknown whether he will accept an assignment to AAA. Interest around the league for Zito is unknown. It is thought that Billy Beane would let Barry leave the A’s to pursue any such opportunity.

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Let Zito Pitch

“Let Zito Pitch”

I know, I know, I know! Why would you have Zito come back and pitch?! The word “emotions” has  been floating around. We want to remember the Cy Young winner as an A’s pitcher.  The Giants pitcher who won game 1 of the 2012 World Series. Now, the pitcher who has worked hard to come back to the major leagues. So the rumors say it might be doubtful with the A’s, the rumors have it that he has it for the big leagues again.

 

I personally love the stories of the guys who need to struggle to come back, who pull at our heartstrings and seem to be generally liked by their team members, by the public. The articles aren’t about them bashing their team, the managers, or the fans, but about what a humble, self motivated person you are. So whether the A’s put Zito on the 40 man roster or not, I think he deserves to pitch one game.

 

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Exhibition Games

It’s Monday, the beginning of another week, the memories of the weekend slipping quickly away. This Monday thought is the Monday before the Exhibition Games. We can start to plan for Thursday nights game at AT&T Park. Start dusting of the dust from the jerseys. Is it a trek to the Park to get the first smells of baseball or is it a night at home with friends watching the game?

I for one am not sure where I will be, but I can pretty much guess that once Thursday rolls around there will be at least one game viewed at either of the ballparks. It just depends on if a weekday game or a weekend game wins out. The “long” winter off of baseball, the last month of spring training, the rumors of the roster, it’s all come down to this week. This is the week! It might not be Opening Day, but in my mind this is just as exciting. Besides, what’s a better way to get your vocal cords back into cheering mode than four nights of some hometown rivalry!

 

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Let’s Go Giants

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Opening Day

We have finally reached the home stretch. Spring training games are coming down to the final days, the Giants and the A’s will soon be playing their expedition games in a week. Which brings us to Opening Day. The Giants will start their season on the road, the first game being in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.  AT&T park will be hosting Giant Fans to watch the opening game.

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