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Offseason Roundup: Giants Spent $326 Million To Boost Even Year Chances

The Giants rung up the cash register for $326 million in the off-season on four players to boost their even year resurgence bid. The team brought in 3 outsiders and locked in a familiar fan favorite in Brandon Crawford.

Here is a breakdown, along with their 2016 ZIPS Projection:

  • Jeff Samardzija (Pitcher) 5 year, $90 million contract
    • Projection: 196 IP 44 BB 180K 3.31 ERA
  • Johnny Cueto (Pitcher) 6 years, $130 million contract
    • Projection: 207 IP 50 BB 178K 2.87 ERA
  • Brandon Crawford (Infielder) 6 years, $75 million contract
    • Projection: 249 AVG/314 SLG/408 OBP 722 OPS
  • Denard Span (Outfielder) 3 years, $31 million contract
    • Projection: 280 AVG/333 SLG/387 OBP 720 OPS

2015 was a trying season for the Giants but with the team’s recent success fans can’t be too disappointed. Cueto and Samardzija should help boost a starting staff that was plagued by injury in 2015. The 2016 Giants look to be formable with these additions. How do you think 2016 will shake out?generic cialis description

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Heading to the Desert….

On February 17th, Pitchers and Catchers will report to Scottsdale, Arizona. They will also be sporting a new style in there uniforms. Majestic Athletics new Flex Base technology has designed a new light weight hat and uniform material that the rest of the MLB League has been using. This year the Giants will be sporting the new material in their jerseys and for the first time will have their first spring training specific uniforms using this new lightweight material #FlexBasecialis online new zealand

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Is a Josh Reddick Extension in the Cards?

John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports on Twitter that Josh Reddick is ready to talk extension. While many have speculated that the A’s would trade Reddick who only has one more year on his contract, Billy Beane has mentioned numerous times that Reddick was a candidate for an extension.

Given the A’s nature it is a comment that hasn’t struck a chord as serious with many. Reddick’s camp has been quiet but it’s possible a tough outfield market that has seen Yoenis Cespedes just sign for far less then he expected has swayed him. Reddick is coming off 2 strong years in a row including a .272/.333/.449 2015 campaign. He comes with strong defense in RF led by a strong arm. Fangraphs had him worth 3 WAR last year.

It is unknown what parameters the A’s or Reddick’s camp would be seeking for a deal.

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A’s Top 10 Prospects Released by Baseball America

Oakland A's Top Prospects 2016

The full read is available from Baseball America, but they released the Oakland Athletics 2016 Top Prospects. Notably the top is Franklin Barreto acquired in the Josh Donaldson trade, Sean Manaea in the Ben Zobrist trade, and Matt Chapman a player the A’s drafted.  There’s been some talk of Barreto playing CF although he is listed as a SS. Baseball America touts that help is on the way with this group of prospects.

Some quick stats

  • Barreto at age 19 had a 302/339/500 line with a 839 OPS including 22 doubles, 3 triples and 13 homers at Single A Stockton.
  • Manaea at age 23 had 7 starts with Double A Midland with 51 strikeouts and 15 walks in 42 2/3 innings. He had a 1.90 ERA
  • Matt Chapman at age 22 in an injury shortened season in Stockton (A+) had 21 doubles, and 23 homers along with a 250/345/566 slash line equating to a 911 ops.
  • Renato Nunez  at age 22, made it up to Double A Midland and had 23 doubles and 18 homers along with a 278/333/480 line which gave him a 813 OPS

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Beane A’s still fending off advances for Sonny Gray; Continue Looking to Improve Club

Billy Beane appeared on MLB Network Radio with Jim Bowden to discuss offseason rumors. Beane noted that the A’s have “resisted some pretty aggressive suitors” for starting pitcher Sonny Gray. Beane has stated repeatedly that they are not interested in trading Gray and reiterated that saying, “We’ve been adamant with teams that we want to hang on to Gray.”

He also noted that the A’s are still trying to improve the club via trade and that it’s possible a free agent or two could slip through the cracks. This is in-line with our previous thinking that the A’s have some money to play around with.generic cialis not working

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Pagan Set For Left Field Now With Span Signing?

We learned this week that the Giants signed Denard Span. Bochy hinted that he will play Center Field.

As we go into the 2016 season, Angel Pagan is entering his last year of his 4-year contract with the Giants.  Pagan was placed on DL for most of the month of August with right patella tendinitis.  In October Pagan had a procedure on his right knee.

Spring Training will determine where Pagan is physically and where he will be placed for the 2016 season; a season that is important contract wise for him.

Let’s not forget what Pagan did in 2012. He hit .288, had 8 homeruns and 56 RBI’s, stole 29 bases and had a league-leading 15 triples. So will a healthy Pagan, will we see some of those numbers again?

Fangraphs Steamer Projection for 2016:

G PA HR R RBI SB
126 303 3 31 24 7
BB% K% ISO BABIP AVG OBP SLG
7.90% 6.20% 16.00% 0.094 0.261 0.308 0.355
wOBA wRC+ Off Def WAR
0.292 89 -2.9 -4.6 0.2

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Giants ink deal with Denard Span

The Giants have inked a 3 year-deal with Denard Span. Span had a 301/365/431, BA/OBP/SLG, slash line in 275 plate appearances in 2015. He is a career 287/352/395 guy, who has been above average defensively. Span hasn’t been as good defensively his last 2 years but projects to be 2 wins above replacement level and close to an average fielder according to Fangraphs.

Update: Span will get $10.33 million per season and a $31 million guaranteed according to Andrew Baggarly. Baggarly also shared a quote from Bruce Bochy saying, “I like it. Always liked Denard.”

Span hit well last year but also had labrum surgery on his left hip September 1st. The hip problem limited him to 61 games in 2015. This was Span’s 3rd operation in 10 month’s time with the other two being core-muscle surgeries. He posted the following video on Twitter recently to prove his health.

 

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AthleticsNation believes A’s have flexibility But Questions If There is Any Where to Use It

The A’s may have additional payroll flexibility but the question remains if there will be a suitable target that drops into their range.

AthleticsNation speculates the A’s possesses the ability to roll the dice on some sort of undervalued asset in much the same way the A’s landed Yoenis Cespedes before the 2012 campaign. The problem is there doesn’t seem to be any players that match that desire. The right gamble could be trans-formative just like the Cespedes move, but it doesn’t seem to be out there.

An outfielder or an additional starting pitcher would be on their wish list as the team probably has in excessive of $9 million a year in payroll room.  If the A’s make a move it will be after other teams’ payrolls dry up as the remaining big names like Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Gordon and Justin Upton find homes.

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Giants Using All Options to Search for a Left Fielder; A’s may be out of Kazmir Mix; Leake to Cardinals

Giants GM Bobby Evans told MLB Network Radio (audio) that “I think now is a good time to look at left field and versatility there has value for us.” When asked whether they were looking at a high priced guy or medium priced guy, he indicated they had flexibility but were looking at all options including the trade market. He also didn’t want to dismiss Gregor Blanco but would be happier if he was in a fourth outfield spot.

He also seemed to indicate that for bullpen help they believe the farm system is most ready to help them and that would take them out for a higher-priced free agent reliever.

A’s out on Kazmir?

Sources told Ken Rosenthal that the Alvarez deal does take the A’s out of the Scott Kazmir mix. This comes in contrast to previous reports that the A’s are still in by CSN Bay Area’s Joe Stiglich and others.

Mike Leake to Cardinals

Former SF Giant Mike Leake signed a deal worth 5 years and $80 million with the St. Louis Cardinals per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (Twitter). The Giants traded  pitching prospect Keury Mella and minor league slugger Adam Duvall for Mike Leake at the trading deadline. They aggressively targetted other Starting Pitching options including Grienke, Samardzija and Cueto before Leake this offseason, so it wasn’t a surprise to see him go elsewhere.buy cialis pattaya

Oakland still in Kazmir Hunt as Injury Concerns Lead to Need for Bolstering Rotation Depth

CSN’s Joe Stiglich reports the A’s are still in the Scott Kazmir hunt despite signing Henderson AlvarezThe Bay Area News Groups‘ John Hickey takes it further saying Kazmir is amendable to a return.

As previously stated the A’s are one of 4 teams with offers to Scott Kazmir including the Orioles, Dodgers, and Royals. The offers are reportedly for 3 years and in the $12 to $13 million dollar range.  Kazmir is reportedly seeking a 4th year, but could be close to accepting one of the teams’ 3 year offers.

Currently the A’s rotation is led by Sonny Gray and Rich Hill, with Chris Bassitt, Kendall Graveman, Jesse Hahn, Sean Nolin, Aaron Brooks and Jarred Parker all in competition for the remaining 3 spots. Henderson Alvarez will not be ready to start the season but would also factor in to the rotation.  There is a fair amount of injury risk in that list as Bassitt, Graveman, Hahn and Parker all had injury issues of varying degrees. The A’s have no idea what they are getting with Parker who missed all of 2014 and 2015. AthleticsNation has also  speculated that concerns about Hahn’s recovery have made the A’s need for starting pitcher greater.

Parker avoid Arbitration

Jarrod Parker avoided arbitration agreeing to a 1 year/$850K deal, which would be the same as last year.  Half of the contract is guaranteed.cialis buy now