Links and stuff
Forgive the lackluster post title. (What do you want? It’s just a blog.)
While you ponder that, here are a few links to keep you up to date on Giants-related stuff going on right now…
- An unnamed baseball “source” tells Andrew Baggarly (San Jose Mercury News) that Matt Cain could fetch $150 million on the open market.
- Shortstop Alex Gonzalez told a Spanish radio station in Venezuela that the Giants offered him a contract, but he signed with the Brewers because they told him he could start.
- The Giants are close to re-signing right-hander Guillermo Mota, per John Shea (San Francisco Chronicle).
- Former Giant Cody Ross still hasn’t found a team, although he has been linked most recently to the Reds and Rockies.
- Susan Slusser (San Francisco Chronicle) reports that the Oakland A’s have traded All-Star pitcher Trevor Cahill to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Heard from Oakland general manager Billy Beane’s office as he was hanging up the phone with D-backs GM Kevin Towers: “Take that, Larry Baer!” (It’s a San Jose territorial thing, in case you don’t get it.)
- By the way, if you think the D-backs are just going to sit back and do nothing this winter, think again. According to Nick Piecoro (Arizona Republic), Towers wants another starter and he’s also looking to bolster the Snakes’ bullpen. The 2011 NL West champs don’t plan to go down quietly next season.
- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval traveled down to Venezuela this weekend to participate in the Annual Pepsi Home Run Derby. Stay away from black SUVs, Pablo.
- Speaking of Sandoval, he got himself a brand spankin’ new tattoo recently. Just in time for Christmas! Pablo tweeted out this picture of himself standing next to his body artist. Is it me, or does the camera add 30 pounds?
- Chris Haft (MLB.com) reports that Buster Posey‘s rehabilitation is going great and that the Giants catcher will ramp up his conditioning next month. Right now, he’s focusing mainly on cardio, but will begin hitting, throwing and running in January. The Giants fully expect Posey to be ready to start the season, although he will get lots of playing time at first base next year. Can’t wait to see the exchange between Posey and Scott Cousins if the latter gets a hit or draws a walk with Posey holding him at first. Of course, that would mean Cousins would need to find a way onto the Marlins’ 25-man roster.
- Minor League Baseball doled out its annual Organizational All-Star teams, which points out the best minor league player at each position within a team’s farm system. The Giants’ 2011 Organizational All-Star team:
C – Tommy Joseph, Single-A (Advanced) San Jose
1B – Brett Pill, Triple-A Fresno
2B – Ryan Cavan, Single-A (Advanced) San Jose
3B – Adam Duvall, Single-A (Low) Augusta
SS – Joe Panik, Rookie League Salem-Keizer
OF – Gary Brown, Single-A (Advanced) San Jose
OF – Justin Christian, Triple-A Fresno/Double-A Richmond
OF – Tyler Graham, Triple-A Fresno
Utility – Edgar Gonzalez, Triple-A Fresno
SP (right-handed) – Chris Heston, Single-A (Advanced) San Jose
SP (left-handed) – Eric Surkamp, Double-A Richmond
RP – Heath Hembree, Single-A (Advanced) San Jose/Double-A Richmond
That’s it for now. Have a great rest of your weekend, folks. I’m going bowling.