Tim Lincecum endured the worst season of his career last year, posting an NL-worst 5.18 ERA. However, he shined out of the bullpen in the postseason with a 2.55 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17²/³ innings. All eyes will be on his right arm this spring as he enters a contract season. Read More
If the past truly is prologue, you better have your tickets in hand already if you want to be a part of the Giants’ spring training party.
The last time Scottsdale, Ariz., played host to the defending world champs, way back in 2011, the vibrant little city and its charming stadium were packed throughout camp. Otherwise sane people were paying scalpers upward of $200 for the right to burn the skin off the backs of their thighs on the sun-sizzled metal bleachers down either foul line. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barry Zito scurried from drill to drill on Day 1 with a smile and a pep that showed he’s a new man heading into the final year of his mega contract.
He even seemed to enjoy the simple process of shadow throwing, with only a towel in hand and no ball, as Giants pitchers and catchers began spring training on a gorgeous, cool day in the desert at Scottsdale Stadium.
Zito suddenly has some nice momentum, not to mention the swagger that carried over from his comeback 2012 season. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Andres Torres checked out the banner at the main entrance to Scottsdale Stadium blaring “2012 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS” and knew he was back in the right place.
The outgoing outfielder bounced through the clubhouse Tuesday morning, sporting a beanie for the cool desert weather after batting practice and some running. He offered handshakes and hugs as he said hello to all the familiar faces he missed spending one season away with the New York Mets following three in San Francisco. Read More
For years, this was the season frustrated Giants fans had counted down to. The final year of the albatross of a contract Barry Zito signed prior to the 2007 season.
All these years later, it’s still tough to mention Zito in any sentence without also bringing up the hefty $126 million deal he inked.
And as Zito piled up disappointing year after disappointing year, it seemed inevitable his Giants tenure would be over the second the clock struck midnight after this season. Read More
Once again, the Giants find themselves in stark contrast to their archrival in the Los Angeles Dodgers.
L.A. spent big money in an effort to upgrade its team over the past year. The team’s new ownership group has plenty of money, and it has not been shy about spending it in an effort to dethrone the Giants.
San Francisco, on the other hand, has gone with the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Read More
The defending World Series champion Giants agreed to terms on a $9 million, two-year contract Wednesday with reliever Sergio Romo to avoid arbitration.
Romo had filed for salary arbitration at $4.5 million, while the Giants countered at $2.675 million after he earned $1.575 million last season.
Romo was the team’s last possible arbitration case as the Giants head to Arizona to open spring training next week.The deal buys out Romo’s final two years of arbitration eligibility. Read More
With the 49ers’ season now in the books, San Francisco’s focus turns back to happier memories than the bitter Super Bowl loss.
The Giants now welcome Bay Area sports fans to revisit the team’s victory in last year’s World Series with their annual FanFest at AT&T Park and Pier 48, just across McCovey Cove, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read More
Reliever Ramon Ramirez agreed on a minor-league contract with the Giants, returning to the team he helped to win the 2010 World Series.
Bobby Evans, vice president of baseball operations, said Tuesday the right-hander is a nonroster invitee to spring training. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz., next Tuesday. Read More
The World Baseball Classic will have a Giants feel to it. Nine Giants, spread across several countries, were named to preliminary rosters on Thursday.
Giants pitchers Jeremy Affeldt and Ryan Vogelsong are among 27 players on the U.S. roster, while Venezuela listed Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro, third baseman Pablo Sandoval and reliever Jose Mijares on its initial roster. Puerto Rico will feature outfielder Angel Pagan and left-handed reliever Javier Lopez, while right-handers Santiago Casilla (Dominican Republic) and Sergio Romo (Mexico) also were on rosters. Read More