Bobby Evans

Giants reliever Will Smith pitches during spring training on February 22, 2017. He tore his UCL two outings later, and returned last week against the San Diego Padres.  (Courtesy San Francisco Giants)

Best lefty in Giants bullpen could be out for a while

As the San Francisco Giants were celebrating Barry Bonds' return to the…

Giants reliever Will Smith pitches during spring training on February 22, 2017. He tore his UCL two outings later, and returned last week against the San Diego Padres.  (Courtesy San Francisco Giants)
With Angel Pagan out of the lineup, the Giants have a big question mark in left field. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants’ biggest lineup question heading into spring training: Who plays left field?

AT&T PARK — The San Francisco Giants have relatively few position dilemmas…

With Angel Pagan out of the lineup, the Giants have a big question mark in left field. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mark Melancon. (Courtesy photo)

Mark Melancon’s arrival ushers in new era for Giants bullpen

AT&T PARK — Sitting in a fourth-floor luxury suite, overlooking his new home…

Mark Melancon. (Courtesy photo)
The Giants’ newest catcher, Nick Hundley, is no stranger to AT&T Park. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants sign backup catcher

The San Francisco Giants have found another backup for star catcher Buster…

The Giants’ newest catcher, Nick Hundley, is no stranger to AT&T Park. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Larry Baer, Bobby Evans and Bruce Bochy (right) welcomed Mark Melancon on Friday. (Karl Buscheck/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mark Melancon calls Giants ‘best fit from Day 1’

AT&T PARK — It took no time for Mark Melancon — the new closer…

Larry Baer, Bobby Evans and Bruce Bochy (right) welcomed Mark Melancon on Friday. (Karl Buscheck/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mark Melancon (Jon Dawson/Flickr)

Giants secure their ‘main priority this offseason’

The Giants saw their 2016 season end because they couldn't get the…

Mark Melancon (Jon Dawson/Flickr)
The Giants are unsure about who will man the mound for the ninth inning in 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Time is right for Giants to ‘explore all options’ in ninth

AT&T PARK — Flanked by Larry Baer to his left and Brian Sabean and…

The Giants are unsure about who will man the mound for the ninth inning in 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Giants General Manager Bobby Evans. (Courtesy photo)

Giants GM sees timing of Cardinals series as a blessing

AT&T PARK — The San Francisco Giants have been struggling mightily lately.…

Giants General Manager Bobby Evans. (Courtesy photo)
Joe Nathan will be returning to the San Francisco Giants on a minor league contract. (Courtesy Topps)

Giants bring back Joe Nathan on minor league contract

Optimistically seeking bullpen help down the stretch, the Giants signed 41-year-old reliever…

Joe Nathan will be returning to the San Francisco Giants on a minor league contract. (Courtesy Topps)
Giants CEO Larry Baer wants a World-Series winner. His front office made a pair of moves on Monday, the day of the trade deadline, that they believe furthers that cause. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants are all business on deadline day

As Matt Duffy rolled his luggage out of the AT&T Park clubhouse…

Giants CEO Larry Baer wants a World-Series winner. His front office made a pair of moves on Monday, the day of the trade deadline, that they believe furthers that cause. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Santiago Casilla impressed in his last outing before the trade deadline. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Fans dream of star-studded bullpen — trade market says otherwise

Many fans dreamt of transcendent reliever Andrew Miller closing out the Giants’…

Santiago Casilla impressed in his last outing before the trade deadline. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The San Francisco Giants traded for Eduardo Nunez on Thursday. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Answering some of the questions surrounding the Giants’ deal for Eduardo Nunez

While Johnny Cueto struggled with his command in the early innings of…

The San Francisco Giants traded for Eduardo Nunez on Thursday. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
Matt Cain watches his three-run home run clear the outfield wall at AT&T Park. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Cain gets Giants second win of second half

AT&T PARK — Bobby Evans couldn’t hide his excitement when Adam Duvall…

Matt Cain watches his three-run home run clear the outfield wall at AT&T Park. (Tony Avelar/AP)
Andrew Miller would make a great San Francisco Giant. But the odds are against that move being made. (Adam Hunger/AP)

Andrew Miller would be a great addition for the Giants — don’t hold your breath

Andrew Miller would look great in Giants orange and black. It’s true,…

Andrew Miller would make a great San Francisco Giant. But the odds are against that move being made. (Adam Hunger/AP)
Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker, right, has fit in well with Gregor Blanco, left, and Denard Span in Hunter Pence's absence, but the organization hopes its homegrown talent can fill out the roster for years to come. (Scott Kane/AP)

Questions in the outfield: Giants look to continue homegrown success

A couple of hours before the San Francisco Giants beat up the…

Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker, right, has fit in well with Gregor Blanco, left, and Denard Span in Hunter Pence's absence, but the organization hopes its homegrown talent can fill out the roster for years to come. (Scott Kane/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt, right, celebrates with Hunter Pence (8) after hitting a two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers' Scott Kazmir in the third inning Sunday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Belt extension doesn’t add up for Giants, Posey

Rarely, the team-building tactics of the Giants’ Brian Sabean and Bobby Evans,…

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt, right, celebrates with Hunter Pence (8) after hitting a two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers' Scott Kazmir in the third inning Sunday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Matt Cain throws during spring training on Feb. 18 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Matt Cain’s health woes continue, Giants righty has cyst removed from pitching arm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain has undergone a…

Matt Cain throws during spring training on Feb. 18 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chris Carlson/AP)
Brandon Belt and the San Francisco Giants reached a one-year deal Wednesday. (Ross D. Franklin/2015 AP)

Belt, Giants agree to 1-year deal

PHOENIX — First baseman Brandon Belt and the Giants have agreed to a…

Brandon Belt and the San Francisco Giants reached a one-year deal Wednesday. (Ross D. Franklin/2015 AP)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto smiles while doing an interview for social media Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Cueto must do more than ‘fool around’

His floppy dreads are bigger than he is, which is 5-10 going…

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto smiles while doing an interview for social media Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/AP)
As the Giants sit seven games back in the N.L. West, Brian Sabean may regret his minimal action at this year's trade deadline. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

If only Giants had thought bigger

A rookie named Travis Jankowski, he of the .219 batting average, ended…

As the Giants sit seven games back in the N.L. West, Brian Sabean may regret his minimal action at this year's trade deadline. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)