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Giants' Erik Kratz: Named backup catcher
Kratz will be the Giants' backup catcher, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Kratz's role was initially unclear when the Giants traded for him Sunday, with Aramis Garcia also on the team. Garcia could still make the roster as well, as he can cover first base, but Kratz is in line for the second-most starts at home plate behind Buster Posey. The Giants will likely look to get Posey out from the squat on a fairly regular basis in his age-31 season, but the presence of Garcia means that there's no guarantee Kratz will have a workload larger than a typical backup backstop.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Stephen Vogt: Heading to minor-league camp
Vogt was reassigned to minor-league camp Sunday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The move comes as no surprise as Vogt has been eased into action behind the plate as he returns from shoulder surgery last May. The 34-year-old has been catching in minor-league games and should continue to ramp up his defensive workload at Triple-A.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Jose Lopez: DFA'd by San Fran
Lopez was designated for assignment by the Giants on Sunday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Lopez was claimed off waivers by the Giants in February but will return to the waiver wire as the team needed space on the 40-man roster for the acquisition of veteran catcher Erik Kratz. The 25-year-old posted a 4.47 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 117:41 K:BB across 141 innings (26 starts) at Triple-A last season.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Erik Kratz: Heading to Bay Area
Kratz was traded to the Giants from the Brewers for C.J. Hinojosa on Sunday.
Kratz had already been informed he would not make the Opening Day roster, as his roster chances relied entirely upon injury following the free-agent signing of Yasmani Grandal. The 38-year-old had a .236/.280/.355 slash line in 219 plate appearances in 2018, but came up with some clutch postseason hits for Milwaukee. It remains unclear how the Giants' catching situation will unfold behind Buster Posey, but for now Kratz has a place on the 40-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Pablo Sandoval: Roster spot not secure
Sandoval isn't guaranteed to be on the Giants' Opening Day roster, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The Giants' recent acquisition of Rule 5 utility man, Connor Joe, puts Sandoval's once-secure role as backup corner infielder at risk. The 31-year-old experienced a bit of a bounce-back campaign in 2018 -- compared to his horrendous run with the Red Sox -- but that may not be enough to fend off Joe, who must remain on the 25-man roster or be offered back to Cincinnati. Sandoval could also remain in the majors if the club opts to keep him over fellow backup Alen Hanson (who is out of minor-league options), but the latter possesses the ability to handle far more defensive positions. Even if the Panda weathers the storm, he isn't going to offer much fantasy value with Evan Longoria, Brandon Belt and Buster Posey all healthy to begin the year.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Steven Okert: Designated for assignment
Okert was designated for assignment by the Giants on Saturday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Okert seemed to have a good shot at a bullpen role but will instead be cast off the 40-man roster entirely. As a left-hander with a respectable enough 4.28 ERA in 48.1 career big-league innings, there's a decent chance he won't pass through waivers unclaimed.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Gerardo Parra: Earns place on roster
The Giants informed Parra on Friday that he would be included on the Opening Day roster, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Even though Parra was attending spring training as a non-roster invitee, it became apparent early on that he was in good shape to break camp with the big club. Parra's case was undoubtedly aided by the Giants' lack of appealing alternatives more than anything else, but his ability to hit for contact (17 percent career strikeout rate) and play three outfield spots didn't go unnoticed. He currently projects as the favorite to open the season as the Giants' starting right fielder, though his expiring contract and status as an over-30 player won't afford him much job security if he struggles early on.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Yangervis Solarte: Earns roster spot
The Giants informed Solarte on Friday that he won a spot on the team's Opening Day roster, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Solarte is likely earmarked for a utility role after he received time at all four infield spots with the Blue Jays in 2018 and saw action at left field during spring training. The 31-year-old switch-hitter has slugged double-digit home runs in each of his five seasons in the majors, but he received more than 400 plate appearances in each of those years. He could struggle to see that level of playing time in 2019 and will be further hurt by the Giants' home park, one of the more pitcher-friendly environments in baseball.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Nick Vincent: Makes Opening Day roster
The Giants informed Vincent on Friday that he won a spot on the team's Opening Day roster, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Vincent hasn't turned in an overly impressive camp, but manager Bruce Bochy suggested the right-hander's strong track record at the big-league level weighed heavily into him making the roster. Over parts of seven seasons in the majors, Vincent has compiled a 3.17 ERA while striking out a batter per inning.... See More ... See Less
Giants' John Andreoli: Traded to Minnesota
Andreoli was traded to Minnesota for Michael Reed, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Andreoli is with his fifth organization of the offseason after passing through Baltimore, Seattle, San Francisco and Texas. He'll likely end up adding depth at Triple-A for the Twins.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Mike Yastrzemski: Sent to San Francisco
Yastrzemski was sent from Baltimore to San Francisco on Saturday in exchange for Tyler Herb, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
A 28-year-old with no big-league experience, Yastrzemski doesn't look like a particularly exciting option. He did have a solid .265/.359/.441 line in 94 games for Triple-A Norfolk last season, but he's unlikely to be anything more than organizational depth for the Giants.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Aramis Garcia: Slated to make Opening Day roster
Garcia appears to have secured an Opening Day roster spot with the Giants after the team released Rene Rivera on Saturday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Garcia, Rivera and Stephen Vogt had been competing in spring training for the backup role at catcher behind long-time starter Buster Posey. Though Vogt still remains on the spring roster, he's returning from offseason shoulder surgery and has a history of concussions, making it unlikely that he'll break camp with the big club. So long as Posey stays healthy, Garcia doesn't project to make more than three starts in a given week, which puts a significant cap on his fantasy upside.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Madison Bumgarner: Pounded by Royals
Bumgarner gave up seven runs on 10 hits and a walk over just two innings Friday against the Royals. After the game, pitching coach Curt Young said that there was nothing wrong with Bumgarner physically, Henry Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Bumgarner had cruised against the same Royals team in his last outing, throwing 6.2 innings against them while allowing just one run. For the spring he's got a 20:2 K:BB over 20.2 innings, but has given up 19 runs on 35 hits, including three homers.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Cameron Maybin: Removed from lineup
Maybin was scratched from Friday's spring game, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
No reason for Maybin's removal has been given at this point. Gerardo Parra will slide over to cover center field in place of Maybin, while Connor Joe enters the lineup as the left fielder.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Joey Bart: Returns to minors
Bart was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Bart left quite an impression during his first major-league spring training as he slashed .350/.381/.600 with two doubles and a home run in 20 at-bats. The 22-year-old spent the bulk of 2018 at Low-A Salem-Keizer and posted a .983 OPS, and is ticketed to begin the 2019 season at High-A San Jose.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Drew Ferguson: Designated for assignment
Ferguson was designated for assignment Thursday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Ferguson was the 14th pick of the Rule 5 draft this offseason. He can now be claimed by another team that would also have to carry him on its major-league roster. If he's not, he would likely head back to the Astros' minor-league system. Ferguson managed only three hits in 27 at-bats this spring.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Jordan Johnson: Dealt to Reds
Johnson was traded to the Reds from the Giants on Thursday, in exchange for Connor Joe, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Johnson spent the 2018 season split between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento. He started 26 games, posting a 4.06 ERA across 137.1 innings, striking out 114 and walking 64. The 25-year-old will serve as depth in the Reds organization.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Jeff Samardzija: Season debut coming into focus
Samardzija's first start of the season has "a very good chance" of being April 1, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
That would set Samardzija up to debut at Dodger Stadium in the Giants' fifth game of the season. The right-hander made his longest start of the spring Thursday, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing two eared runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out four.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Matt Joyce: Heading to San Francisco
Joyce signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on Wednesday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Joyce didn't have to wait long after being released by the Indians on Tuesday. The veteran will receive an invitation to big-league camp and will have a legitimate shot to break camp with the team, given the relative lack of depth in the Giants' outfield. Even in a best-case scenario, however, he's probably looking at a platoon role, and a tough home park and poor lineup will hurt his fantasy value even if he earns unexpected playing time.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Andrew Suarez: Long shot for Opening Day roster
Suarez is a strong candidate to begin the year in the minors, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Suarez is competing for a back-end rotation spot, but it sounds like veteran southpaws Drew Pomeranz and Derek Holland remain ahead of the youngster. The combination of remaining minor-league options and marginal results this spring (5.11 ERA over 12.1 innings) support Pavlovic's expectation for the sophomore beginning the year with Triple-A Sacramento. The 25-year-old hasn't been sent down yet, but fantasy owners shouldn't count on getting any starts out of the lefty early in the season.... See More ... See Less