Bochy rests Pagan, Sandoval for two very different reasons

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Bochy rests Pagan, Sandoval for two very different reasons

DENVER Angel Pagan is getting a day off Wednesday becauseof a stubborn cut on his left hand. Pablo Sandovals ailment is more difficultto pin down.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to take advantage ofThursdays day off to give both players a chance to recuperate.

Pagan has been battling a split callous on his hand sincespring training. Its not significant and hes available off the bench, butthis is the second to last time that Bochy can pair a rest with an off day toprovide a 48-hour respite.

As for Sandoval, he is 0 for 9 in two games at Coors Fieldand has been highly erratic at third base. Bochy didnt hesitate to take himout on a double switch in the sixth inning Tuesday night, and after a meeting withthe coaches to address his lack of production at the plate, Bochy said Sandovalcould benefit from watching a game.

I talked to Pablo and told him thats the plan, to give hima break, Bochy said. Back off a little bit. Hes been pressing. Let him getaway. Hes definitely fighting it and its starting to mount up on him as faras trying too hard.

Lets get him back to being relaxed and having fun. It hasntbeen fun for him the last couple games.

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In other pregame news, Xavier Nady ran curves and said hesoptimistic his strained hamstring will be serviceable to start in left fieldover the weekend in Arizona. The Giants will face three left-handers in theseries at Chase Field that begins on Friday.

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Theres still a buzz over Guillermo Motas outing fromTuesday night. A lot of folks saw the 3-2 breaking balls he threw and took itas a signal that hes back. Expect to see Mota in more leveraged situations.

Sergio Romo knows all about leverage, too. Hes available,and Bochy said hes very pleased with how Romo has been able to handle beingused more often this season. Hes really held up well with handling what wevethrown at him, Bochy said. Hes been able to go two and three (consecutive)days. Its a credit to his maintenance work.

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants avoided arbitration with three more veterans on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Eduardo Nuñez, left-hander Will Smith and right-hander George Kontos.

Financial details were not immediately available. MLB Trade Rumors' projections put Nuñez at about $4.4 million, Smith at about $2.3 million, and Kontos at about $1.7 million. The Giants reached deals with all six arbitration eligible players this offseason. 

Nunez, acquired last summer, will enter camp as the starter at third base. He posted a .269/.327/.418 slash line and 12 stolen bases after coming over from the Twins.

Smith was also acquired before the trade deadline, and he had a 2.95 ERA in 26 appearances for the Giants. He is expected to play a pivotal role in setting up for new closer Mark Melancon. 

Kontos has long been Bruce Bochy's most reliable reliever in the middle innings and he could move to a higher-leverage role in a revamped bullpen. He had a 2.53 ERA in 2016, his fifth season with the Giants.

The Giants had previously reached one-year deals with Cory Gearrin, Ehire Adrianza and Conor Gillaspie. They have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 2004, when a deal could not be reached with A.J. Pierzynski. 
 

Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose

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Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose

MLB Hall-of-Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry believes home run king Barry Bonds will eventually be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. 

"I think he’ll get in eventually," Perry said, according to USA Today. "If you have a player like that, pretty soon, you put him in."

Perry, 78, was infamous for doctoring baseballs on the mound and throwing a spitball. Author of 314 career wins over a 22-year season, Perry was inducted into Cooperstown in 1991. His No. 36 is one of 10 numbers retired by the Giants. 

But Perry doesn't feel the same about hit king Pete Rose.

"Pete did the worst thing possible, worse than steroids," Perry said. "He put money on games, win or lose. He’s paying the price."

Bonds, 52, was a seven-time MVP, a 14-time All-Star, a 12-time Silver Slugger, an eight-time Gold Glover. He owns the most home runs (762), the most walks (2,558) and the most intentional walks (688) in MLB history.

Rose, 75, was Rookie of the Year, MVP and a 17-time All-Star. He owns the most games (3,562), plate appearances (15,890), at-bats (14,053), and hits (4,256) in MLB history.