No World Series roster changes - and no Melky - for Giants


No World Series roster changes - and no Melky - for Giants

Programming note: For complete wrap-around coverage of Game 1, tune in to Giants October Quest, today at 4pm right up until first pitch and again after the final out, only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area!SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants considered a roster tweak for the World Series, perhaps scaling back to 11 pitchers to allow them to widen their options at designated hitter when the series moves to Detroit for Game 3.

But Giants manager Bruce Bochy just informed me that there will be no changes. The Giants will carry the same 25 players from the NLDS and NLCS.

The club could have subtracted a pitcher such as right-hander Guillermo Mota for backup catcher Eli Whiteside, which would allow them to use Hector Sanchez's switch-hitting bat more freely off the bench. But the club doesn't want to burn Tim Lincecum in any kind of mop-up duty, which has been Mota's role.RELATED: San Francisco Giants 2012 World Series page

Bochy hasn't decided on a DH yet, but it won't be Melky Cabrera.

Giants CEO Larry Baer said there has been no discussion about reconsidering the club's stance on Cabrera, who satisfied terms of his 50-game suspension for a failed PED test at the conclusion of the NL Division Series with Cincinnati.

"This was a group decision and everybody believed it was the right thing given all the information at hand," Baer said. "The way the team was playing, the way we thought the team could keep going -- it was the entire set of issues."

Yes, but now the Giants are in need of a DH -- and Cabrera was leading the major leagues in hits and runs scored on the day he was suspended. So it's a suspect contention, at best, that the Giants truly believe their team is better off without him.RELATED: Bochy tells his team the journey is not yet over

There are other issues, though, including the fact that many teammates, players and coaches felt betrayed when Cabrera lied to all of them about the positive test when rumors of it began to leak. He still has not spoken to teammates and his sudden appearance no doubt would disrupt a chemistry and unity that has allowed the Giants to win six consecutive elimination games this postseason.

Then there is the fact that one of Cabrera's associates tried to dupe MLB investigators by creating a phony Web site selling a phony product to explain the positive test.

"This was not a split decision," Baer said. "This was everybody on the same page -- Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean, our scouts, all our ownership, the CEO -- it was right for us when we made the decision."
RATTO: 'Rust' factor for Tigers? It's a mythThere is a sense around the team that Cabrera could be brought back as a free agent after the season, especially after his olive branch to convince Major League Baseball to disqualify him from the batting title, which passed to Buster Posey.

"But we can't wrap our brains around any of that now," Baer said. "Nobody's taken out the 2013 calendar yet."

As for their current situation, the Giants could use Aubrey Huff or Sanchez at designated hitter -- although with Sanchez in that spot, they'd have to give up the DH if Posey were to get hurt behind the plate.RELATED: Giants, Tigers World Series capsules

It might be less advantageous to have a right-handed DH against the Tigers' all-righty playoff rotation, but Xavier Nady and Ryan Theriot are two options and Joaquin Arias is another, perhaps starting at third base with Pablo Sandoval at DH.

Hey, it beats Tsuyoshi Shinjo.

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.” 

Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft


Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Juan DeDios Prada and Fernando Sierra pleaded not guilty to burglary and other charges Thursday.

Prosecutors say the two security guards conspired with a third man, Jesse Luis Dagnesses, to steal baseball uniforms and other team merchandise to sell online.

They say Prada and Sierra stole more than $3,400 from a locked equipment room at the stadium between January 2013 and February 2016.

Authorities say Dagnesses is accused of receiving $950 in stolen baseballs and jerseys.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had attorneys who could comment on the allegations.