Byrnes, Giants a no-risk match

Byrnes, Giants a no-risk match

Jan. 20, 2010GIANTS PAGE

What on earth is taking the Giants and Eric Byrnes so long? Is inviting Byrnes to spring training -- and Byrnes accepting -- not the biggest no-brainer since you signed up for a Comcast DVR box? (OK, so that was blatant butt-kissing. Sue me. But good luck serving the papers. Ill be too busy watching every episode of "Phineas and Ferb" to answer the door.) The papers that matters here are those on which Byrnes should put his signature to a minor-league deal. Hey, it's what the fans seem to want, and it's not going to cost a dime. Worst-case scenario: Byrnes stinks. Giants cut him loose. All they lose is a little meal money. Best-case scenario: Byrnes returns to the 2007 form that prompted the Diamondbacks to give him a three-year, 30-million contract, and the Giants (the team he grew up rooting for) sign him to a big-league deal for the big-league minimum (for players with like service time). There seems to be some confusion among fans regarding Arizonas financial role in all of this, so heres the clear: The D-Backs will either pay Byrnes about 11 million this year to do nothing, or theyll have to pay him more than 10 million to play for another team. That other team would have to pay that minimum -- which in this case would be in the 800,000 range. Understand that Im not saying the Giants need another player in his mid-30s. In fact, my opinion is quite the opposite, but examine the offseason moves. The 2010 team is going to be older than the 2009 team, for better of worse. But this situation is different, mainly because theres absolutely no risk. The Bay Area native and former A's outfielder has said he wants to sign here, and at the very least hed be a nice little spring diversion story. Whats the holdup? --Mychael UrbanWhat's on your mind?EmailMychael and let himknow. He may use it in his weeklyMailbag.

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

The Warriors bought Oregon's Jordan Bell in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. And, they reportedly agreed with another Duck.

Golden State is signing Oregon forward Chris Boucher to a two-way NBA contract after the senior went undrafted, according to Shams Charina of The Vertical.

Boucher, at 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds, averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31 games for Oregon this past season. He also averaged 2.5 blocks per game and shot 35 percent from beyond the arc. 

Boucher suffered a torn ACL in the Pac-12 semifinals against Cal. 

NBA rosters will grow to 17 players with two-way contracts between the G-League and players will make a guarantee of at least $75,000. Players who sign two-ways contracts can make up to $275,000 depending on how long they are on an NBA roster.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants dropping series vs Braves

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants dropping series vs Braves

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SAN FRANCISCO — The kid who raced The Freeze on Thursday night blew a tire as he hit center field, hobbled for about 50 feet, and then went down for good. He still had a better night than the Giants. 

They blew all four tires in the fifth, giving up eight runs in a nightmare frame that turned a two-run lead into a 12-11 loss. The Giants finished 1-7 on the swing through Denver and Atlanta, and they have lost 18 of their last 23 games. 

But, let’s face it, you’re here already. So here are five more things to know from the night … 

—- Matt Cain was hanging in there until the fifth, and then … disaster. The inning started with Brandon Phillips’ solo shot that cut the lead to one. Then it went single, single before Cain was relieved by Bryan Morris. After that, it was single, single, single, sacrifice fly, homer, flyout, walk, single, pitching change, single. 

—- Morris had to wear it in the fifth because the bullpen is short, and boy, did he wear it. Morris gave up five runs on five hits and a walk. His ERA jumped two full points in two-thirds of an inning. 

—- Kyle Crick made his MLB debut in that horrendous bottom of the fifth. The Giants surely did not want to bring him in with runners on, but Bruce Bochy had no choice when Morris blew up. Crick’s first pitch was a 95 mph heater. After giving up a hit in that inning, he pitched a perfect sixth and perfect seventh. Crick topped out at 97 mph. Pretty, pretty good stuff there. He needs to get a long look the rest of this year. 

—- In the second, Buster Posey hit a ball that went 311 feet and had a hit probability of just six percent. Cain hit a ball 357 feet. Posey got a homer that bounced off the top of the wall; Cain just got a double. Baseball is such an odd game.  

—- On a positive note, Javi Lopez, who calls Brandon Belt “Sparky,” repeatedly referred to Posey as Gerald. He’s going to be good at this job.