SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants have put a focus this spring on getting Brandon Crawford ready for the World Baseball Classic, which meant a slight surprise for the first lineup of the new year. Crawford is hitting leadoff in Friday's exhibition opener so he can potentially get extra at-bats. Crawford and Buster Posey will leave camp in early March to represent the United States in the WBC.
Manager Bruce Bochy went heavy on the regulars in the exhibition opener. Crawford is one of six likely opening day starters to play right away:
Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to pitch an inning Friday against the visiting Reds, followed by Clayton Blackburn, Steven Okert, Derek Law, Cory Gearrin and others. The opener is meaningful to a couple of players fighting for spots. Michael Morse, the DH, is trying to make the team as a left fielder/first baseman. Jarrett Parker is trying to beat out Morse, Mac Williamson and others for the starting spot in left.
The Giants are facing a Reds team full of prospects, including the starter, right-hander Rookie Davis, who was acquired in the Aroldis Chapman deal. Former Giant Adam Duvall is hitting fourth for Cincinnati.
The Warriors can reportedly bring back Andrew Bogut this season after all.
The league reviewed the rules and Golden State is eligible to sign Bogut, according to multiple reports.
NBA's reacquisition rule doesn't apply to GSW, because Dallas becomes most recent to waive Bogut. G-State undecided on its Bogut interest.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 24, 2017
On Thursday, Bogut was traded to Philadelphia and once reports surfaced that the 76ers would potentially buy Bogut out, speculation began as to where the big man would ultimately sign.
The initial belief was that even if the Warriors and Bogut wanted to reunite, the CBA would not allow it.
However, The Vertical's Bobby Marks pointed out:
A loophole in the CBA could allow Golden State to sign Andrew Bogut (if he desires to return).— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 23, 2017
The reacquisition restriction rule only applies to the "last trade" and not all prior trades as well.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 23, 2017
The NBA could interpret that both Golden State and Dallas could not sign Bogut however but as the rule states, the last team is Dallas.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 23, 2017
Marks is correct.
And according to ESPN's Marc Stein:
Now that Bogut is expected to hit the free-agent market, league sources say Golden State will indeed consider all its options. However ...— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 24, 2017
The likelihood remains Golden State will target guards in the buyout market OR ride with Briante Weber as his second 10-day nears completion— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 24, 2017
As of Friday morning, Bogut is still a member of the 76ers.