Cain wants 'fair value,' answer before season


Cain wants 'fair value,' answer before season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Cain is consulting with Buster Posey's agent as he and the Giants continue conversations about a multiyear contract that would keep him with the club beyond this season.

"We're listening to anything that's of fair value," Cain said. "That's the way we're taking it."

Giants CEO Larry Baer, who arrived in camp Saturday, said "there has been a lot of back and forth conversations. It's conversation and that's a good thing."

Do the Giants share a common idea on what represents "fair value" for Cain?

"To be determined," said Baer, after a pause. "To be determined. ... To be determined."

Cain reiterated that he wants a resolution before the April 6 season opener.

"I believe both sides would like to have something resolved, whether it's signing back or not," he said. "Once the season starts, I want to be thinking about the season."

Baer said Cain remains a top priority, calling him "one of our guys we'll put a lot of energy into."

Energy is nice. Dollars are better.

Cain's agents, Landon Williams and Rick Landrum, moved in December from their NFL-heavy agency in Memphis to CAA -- an international firm that represents celebrities as well as players in all professional sports. Williams and Landrum followed Jimmy Sexton, who represents mostly NFL players as well as a stable of high-profile coaches such as Nick Saban and Bill Parcells.

CAA represents dozens of high-profile major leaguers, including Posey. His agent, Jeff Berry, is assisting in Cain's negotiations.

"He does a great job and we've built a relationship quickly," Cain said. "I still talk to Landon, Rick and Jimmy on a more normal basis. ... It's great because they're able to tap into a lot more resources. It's going to be beneficial for both sides."

In other news, Cain said the Giants would have their annual meeting with the Players Association, and he expected players would have plenty of questions about the league's drug testing procedures following Ryan Braun's lifted suspension. An arbitrator ruled Friday that Braun's 50-game suspension should be rescinded because there was a breakdown in the chain of custody of his urine sample, which tested positive for a banned substance.
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"It's something everybody will want to talk about," said Cain, adding he didn't know enough about the specifics to venture an opinion. "I haven't gotten any info. I guess we'll find out."

Cain will serve as the Giants' union representative again this season.

Samardzija dials up seven strong innings as Giants take series from Pirates


Samardzija dials up seven strong innings as Giants take series from Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt doubled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning in support of starter Jeff Samardzija, who threw seven strong innings in the San Francisco Giants' 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.

Pinch-hitter Miguel Gomez doubled to lead off the seventh for the Giants, who won their second straight and third of five. Denard Span sacrificed him to third and Belt drove a ball to left field that Starling Marte seemed to have trouble finding. It fell in front of him, allowing Gomez to score.

Adam Frazier drove in a run for the Pirates, who lost their fourth in five following a six-game winning streak.

Samardzija (5-11) allowed a run and four hits, striking out eight and walking two in winning for the first time since July 2. He had allowed 12 runs in his previous 10 1/3 innings.

Pirates starter Trevor Williams pitched well, allowing a run and five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Tony Watson (5-3) pitched the seventh and took the loss.

Hunter Strickland pitched a spotless eighth and Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Each pitcher worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the early going. Samardzija struck out Josh Bell to open the second and then allowed four consecutive baserunners, including Frazier's double. He helped himself with a bare-handed grab of high hopper to record an out at the plate.

The Giants loaded the bases with one out in the first, with Brandon Crawford driving in a run on a groundout.

Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco (hamstring) is resuming baseball activities. He is hitting and playing catch and riding on a stationary bike. ... Austin Meadows, the Pirates' top prospect, has been hitting and throwing and is scheduled to resume playing games next week.

Giants: OF Carlos Moncrief had his contract purchased from Sacramento and will be used as a pinch-hitter and spot starter. ... RHP Johnny Cueto (blister) threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session before the game. He's scheduled to throw again Friday and if all goes well, will likely return to action. ... RHP Mark Melancon (right pronater strain) threw 30 pitches before the game and will throw again in Los Angeles either another bullpen or to hitters. He could start a rehab assignment soon after.

Pirates: Chad Kuhl (3-7, 4.92 ERA) gets the call in Friday's series opener at San Diego. He's won his only start against the Padres.

Giants: LHP Matt Moore (3-10, 5.82 ERA) starts the series opener at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. He's 2-2 in four career starts at Dodger Stadium.

Eduardo Nuñez thanks Giants after trade: 'I will be forever grateful'

Eduardo Nuñez thanks Giants after trade: 'I will be forever grateful'

Eduardo Nuñez's stint with the San Francisco Giants lasted just under a year.

After the Giants acquired the infielder from the Twins on July 28, 2016, they shipped him off to Boston for two minor league pitchers on July 25, 2017.

On Wednesday, the day after Nuñez was traded mid-game, he went to Instagram to thank the Giants' organization and the fans for his year in San Francisco. 

Between the second half of 2016 and the first half of 2017, Nuñez slashed .293./331/.417 and swiped 31 bags. 

The Giants and his teammates also took to social media to thank Nuñez for his time.