EXTRAS: Plans for Posey, Wilson; spring roster whittled down

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EXTRAS: Plans for Posey, Wilson; spring roster whittled down

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With a plethora of players workingtheir way back from injuries from major ones like Buster Poseys surgically-repairedankle to minor issues like Nate Schierholtzs bruised hip Bruce Bochy has toanswer a lot of questions regarding timetables.After Mondays 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Bochy laid outhis plans for Poseys next game action. The Giants star catcher will catchfour innings for the second time in 2012 on Tuesday, then serve as Bochysdesignated hitter on Wednesday, the manager said.Posey debuted on Friday with two innings of work, then followed that up withfour innings on Sunday.Closer Brian Wilson, who needed only nine pitches to get through his firstinning of work this spring on Sunday, will work again on Wednesday, accordingto Bochy.Wilson said after his outing Sunday that his third appearance will come on St.Patricks Day, March 17th.As for Schierholtz, he started on Monday after missing Sundays game and went 1-for-3.He wouldve had a double down the right-field line, too, but Eric Hosmer doveto rob him in one of two nice plays to his left on the afternoon.Schierholtz was in the trainers room in the middle of the game getting his legexamined when reporters entered to speak with starter Tim Lincecum, but itlooked like a routine examination, and not setback related.In other injury news, Ryan Vogelsong will throw 45 pitches in a bullpen sessionWednesday, and Mike Fontenot has been out of commission with a groin injury butshould play Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. --Joaquin Arias, a non-roster invitee middle infielder, is a long shot to makethe 25-man roster. But if Brandon Crawford is struggling at the plate and theGiants feel the need to make a change at shortstop, Arias might get a look outof the minor leagues assuming he accepts the assignment when he is inevitably sent down.Arias was 0-for-3 Monday, but played spectacular defense, including a divingcatch as the second baseman on a line drive up the middle.Tim Lincecum took notice, even if hes not sure how to pronounce histeammates name.Arias right? I cant pronounce it right without messing itup, Lincecum said. Hes got a lot of range out there. Its nice to have himand Crawford up the middle making plays, keeping the innings short and pitchcounts down.Arias has also made an impression on his manager.I like the way hes played all spring, Bochy said. Hesgot a calmness about him; great glove defensively.--Gregor Blanco is forcing the Giants to consider leaving a roster spot open for him aftergoing 3-for-3 Monday to raise his Cactus League average to .545. He also stolehis sixth base in seven tries.Blanco led off the game with a flare over the shortstops head and aggressivelypushed for second base. He was safe at second, but slid past the bag and wastagged out.Bochy didnt mind.The bag was wet the first time when he slid off it, Bochyexplained. But great job hustling turning a single into a double. Hes doingall he can to make the club and we dont know whats going to happen, but hescertainly doing his part.--Brett Pill, who started at first base Monday with Aubrey Huff and Brandon Belton the bench, went 2-for-4 to raise his spring average to .321. One of his two outs was a loud one, too, as he sent a first-inning LukeHochevar fastball 400 feet to the warning track in dead center.Pill has a chance to really shake up the Giants 25-man roster if he forces theGiants to save a spot for him. While Pill is helping his case, neitherAubrey Huff nor Brandon Belt are making the decision any easier. Both are hitting over .300 aswell.--Hector Sanchez struck out in his lone at-bat after takingover for starter Eli Whiteside at catcher Monday, but is still batting .467this spring.Despite Sanchezs hot start, Bochy said it was unlikely theGiants would carry three catchers on their Opening Day roster, but added younever know.--Tim Lincecums father Chris is in Arizona and the inventorof the Giants aces unique delivery is helping his son in a different way.Said Tim: Nothing physical, more just kind of talking aboutit, sitting down, just him giving pointers here and there, just reminding methat its okay to relax and take it easy. He knows that my mind is running at100 MPH when Im out there thinking about things. So for him to come in hereand actually make it easier on me is nice and it makes spending time with him alot easier as well.--The Giants have started to whittle down their spring training roster to open upmore playing time for those that need to either get ready for the regularseason or continue to audition for a big-league job.After Mondays game, RHP Seth Rosin, RHP Shawn Sanford, CAndrew Susac and IF Joe Panik were reassigned to minor league camp and IF Ehire Adrianza was optioned to Triple-A. Before thegame, OF Francisco Peguero was optioned to Triple-A and C Tommy Joseph, who hadtwo home runs Saturday, was reassigned to minor league camp.Prior to Sundays game, RHP Stephen Harrold, RHP Jake Dunning, RHP Austin Fleetand LHP David Quinowski were also assigned to minor league camp.

Giants sign veteran catcher Nick Hundley

Giants sign veteran catcher Nick Hundley

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants announced a one-year deal with catcher Nick Hundley on Tuesday, giving them a veteran backup behind Buster Posey. 

Hundley received a Major League deal worth about $2 million, putting him in pole position in the battle to be the second catcher. The 33-year-old has spent nine seasons in the big leagues, the majority of them with the Padres. He hit .260 with 10 homers last season with the Rockies. 

“His experience overall brings added value to our club,” general manager Bobby Evans said, noting that Hundley is very familiar with the NL West. “The attractive elements of his game and experience bring needed depth for us.” 

Hundley getting a Major League deal means he’s almost certainly ticketed for an opening day job, ousting incumbent Trevor Brown, who spent all of 2016 in the big leagues. Brown hit .237 with five homers in his first full big league season, but the Giants had quietly been looking for a more experienced option who could allow Brown — 25 years old and still relatively new to catching — to get additional seasoning in Triple-A. 

The Giants have not fully ruled out carrying three catchers. Brown, who was drafted as an infielder, occasionally takes ground balls at second and third, and there has been some discussion about a more varied role. 

“It is with some mixed feelings about how much to move him around off catching because catching is a very complex and difficult challenge,” Evans said. “When you move him around you don’t want to take away from what he’s doing behind the plate and at the same time you don’t want him to get hurt at another position. But (manager Bruce Bochy) and I have discussed the fact that we’ll look at him more at different positions this spring than we have in the past because we appreciate the value that he brings.”

The Giants have spent all offseason looking to add a third catcher to the mix, and if Brown is in Triple-A, they will have a third catcher on the 40-man roster who can be optioned back and forth. There will be veterans in camp on non-roster deals, including Tim Federowicz, but opt-out clauses may leave the depth chart short when the regular season arrives. 

In Hundley, the Giants have an option who should provide a little pop off the bench and lessen the drop off when Posey gets a day off. Evans said this move does not indicate that Posey will get additional rest or time at first base in 2017. He caught a career-high 122 games in 2016, winning his first Gold Glove Award. 

“The more we can keep Buster behind the plate and healthy, the stronger our team is,” Evans said. “The ideal is to keep him back there as much as possible and 120 (games) is a very fair target.”

Hundley, a native of the Northwest, is the second player signed to a big league deal this offseason, joining new closer Mark Melancon. The Giants do not expect to make another move of significance. To clear a 40-man roster spot, Ehire Adrianza was designated for assignment. If the Giants can’t line up a minor trade, Adrianza will return to the organization.

Dodgers trade top pitching prospect to Rays for 2B Forsythe

Dodgers trade top pitching prospect to Rays for 2B Forsythe

The Dodgers' months-long search for a second baseman is over.

Los Angeles has acquired infielder Logan Forsythe from the Rays, the team announced Monday afternoon.

The Dodgers are sending top pitching prospect Jose De Leon to Tampa Bay.

In 127 games for the Rays in 2016, the 30-year-old Forsythe hit .264/.333/.444 with 24 doubles, 20 home runs and 52 RBI.

Forsythe is set to make $7 million in 2017 and has a team option worth $8.5 million or a $1 million buyout for 2018.

De Leon, 24, made his major league debut for the Dodgers during the 2016 season. In four starts, he posted a 6.35 ERA while striking out 15 batters in 17 innings. In 16 startts for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2016, De Leon registered a 2.61 ERA and struck out 111 batters in just 86.1 innings.

A native of Puerto Rico, De Leon was recently ranked as the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect Baseball America.

For most of the offseason, the Dodgers had been linked to Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, but the two sides couldn't come together on a deal.