Giants closer Brian Wilson's latest foray into the world of professional golf was cut short Tuesday when he withdrew from participating in the pro-am portion of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Orlando, Fla. The PGA Tour did not make a formal announcement, but multiple sources close to Wilson suggested to CSNBayArea.com that his decision not to play in the pro-am, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, was based on a scheduling conflict.
Last February, as part of his post-World Series tour de force, Wilson served as friend and PGA pro Pat Perez's caddy in the Waste Management Open in Scottsdale, Ariz., two weeks before the start of spring training.
After five seasons with the Giants, outfielder Gregor Blanco has a new home.
The veteran outfielder has agreed to a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to his agent Wilfredo Polidor.
The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
The deal includes a $1 million base salary if Blanco makes the major league roster, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. Blanco has a chance to earn an addition $2.7 million in performance-based incentives and has an opt-out of April 1 in the deal.
Shortly after Polidor made the announcement, Blanco thanked the D'backs on Twitter for the bringing him to the organization.
"Thanks to the
@Dbacks for let me part of a dream the same dream I got another ring another championship let's all dream together we can doit," Blanco wrote.
Blanco bounced around from Braves to the Royals from 2008 to 2010, but found a home with the Giants prior to the 2012 season.
Over five seasons with the Giants, Blanco appeared in 649 games. He hit .259/.338/.360 with 244 runs scored, 78 doubles, 24 triples, 19 home runs, 157 RBI and 75 stolen bases.
President Barack Obama pardoned Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey on Tuesday.
McCovey, along with Dodgers Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider, pleaded guilty to tax fraud in July of 1995. The crime came from not reporting income McCovey earned from signing autographs and appearing at sports memorabilia shows.
McCovey previously pleaded guilty to not listing $70,000 he made from 1988-90, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Through the Giants, McCovey said: "I want to express my sincere gratitude to President Obama not only for this kind gesture on my behalf, but also for his tireless service to all Americans. He will be deeply missed and I wish him all the best in the future."
The 79-year-old McCovey was one of 64 people who received pardons from President Obama Tuesday as his final days in office wind down.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.