Larry Baer on Giants' mindset for rest of 2017: '2018 started now'


Larry Baer on Giants' mindset for rest of 2017: '2018 started now'

Entering Friday's game in Washington, the Giants have 46 games remaining in the 2017 season.

But with the team 24 games under .500, 36 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West and 19 games out of a Wild Card spot, Larry Baer and the front office has already turned the page to 2018.

Appearing on KNBR 680 on Thursday, Baer was asked if the Giants could make any trades during the August waiver period and in his answer, provided a window into the franchise's mindset.

"We could. We could. I don't think that's necessarily in the offing. Our big thing now is to look at moving guys through the system and doing 2018 planning. The way we look at it, 2018 started now. It may be August 10th, but it's 2018," Baer said. "We're focused on what we can do now to finish strong and get ourselves set up for 2018. That's why Jarrett Parker, Ryder Jones and Kyle Crick [are playing], and there will be others that we want to get a look at, there will be others in September when rosters expand. We're going to take a good hard look and then figure out where we go on the outside in the offseason via trade or via free agency."

The Giants made one trade prior to the July 31st deadline, sending Eduardo Nunez to Boston for two minor leaguers.

Baer and Co. head into the 2018 seasons trying to figure out who will be the everyday third baseman. Christian Arroyo saw time there earlier in the season before being optioned back to Triple-A and breaking his hand while playing for the River Cats. Following the trade of Nunez, Jones has been splitting time with Pablo Sandoval.

Parker started the 2017 season as the Giants' left fielder, but a broken collarbone in mid-April sidelined him for two and a half months. Now healthy, Parker is hitting .417 with five doubles, one home run and eight RBI in six games since coming off the disabled list.

The Giants let the Pirates have veteran reliever George Kontos on a waiver claim on August 5 in order to get a long look at former top prospect-turned-bullpen-arm Crick. In 14 appearances with the Giants, the 24-year-old has a 2.60 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched.

Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park


Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park

Barry Bonds was back in left field Friday at AT&T Park. Calm down, he was in blue jeans not a Giants jersey. 

Before the Giants take on the Phillies, Bonds casual caught fly balls back at the spot he used to roam for San Francisco. On Twitter he wrote, "I think I still got it. What do you guys think?"

Known for his legendary power as baseball's all-time home runs leader, Bonds is also one of the best defensive outfielders the game has ever seen. Bonds won eight Gold Glove awards in his career, five of them coming with the Giants.

Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are the all-time leaders of Gold Glove awards among outfielders with 12 each. 

The Giants have used 13 players in left field this season. Perhaps they could use one more in Bonds.

Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2


Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2

The Giants scored early and hung on to beat the Phillies on Thursday night. One night later, Bruce Bochy is going with the same eight.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-76)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Tommy Joseph (R) 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Zach Eflin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (49-74)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Matt Moore (L) P