Las Vegas casts Giants as World Series underdog

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Las Vegas casts Giants as World Series underdog

Will BrinsonNBCBayArea.com

It shouldn't be a huge surprise, but Las Vegas is favoring the Tigers over the Giants in the 2012 World Series.

According to Bovada.lv, the Tigers are significant favorites too, checking in at -175 to win the series. (If you bet 100, you would get something like 60 in winnings if the Tigers prevailed.) Meanwhile, the Giants are 155 to win the series (meaning bet 100 and get 153 in winnings).

The Tigers are favored by 1.5 on the runline in Game 1.

This shouldn't be too stunning though -- the Tigers a) are a more "popular" team, b) swept the Yankees to get here instead of storming back from down 3-1, and c) could potentially start Justin Verlander three times in a single series.

Having Verlander alone makes them the most terrifying team in this matchup. In fact, when you look at the MVP odds, Verlander is one of the top favorites. Bovada has Verlander at 81 to win the World Series MVP, which is actually a pretty decent price. Sportsbook.ag has the Tigers ace slotted at 21 (!) to take that hardware, which makes him the favorite there.

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Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

TOKYO — Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million.

The Giants announced the signing on their official website on Sunday.

McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average.

This will be McGehee's second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI while helping the Rakuten Eagles of the Pacific League win the Japan Series.

The 34-year-old can play either first or third base.

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

While the Giants aggressively pursue a new closer, they haven't been aggressive for a new left fielder.

Angel Pagan is a free agent and isn't likely to come back. That leaves talented, but unproven youngsters Mac Williams and Jarrett Parker.

And for GM Bobby Evans, who is always looking for ways to improve the roster, it appears he is content going into the 2017 with Williamson and Parker filling the void in left field.

"Our mindset has been to keep an open mind in any way we can improve the club offensively. But that said, I feel like we've got a starting lineup today that we don't have to adjust or improve upon. I'd always like to find ways to improve it. I think there are some big market options, but we've got two young guys that we want to get a good evaluation on, and you can't really do that until they get major league at-bats. That's Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker and both of them are really in-waiting for an opportunity to get everyday playing time and show what they can do," Evans told ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.

But Evans is keeping an open mind regarding acquiring a left fielder.

"That said, I also have to make sure that if we have an opportunity to improve or solidify our lineup in some way, I want to take advantage of it. But I can't lose sight of the benefit of developing our own guys and giving them a chance and not locking ourselves into keeping them from playing time in the next two to three years" Evans said.