The Giants closed the 2012 season with an eight-game lead over the division-rival Dodgers, then went on a remarkable postseason run to earn their second World Series Championship in the past three years. Los Angeles' newly-extended closer Brandon League is not impressed; he offered some early bulletin-board comments regarding next season.
"The Giants had a great year," League said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday. "They won the games they needed to win. But I think in 2013, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be the team everyone wants to beat or tries to beat.
"We're going to have a target on our back next year and we welcome it."
League's comments came on the same day as the Giants ticker tape parade.
His inflated perception of the L.A. team seems natural after his comments about free agency.
"I didn't feel the need to test the market because the Dodgers were No. 1 on my list," League said.
The 29-year-old righty was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in part of the Dodgers' 2011 trade-deadline shopping spree. Last week he signed a three-year, 22.5-million contract extension after going 2-1 with six saves and a 2.30 ERA in 28 games for the Dodgers last season.
Expected to be the Dodgers closer next season, League will have plenty of chances to back up his bold claims, and he'll have them with when the most chips are on the table.
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.
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.