Miami Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins will speak on MLB Network's Hot Stove Wednesday in his first TV interview since his home plate collision with Giants catcher Buster Posey last May.CSNBayArea.com has obtained quotes prior to tonight's airing from Cousins' interview with Matt Yallop:
Ontrying to speak with Posey after the game:
"Iimmediately tried to call over to their trainer. I couldnt get a hold of himbut I just knew something wasnt good here and I wanted to make sure, you know,I wanted to reach out and let him know that I was thinking about him."OnPosey telling Bob Costas this July that he didnt have the chance to talk withCousins since the collision:
"Maybe hedidnt. I dont know what he was up to. He was very busy, I know that. He wastrying to get his leg fixed and he was on the verge of having twins, I knowthat, so maybe he didnt have the chance. Maybe he still doesnt have thechance. I dont know. Thats up to him." OnGiants GM Brian Sabean saying after the game that Cousins tried to be a hero:
"It hurt,Im not gonna lie. Its my hometown. The Giants were the team I grew upwatching and wanted to play for but people sometimes in the heat of themoment say things that they regret.""We talkeda little bit and he expressed to me that he regretted the things he had saidon-air and that we were all gonna move forward. And that, that meant alot to me, that he reached out to me to explain himself." Onwhat it will be like during his next game at AT&T Park:
Whoknows? I anticipate a lot of boos but hopefully Buster Poseys catching and Ican give him a pat on the back and let him know You know, Im happy for youthat you made your comeback and that youre doing so well. Thats what Ihope and thats what I anticipate. Giarratanoon whether Scott will ever be past the collision:
"I thinkdeep down in his core I dont think Scotts ever gonna be past it but Ithink hes learned how to deal with it so that he could be successful as ahuman being."You can catch the interview with Scott Cousins on MLB Network today at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30pm PT.
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.
As the Winter Meetings get set to begin in Washington, D.C. on Monday, the Giants still haven't crossed off the top item on their offseason wish list.
The closer role remains vacant.
Names like Mark Melancon and Greg Holland have been linked to the Giants over the last few weeks, but nothing has materialized.
On Friday, GM Bobby Evans provided an update while speaking with ESPN's Buster Olney.
"There's been a lot of signings and a number of trades. In many ways, more done prior to the winter meetings than in the last couple of years. We still are in process, relative to trade options, relative to free agent options, to be clear who's pitching the ninth inning for us. So we feel we have the makings of a good bullpen, we just need to be clear who's pitching the ninth. And we'd like to solidify that through the trade market or free agent market. It's progressing. We're a month into this process, so we have a lot more information. But ultimately, until we have a closer, we're still in the search mode.
There's a nice balance between both. It's just that, they both have costs. Relative to a trade, sometimes you're giving up, in some cases, one or more of your top prospects and other prospects below that. In the way of free agency, it's obviously an expenditure for a certain number of years that is elavated more on the supply and demand side. That said, there are some middle tier late inning options as well that may not be as demanding as some of the bigger names. Again, it's a balance of options trying to measure all three."