Report: Cards sign ex-Giant Beltran


Report: Cards sign ex-Giant Beltran

Free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran has agreed to a contract with the World Series champion Cardinals, according to a published report out of St. Louis.

The deal is reportedly for two years, worth 26 million, and includes a no-trade clause.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the deal just before 5 p.m. on Thursday. The paper reported that Beltran selected the Cardinals offer the Indians and Blue jays. The Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays were also said to be in the mix for the switch-hitter.

Beltran, who will turn 35 in April split the 2011 campaign between New York and San Francisco, appearing in 142 games. He hit .300 with 22 home runs and 84 RBIs.

Beltran was acquired by the Giants in a trade deadline deal that cost San Francisco top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.

He appeared in 44 games but spent two weeks on the DL during August with a strained right hand and wrist after checking a swing against Philadelphia's Roy Oswalt.

The Giants selected Wheeler with the No. 6 pick in the 2009 draft. The right-hander was 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 16 starts for San Francisco's high Class-A affiliate in San Jose.

His acquisition helps offset the loss of slugger Albert Pujols, who left St. Louis for a 10-year, 254-million deal with the Angels.

BREAKING: Giants sign Pablo Sandoval to minor league deal

BREAKING: Giants sign Pablo Sandoval to minor league deal

SAN FRANCISCO — Three years after departing for what he thought would be a better fit, Pablo Sandoval has returned. 

The third baseman, a key cog in the dynasty the Giants built earlier this decade, re-signed with the organization on a minor league deal on Saturday morning. Sandoval will join Class-A San Jose immediately and move on to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. He was in the AT&T Park clubhouse on Saturday to take a physical. 

Sandoval, now 30 years old, spent the first seven years of his career in San Francisco, batting .294 with 106 homers amid battles with his weight and inconsistency. The Giants never quite got on the same page with Sandoval when it came to his conditioning, and he alternated between being a valued power hitter in the middle of their lineup and sitting on the verge of being replaced. 

In Boston, there were no such highs. Sandoval played just 161 games over three seasons, batting .237 with 14 homers, and playing poor defense. He posted a negative Wins Above Replacement in all three seasons with the Red Sox and he was designated for assignment last week. Sandoval twice cleared waivers, so the Red Sox are on the hook for the remainder of a five-year, $95 million contract. 

The Giants have not yet commented publicly about Sandoval, citing tampering rules. The view from team employees seems to be that there’s little risk in signing a former fan favorite who comes essentially for free. With Christian Arroyo on the disabled list, Sandoval will not be blocking one of the organization’s top prospects, although you can argue that a last-place team would be better served looking at players like Ryder Jones.

Most players were guarded in their comments this week. Hunter Pence, the lone player mentioned in a positive light by Sandoval in a scathing article after his departure, said he is excited for a reunion. Others offered some version of, “If he helps us win, so be it.” 

It’s unclear if Sandoval can still do that, and multiple team officials, speaking on background this week, said it’s a coin flip whether Sandoval ever returns to the majors. Still, the Giants are willing to flip that coin, and their history says they don't sign veterans and leave them in the minors. 

Giants make roster moves; right-handed bullpen arm, infielder recalled


Giants make roster moves; right-handed bullpen arm, infielder recalled

The Giants announced a quartet of roster moves ahead of Game 3 of their series against the San Diego Padres. 

Albert Suarez and Orlando Calixte have been recalled from triple-A Sacramento while Steven Okert and Jae-Gyun Hwang have been optioned down to triple-A. 

Suarez has missed the entire season with shoulder and calf injuries. 

Calixte has appeared in eight games with the Giants this season. In 29 plate appearences, he has four hits and three runs batted in. 

Hwang hit .167 in his time with the big league club.