Report: Cody Ross lowers his demands


Report: Cody Ross lowers his demands

The Giants wanted to bring Cody Ross back, but they wanted to do it on their terms. "Simply put," Brian Sabean said at the Winter Meetings, "with Ross, we could never get on the same page."

So Ross hit the free agent market in search of a three-year contract. He hasn't found it, and according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ross has lowered his demands and is now seeking a two-year offer.

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David O'BrienJust an FYI, Cody Ross wanted 3-yr deal to stay in S.F. and its pitcher-friendly ballpark; I hear a 2-yr offer is what he seeks now as FA
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It's purely speculation at this point, but with Ross ready to cede contract years, it's possible he and the Giants could resume talks.

There are a lot of moving parts in the Giants outfield. This offseason, San Francisco has added outfielders Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan. They also have Nate Schierholtz and utility players Aubrey Huff and Brandon Belt in the outfield mix.

Ross will always have a place in Giants history for his MVP performance in the 2010 NLCS, when he broke up back-to-back no-hit bids against the Phillies with home runs. But in 2011, Ross batted at a .240 clip in over 400 at bats.

The Reds and Cardinals are two teams that have been linked to Ross this offseason. And the fact the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting on Ross implicates the Braves as well.

Dodgers trade former Giants reliever to Rays

Dodgers trade former Giants reliever to Rays

Sergio Romo is headed to the American League.

After being designated for assignment on Thursday, the veteran reliever was traded by the Dodgers along with cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday evening.

The Dodgers will receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Romo's first season with the team he grew up rooting for didn't go as planned. In 30 games, Romo posted a 6.12 ERA.

The Brawley-native was drafted by the Giants in 2005 and spent nine seasons pitching for San Francisco.

Pablo Sandoval singles in first at-bat with San Jose Giants, finishes 1-for-4

Pablo Sandoval singles in first at-bat with San Jose Giants, finishes 1-for-4


In his first at-bat with the Giants organization in nearly three years, Pablo Sandoval singled to left field against Rancho Cucamonga.

Serving as the designated hitter, Sandoval batted right-handed against Rancho Cucamonga left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson.

Sandoval's single followed singles by prospects Steven Duggar and Bryan Reynolds.

First baseman Aramis Garcia followed with an RBI single, moving Sandoval to second base. But the next batter, Ryan Howard, hit a line drive to Quakes second baseman Drew Jackson, who stepped on second base to double off Sandoval.

In second at-bat, Sandoval flied out to deep left field for the final out of the bottom of the second inning.

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 4th, Sandoval grounded a ball deep into the hole at shortstop. Omar Estevez made the throw across the diamond for the out, but Sandoval picked up an RBI.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sandoval grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning.

Sandoval got one final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth. After Reynolds drove in Duggar to cut the Quakes' lead to 5-4, Sandoval had a chance to play hero, but he worked a walk. He was lifted for a pinch-runner.

He finished the night 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI.

San Jose went on to lose 5-4 to Rancho Cucamonga.

Sandoval signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Saturday. He will stay with Single-A San Jose until Triple-A Sacramento returns home from Tacoma.