Report: Cody Ross lowers his demands

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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.

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, Panik gets night off vs Braves

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, Panik gets night off vs Braves

The Giants return to San Francisco and try to shake off a three-game losing streak when they face the Braves. Manager Bruce Bochy has issued his lineup for Game 1 of the series.

The Giants return home and try to shake off a three-game losing streak when they face the Braves. 

Braves (20-25)
1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Rio Ruiz (L) 3B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Jaime Garcia (L) P

Giants (20-29)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Justin Ruggiano (R) RF
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Christian Arroyo (R) 2B
9. Matt Cain (R) P

Giants reinstate Hill from DL, option Okert to Triple-A Sacramento

Giants reinstate Hill from DL, option Okert to Triple-A Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO -- After Wednesday's game in Chicago, Bruce Bochy talked of the bullpen and said "we've got to get our lefties going." One of them is no longer in the big leagues.

The Giants optioned Steven Okert back to Triple-A Sacramento before Friday's game to clear a roster spot for Aaron Hill. Hill hasn't played since April 22. He was batting .120 in 12 games before feeling discomfort in his throwing arm, and the recovery was slower than the Giants first expected.

Okert took on a big role in the bullpen upon being recalled, and he had a couple of huge multi-inning outings in wins. But the ERA is up to 6.23 and Bochy felt Okert had lost some confidence on the mound.

The Giants are again back to one lefty, Josh Osich, in the bullpen.