Report: Giants shopping Torres, Keppinger, Ramirez

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Report: Giants shopping Torres, Keppinger, Ramirez

The Giants are looking to make moves at this year's Winter Meetings in Dallas. They are actively shopping Andres Torres, Jeff Keppinger, and Ramon Ramirez, according to a report by CBSSports.com.

Torres joined the Giants in January of 2009, but didn't burst onto the scene until the 32-year-old took over as the Giants' starting centerfielder in 2010, as he smacked 43 doubles atop the World Championship lineup.

His numbers suffered in 2011, though, as he turned in a .221 average and often looked overmatched at the plate. He hit just 24 doubles.

The Giants did not offer Torres arbitration after his one-year, 2.2 million contract for 2011.

The Giants traded Jonathan Sanchez to Kansas City this offseason, bringing in centerfielder Melky Cabrera, the first indicator that Torres would not be with the team in 2012.

Keppinger was a midseason acquisition in 2011, brought in to play second base after Freddy Sanchez's shoulder injury ended his season. He filled in admirably for the former batting champion, hitting at a .255 clip with 55 hits in 56 games. There were stretches when Keppinger was the Giants best offensive weapon.

Keppinger, 31, avoided arbitration last season by signing a one-year, 2.3 million deal with the Astros.

With seven years of experience, he would be a nice additional piece for teams with championship aspirations; he brings veteran poise, a professional approach at the plate and he is not a liability in the field.

Ramirez, who was acquired by the Giants for their 2010 stretch run in a deal that sent Double-A pitching prospect Daniel Turpen to Boston, is 4-3 with a 2.07 ERA over a year and half with San Francisco.

After going 0-3 with a 4.46 ERA in 44 games for the Red Sox in 2010, Ramirez found his groove under the tutelage of Dave Righetti. His final 25 appearances of the season came for the Giants; he allowed just two earned runs (0.67 ERA).

Like most of the Giants' players, though, he was not as dominant in 2011; in 66 games Ramirez went 3-3 with a 2.62 ERA.

Aside from a game-winning home run he gave up to Rick Ankiel in Game 2 of the 2010 NLDS, Ramirez showed he has the mettle to pitch in pressure situations, and he will likely demand more than the Double-A prospect the Giants had to give up.

Ramirez, 30, earned 1.65 million on a one-year contract with the Giants in 2011.

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, batting second vs Padres

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Giants lineup: Nunez returns, batting second vs Padres

Amidst trade rumors, Eduardo Nunez is back in the lineup for the Giants Thursday night against the Padres.

San Diego Padres (40-54)

1. Jose Pirela (R) 2B
2. Matt Szczur (R) CF
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Jabari Blash (R) LF
5. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
6. Erick Aybar (S) SS
7. Cory Spangenberg (L) 3B
8. Luis Torrens (R) C
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (37-59)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

The Dodgers made a move on Thursday that will certainly interest Giants fans.

Los Angeles designated Sergio Romo for assignment.

Over 30 appearances this season, Romo is 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA.

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He hasn't taken the mound since July 8.

Against the Giants this year:

- April 24: Allowed one hit and one walk in one inning
- April 25: Allowed two earned runs in 0.1 innings 
- May 2: A perfect 1-2-3 inning
- May 17: Allowed one run in one inning

Romo spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Orange and Black.

From 2008 to 2016, he went 32-26 with a 2.58 ERA and 84 saves over 515 appearances.

He won three World Series rings with the Giants.