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.

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

TOKYO — Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million.

The Giants announced the signing on their official website on Sunday.

McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average.

This will be McGehee's second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI while helping the Rakuten Eagles of the Pacific League win the Japan Series.

The 34-year-old can play either first or third base.

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

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.