Report: Giants talks with Cain 'ongoing'


Report: Giants talks with Cain 'ongoing'

Representatives for right-hander Matt Cain have engaged in discussions with the Giants over the last several days, according to a Bay Area newspaper report.

A story published on the blog of San Jose Mercury news reporter Andrew Baggarly quoted team vice president Bobby Evans as saying it was "very healthy dialogue and it's ongoing."

In the story, Evans confirmed that the Giants had spoken with Cains representatives in recent days.

Cain, 27, will earn 15 million in 2012, but will be a free agent at the end of the year.

Cain signed a three-year, 27.5 million contract extension in 2010. The deal paid him a 1 million signing bonus, 4.25 million in 2010, 7 million in 2011 and 15 million in 2012. He was due to make 4.25 million in 2010, the final season of a 9 million, four-year contract that included a 6.25 million team option for 2011.

Wednesday, San Francisco and Ryan Vogelsong agreed to an 8.3 million, two-year contract. The journeyman became one of the team's most reliable starters and an unlikely All-Star last season.

According to baseball writer Jon Heyman, Vogelson's contract will pay him 3 million in 2012 and 5 million in '13, with a 6.5 million club option in '14 and a 300,000 buyout.

Giants lineup: Buster Posey out, Hunter Pence back in for opener vs Brewers


Giants lineup: Buster Posey out, Hunter Pence back in for opener vs Brewers

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Brewers-Giants coverage begins at 6pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming right here.

A day after taking a couple shots on defense and in the batter's box, Buster Posey is getting the night off as the Brewers come to town.

Milwaukee Brewers:
1. Eric Thames (L) 1B
2. Jonathan Villar (S) 2B
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
5. Domingo Santana (R) RF
6. Stephen Vogt (L) C
7. Keon Broxton (R) CF
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Zach Davies (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
9. Chris Stratton (R) P

Report: Veteran opts out of minor league deal with Giants


Report: Veteran opts out of minor league deal with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have taken flyers on plenty of veterans this season. A player they once hoped would help fill the outfield void won't finish the season with the organization. 

Melvin Upton Jr. opted out of his minor league deal, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Per Heyman, Upton Jr. is hoping to find a late-season job with a contender. 

The 33-year-old signed a deal with the Giants in April and it looked a good bet that he would get a shot for a team that has spent most of the season looking for an everyday left fielder.

But Upton Jr. didn't play a game for the River Cats until July 1, and after that he needed an additional five weeks to rehab a sore shoulder. In 12 games in Triple-A, he hit .244 with one homer. 

The Giants have had 13 players get an at-bat in left field, with a combined .246 average and .657 OPS.