Report: Rockies trying to sign Beltran

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Report: Rockies trying to sign Beltran

Carlos Beltran, acquired by the Giants last season in a mid-year deal with the New York Mets for top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler, could be staying in the N.L. West in 2012. MLB.com, citing two Major League sources, says the 34-year-old free-agent Beltran is being pursued by Colorado, which is also reportedly talking to free-agent OF Michael Cuddyer.
Cody Ross is another former Giant to have reportedly flirted with the Rockies, but MLB.com's Thomas Harding says the Rockies have cooled recently on the 2010 NLCS MVP. Beltran, who will turn 35 on April 24, hit an even .300 between the Mets and Giants in 2011. He is a career .283 hitter with a .361 on-base percentage.
RELATED: Carlos Beltran 2011 game logs
In 44 games with the Giants after he was acquired on July 28, Beltran hit .323 with seven homers and 18 RBI. He spent time on the disabled list in mid-August after being removed from a game against the Phillies due to a sprained right hand. Beltran has 302 homers over his 14-year career, which began with the Kansas City Royals in 1998.Comcast SportsNet reporter Jaymee Sire spoke with Giants GM Brian Sabean at the Winter Meetings in Dallas last week, and he offered this on the prospect of re-signing Beltran and Ross:"Simply put, with Ross, we could never get on the same page. And Beltran, we knew it was going to be a stretch."The Giants traded pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to the Kansas City Royals on Nov. 7 in exchange for OF Melky Cabrera. Then, on Dec. 6, San Francisco traded OF Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Mets for speedy centerfielder Angel Pagan.
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Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants avoided arbitration with three more veterans on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Eduardo Nuñez, left-hander Will Smith and right-hander George Kontos.

Financial details were not immediately available. MLB Trade Rumors' projections put Nuñez at about $4.4 million, Smith at about $2.3 million, and Kontos at about $1.7 million. The Giants reached deals with all six arbitration eligible players this offseason. 

Nunez, acquired last summer, will enter camp as the starter at third base. He posted a .269/.327/.418 slash line and 12 stolen bases after coming over from the Twins.

Smith was also acquired before the trade deadline, and he had a 2.95 ERA in 26 appearances for the Giants. He is expected to play a pivotal role in setting up for new closer Mark Melancon. 

Kontos has long been Bruce Bochy's most reliable reliever in the middle innings and he could move to a higher-leverage role in a revamped bullpen. He had a 2.53 ERA in 2016, his fifth season with the Giants.

The Giants had previously reached one-year deals with Cory Gearrin, Ehire Adrianza and Conor Gillaspie. They have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 2004, when a deal could not be reached with A.J. Pierzynski. 
 

Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose

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Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose

MLB Hall-of-Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry believes home run king Barry Bonds will eventually be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. 

"I think he’ll get in eventually," Perry said, according to USA Today. "If you have a player like that, pretty soon, you put him in."

Perry, 78, was infamous for doctoring baseballs on the mound and throwing a spitball. Author of 314 career wins over a 22-year season, Perry was inducted into Cooperstown in 1991. His No. 36 is one of 10 numbers retired by the Giants. 

But Perry doesn't feel the same about hit king Pete Rose.

"Pete did the worst thing possible, worse than steroids," Perry said. "He put money on games, win or lose. He’s paying the price."

Bonds, 52, was a seven-time MVP, a 14-time All-Star, a 12-time Silver Slugger, an eight-time Gold Glover. He owns the most home runs (762), the most walks (2,558) and the most intentional walks (688) in MLB history.

Rose, 75, was Rookie of the Year, MVP and a 17-time All-Star. He owns the most games (3,562), plate appearances (15,890), at-bats (14,053), and hits (4,256) in MLB history.