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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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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants drop finale in Miami

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants drop finale in Miami

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SAN FRANCISCO — The flight from Miami to San Francisco is one of the longest in the league. It will not be a happy one.

The Giants fell behind early and never recovered, losing 8-1 in the series finale with the Marlins. The Giants had won six of nine entering the road trip. They dropped a series in Washington D.C. and then lost two of three to the Marlins. 

You are here already, so here are five things to know … 

—- Matt Cain deserved better in the first, and it was kind of a stunning error that cost him. With two outs, Brandon Crawford dropped a liner that was hit right at him. The next batter, Tomas Telis, hit a two-run double. 

—- Cain was charged with five runs in four innings, but only two of them were earned. He struck out seven and walked just one, showing a good curveball throughout. Several times, he dropped down for a new look. Like I said, he deserved a bit better than that final line. 

—- Pablo Sandoval’s walk in the eighth was his first since returning to the Giants. His numbers, by the way, are right in line with his Boston numbers. 

—- Albert Suarez has seen his stuff take a tick up during this stint with the Giants, but it’s not leading to results. After giving up a walk-off grand slam on Sunday, he allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings in relief of Cain. Suarez currently has a 7.43 ERA. 

—- Giancarlo Stanton was 2 for 4 with two singles. His run of six games with a homer came to an end. I suppose that’s a small victory for the Giants?

Giancarlo Stanton to Giants? Upside vs downside from Marlins perspective

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Giancarlo Stanton to Giants? Upside vs downside from Marlins perspective

Because we are too cool to allow the games to sustain us and because we all think the purpose of sports is actually not to be the best player but the general manager, the new item on the baseball menu is not the pennant races but “Where should Giancarlo Stanton go?”

The usual suspects are listed – the Yankees, the Giants, the Chunichi Dragons, Real Madrid – and the $295 million still on his contract is not considered an impediment.

But the logic behind the Marlins keeping him is just as clear and more pressing. Namely, Bruce Sherman, the incoming owner, and Derek Jeter, the designated face, did not buy this team and promptly try to make themselves detested by the few people who still care about it.

So far, we know that the monstrous thing in center field (no, not Christian Yelich) is likely to be torn down, and that Stanton is don’t-go-to-the-bathroom-during-his-half-inning entertainment. Beyond that, we know only that the Marlins draw when they win a lot and barely at all the rest of the time. They are clearly a distant third in a four-team race with the Dolphins and Heat for people’s hearts, and now that hating Jeffrey Loria’s living guts are off the table for the fans, there really is no there, there.

So what’s the up-side of moving Stanton (and before we go any further, the Giants don’t have nearly enough assets to make that work, so calm the hell down) for the Marlins? Prospects, the dark hole that makes a three-year plan a six-year plan.

And the down-side? Sherman may as well move the team for the level of fun he’ll get from it, and the only reason to buy a team looking at a $60 million loss is for the fun. Besides, onlky a very few owners have ever made the full turn from villain to hero – the first impression almost always lasts forever.

So while Stanton may create immediate wallet relief for this aggressively average team (their current record of 57-61 is the 12th best in their 25-year history, and they’ve only had eight winning seasons ever), they also have nothing to sell the fans that they have to live with every day. And if they don’t have enough fans . . . well, I hear San Jose is always hot for a mediocre franchise that lurches between spending money and hoarding it.