The Giants remain in touch with the agents for Marco Scutaro and Angel Pagan, and it remains likely that Scutaro will re-sign for two years or perhaps two with an option. He has been a free agent before and knows all the steps in this dance.
Pagan is a 30-year-old free agent for the first time, and he knows this is his one shot at a massive money grab. Hes staying patient and letting the outfield market shape itself.
It began to coalesce Wednesday, with B.J. Upton showing the most first-step quickness among free-agent center fielders. He reportedly agreed to a five-year contract with the Atlanta Braves that will guarantee him at least 70 million.
Upton was considered the second best free-agent center fielder on the market, behind Michael Bourn. The Braves obviously preferred Upton on their terms over whatever Bourn is demanding, especially since theyll have to sacrifice a first-round draft pick to Tampa Bay as compensation.
This is good and bad for the Giants. On one hand, the Braves were interested in Pagan. So one of his bigger suitors has a full shopping cart. (Although they still want a left fielder who could hit leadoff.) On the other hand, Upton got a fifth year. If he had signed a four-year deal, maybe Pagans market gets capped at three.
Just my gut: I think the Giants would be willing to give Pagan three years but not four.
So the wait continues.
Just remember: If the Giants fail to re-sign Pagan, theyll need to find both a leadoff hitter and an outfielder. Shane Victorino is out there, and so is Ichiro Suzuki. But neither of them are so terrific in the on-base percentage department.
As for top outfield prospect Gary Brown, he likely wont be ready anytime soon. He still has to make some big adjustments to compete against higher level pitching following a tough year at Double-A Richmond.
LOS ANGELES — When the Giants gathered for spring training in February, team officials thought they had put together a rotation with four 200-inning arms. The starters didn’t come close to hitting that lofty goal, but one Giant got to the 200-inning mark Friday night.
Jeff Samardzija hit 200 innings in the third inning Friday night at Dodger Stadium, reaching the standard for the fifth consecutive season. Samardzija also became the first Giant this year to reach 200 strikeouts when he struck out Curtis Granderson to open the second inning. The right-hander will be the only member of the rotation to reach either milestone, with Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto limited by injuries and Matt Moore having a down year.
“These guys like Jeff that are able to handle that workload that he does and log 200 innings and have durability, that’s invaluable,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You look at what it does for the ‘pen but also the quality of innings he gives you. His record should be different with how he has thrown the ball — he can’t control that. But the workload itself is important.”
Samardzija became the first Giants right-hander to strike out 200 in a season since Tim Lincecum (220) in 2011. Samardzija joined Carlos Martinez as the only National League pitchers who have thrown 200 innings this year, and Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Robbie Ray, Martinez and Zack Greinke in the league’s 200-strikeout club.
It's the last road trip of the season for the Giants and it starts with a trip to Los Angeles to face the rival Dodgers. Bruce Bochy has issued his lineup for the series opener...
San Francisco Giants:
1. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Buster Posey (R) 1B
4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Nick Hundley (R) C
7. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
8. Mac Williamson (R) LF
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P
Los Angeles Dodgers:
1. Chris Taylor (R) CF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B
4. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
5. Andre Ethier (L) LF
6. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
7. Chase Utley (L) 2B
8. Logan Forsythe (R) 3B
9. Rich Hill (L) P