Inking Anderson A Great Sign for As

Inking Anderson A Great Sign for As


Back when As general manager Billy Beane was building theteam that reached the playoff five times between 2000-2006, one of hissignature moves was to sign a young player on the verge of greatness and gethim to sign a multi-year deal.On Friday, Beane basically announced to the baseball worldthat hes putting the finishing touches on the construction of another team heexpects to contend for years to come.He signed 22-year-old lefty Brett Anderson to a four-yeardeal that includes club options for 2014 and 2015, and that pretty much makesit a six-year deal. These As are this close to beingperennial contenders again, and just like the previous As team that madesummers in Oakland so much fun, this version is going to lean heavily on youngpitching.Back in the day, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito werethe anchors of success. Soon -- very soon -- the 24-and-under foursome ofAnderson, Trevor Cahill (22), Gio Gonzalez (24) and Vin Mazzaro (23) will beexpected to lead the way.Thats not to discount the considerable talents of DallasBraden, 26, or rehabbing Josh Outman, 25, or even recently reacquired ChadGaudin, 27. They, and others, could play major roles in the coming years.But it all starts, in the minds of Beane and able assistant,David Forst, with Anderson.He proved as a rookie last season, as a full-time starter at the remarkable ageof 21, that hes one of the most promising young hurlers in the game -- maybethe best young lefty, period.Locking up Anderson -- expect catcher Kurt Suzuki and maybecloser Andrew Bailey to get a similar deal soon -- sends multiple messages fromBeane and Forst, the most important being to the players and fans. Dont believe a word of what you might hear or readabout us not caring about you or about winning. Were close. Believeit. Beane certainly didnt pioneer the notion of locking upyoung talent. Its a no-brainer, really. It provides the player with securityin the form of guaranteed dollars at a time when a career-ending injury couldstop his earnings cold, and it provides the club with a measure of costcertainty for future planning.In this case, it provides As fans with more of what theyvealready gotten with the clubs surprisingly strong start.Hope.--Mychael Urban

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

The 49ers have a visit scheduled with the presumptive top pick in the upcoming draft.

The 49ers, owners of the No. 2 overall selection, will visit with Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, he told reporters Thursday at this pro day, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

General manager John Lynch attended Garrett's pro day workout in College Station, Texas.

"I thought it was impressive," Lynch told Wilson in a video posted on social media. "Here’s this kid who really doesn’t need to show everyone much more, but yet he shows up and runs a 40. I think it just speaks to the kind of kid he is. It was impressive. It’s well-documented – I’m not saying anything ground-breaking – he’s a special athlete.

"He checks all the boxes. That’s why people are talking about him in the way they are."

Garrett said he has upcoming visits with the 49ers and Chicago Bears.

Each NFL team is allowed to bring in 30 draft-eligible prospects from outside their area. The 49ers have their list of 30 prospects already finalized, Lynch said.

In addition, teams can visit with an unlimited number of local prospects. The 49ers’ local pro day -- featuring athletes from Stanford, Cal, San Jose State and prospects from the Bay Area who played college football elsewhere – is scheduled for April 12 in Santa Clara.

The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick, and coach Hue Jackson ruled out the possibility of the team trading that selection for a quarterback. Garrett is considered the overwhelming favorite to be chosen with the No. 1 overall selection.

"We're getting closer to it but the draft is the 27th (of April),'' Jackson said at the NFL owners meetings. "I think it's a little soon to really say it's this guy or that guy.”

Garrett (6 foot 4, 272 pounds) recorded 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss during his three-year college career.

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Among the players the 49ers first targeted for their rebuilding project is a wide receiver who has nine years of NFL experience and turns 31 early in training camp.

Coach Kyle Shanahan pinpointed Pierre Garçon to be his top addition at wide receiver. Garçon is coming off the second 1,000-yard season of his career. His career-best output came was his 113-catch, 1,346-yard season in 2014 with Shanahan as Washington's offensive coordinator.

“I’ve always loved Pierre just because of how angry he plays,” Shanahan said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. “He gives you his all. He plays extremely aggressive. The best leaders are the guys who lead by example. Pierre’s not going to say much, but you know he’s going to go out there and fight every single play no matter what the situation is, whether it’s run or pass. That elevates everyone around him.”

Within the first two days of free agency, the 49ers signed Garçon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson. The 49ers had earlier signed slot receiver Jeremy Kerley to an extension, while not pursuing Quinton Patton, who signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets.

“You go into free agency and you study all the free agents who are available and then you stack them and see who can help you team the most,” Shanahan said. “Pierre was at the top of that list. Also knowing him made me feel better about that because you know exactly what you’re getting.

“But it all starts with the tape. It was very encouraging to turn on the tape and watch the level Pierre is still playing at. When you see that on tape and you also know the type the guy. I was very excited to get him.”