Giants roster -- snapshot profiles

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Giants roster -- snapshot profiles

EDITOR'S NOTE: Giants baseball officially begins Friday with Opening Day in Arizona. Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly has been covering the team all spring. As part of his season preview package, check out his snapshot profile of each of the 25 active players on the Giants' roster.

Starting Pitchers

TIM LINCECUM Strikeouts were down and walks were up last season; now hes pitching to contact and scrapping his slider.

MADISON BUMGARNER Ended up with 13-13 record after 0-6 start; determined to get out of the gate faster this time.

MATT CAIN Earned his 112.5 million extension through consistency. Hes one of four pitchers with at least 20 quality starts in each of last four seasons.

RYAN VOGELSONG Last years rotation ERA leader will begin on the DL, but stuff appears to be there and strained back has improved.

BARRY ZITO There are 46 million reasons hes still around, and they all have George Washingtons face on them.

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Relief Pitchers

BRIAN WILSON Throwing 95 mph in the spring, but his strained elbow will be watched carefully all season.

SANTIAGO CASILLA Wicked stuff, hard fastball and bat-splintering curve make him an asset in late innings. He gets a little squirrelly in the ninth, though.

JEREMY AFFELDT He has a scud curveball, keeps the ball in the park and is effective against right-handers, too.

JAVIER LOPEZ Giants spent big bucks so this sidewinder could neutralize lefties for two more seasons.

SERGIO ROMO Wildly effective strike thrower as long as his elbow isnt barking. Thats when his famously Frisbee-esque slider tends to flatten out.

GUILLERMO MOTA He has a rubber arm and knows how to use it especially on the days that Zito pitches.

CLAY HENSLEY A favorite of Bruce Bochy, he has the ability to work multiple innings and take the ball whenever needed.

DAN OTERO Graduated from Duke University in three years. This 27-year-old rookie has smarts on the mound, too.

Position Players

BUSTER POSEY Looked great at the plate and behind it this spring. Catchers mask? Check. Chest protector? Check. Shinguards? Check. Halo? Check.

HECTOR SANCHEZ Hes a switch hitter with power from both sides, so hell be handy to have on the bench and will boost lineup on days Posey plays first base.

BRANDON BELT A patient and dangerous hitter, hes not a finished product. But Bruce Bochy must give him the chance to make adjustments against big league pitching.

RYAN THERIOT No longer a defensive dynamo, but he knows how to work a tough at-bat late in games.

BRANDON CRAWFORD The Giants first homegrown opening-day shortstop since Royce Clayton in 1996 (non-Bocock category).

PABLO SANDOVAL He was seventh in NL MVP balloting in 2009. With corrected vision in left eye and a full season, he might finish higher this year.

EMMANUEL BURRISS Hasnt hit nearly enough to warrant being an everyday player; most likely to contribute in super-utility role.

AUBREY HUFF Itll be a water buffalo, not a giraffe, in left field. He wont hang onto everyday playing time if he hits .240 again, though.

MELKY CABRERA Balanced switch-hitter might not achieve 200 hits again, but hell be motivated entering his walk year.

ANGEL PAGAN Slow starter lived up to his reputation with a brutal spring. Like Cabrera, hes motivated as he gets set for free agency.

NATE SCHIERHOLTZ Lost the right field job with an uninspiring spring. Must reestablish himself.

BRETT PILL Great happy to be here attitude and a powerful right-handed swing make him a good fit on this club.

GREGOR BLANCO Non-roster invitee was the surprise of the spring. Hes an on-base wizard who could be the everyday leadoff hitter before long.

Krukow: Melancon can help develop Law, Strickland into closers

Krukow: Melancon can help develop Law, Strickland into closers

Mark Melancon is the Giants' new closer.

On Tuesday morning, Mike Krukow broke down San Francisco's latest acquisition.

"Number one, he's gonna fit in beautifully," Krukow said on KNBR 680. "He's gonna anchor down that bullpen ... that solves a lot ... when you have a guy that anchors the ninth, everybody else settles into a role. And they think that they have enough talent down there to have a good bullpen. And I agree with them.

"A strike-thrower that puts the ball on the ground that can get a strikeout and basically keeps the ball off the barrel of the bat, that's a commodity. And he's just a bull. He works quick. You're gonna see some quick ninth innings. He doesn't jimmy-jack around.

"And I think he's gonna be very appreciative of the gloves that are behind him in that infield. When you're a guy that puts the ball on the ground, you really rely on your defense ... you got Gold Glovers everywhere."

How will Melancon's presence impact other guys in the bullpen, such as Derek Law and Hunter Strickland?

"It allows guys a chance to develop," Krukow said. "You can't hide in that ninth inning. If you're a guy like Strickland right now -- who we all think has great stuff but he doesn't have the dimension of movement on his fastball that Melancon has -- when Melancon comes into that bullpen he's gonna help guys like Law, like Strickland. He's gonna show them how he throws his cutter and then perhaps they may apply that type of particular movement to their arm angle.

"And lo and behold, all of a sudden, you may have a guy become another pitcher in the bullpen to be responsible for a whole inning -- to get both righties and lefties out. This was the path that Melancon was on when he first got to big leagues. He was not really a guy looked at as being capable to pitch a full inning, but he learned how to do it.

"And that's what you do at the big league level when you have great talent like Strickland or Law -- you have a guy come in and show you how to get to that next level."

Law, 26, went 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA over 61 appearances last season.

Strickland, 28, went 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA over 72 games in 2016.

Melancon, who will turn 32 in March, has racked up 131 saves in 141 opportunities over the last three seasons.

"Then you talk about the guy in the clubhouse -- very solid citizen," Krukow added.
 

MLB announces 2016 postseason shares: Giants get close to $2.5 million

MLB announces 2016 postseason shares: Giants get close to $2.5 million

A full Postseason share for the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs was worth $368,871.59, while a full share for the American League Champion Cleveland Indians totaled $261,804.65, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.

Last year’s share amounts were $370,069.03 for the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals and $300,757.78 for the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets.

The players’ pool is formed from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series; and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series.  The players’ pool was divided among the 10 Postseason Clubs: the two World Series participants, the two League Championship Series runners-up, the four Division Series runners-up and the two runners-up in the Wild Card Games.  The 2016 players’ pool was a record total of $76,627,827.09, eclipsing last year’s $69,882,149.26.

World Series Champions

Chicago Cubs (Share of Players’ Pool: $27,586,017.75; value of each of full share: $368,871.59) – The Cubs issued 66 full shares, a total of 8.7 partial shares and four cash awards.

American League Champions

Cleveland Indians (Share of Players’ Pool: $18,390,678.50; value of each of full share: $261,804.65) – The Indians issued 60 full shares, a total of 8.75 partial shares and 16 cash awards.

League Championship Series Runners-Up

Los Angeles Dodgers (Share of Players’ Pool: $9,195,339.25; value of each of full share: $123,741.24) – The Dodgers issued 65 full shares, a total of 8.285 partial shares and 20 cash awards.

Toronto Blue Jays (Share of Players’ Pool: $9,195,339.25; value of each of full share: $123,045.09) – The Blue Jays issued 66 full shares, a total of 7.75 partial shares and 15 cash awards.

Division Series Runners-Up

Boston Red Sox (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $33,761.22) – The Red Sox issued 61 full shares, a total of 10.686 partial shares and 14 cash awards.

San Francisco Giants (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $36,443.03) – The Giants issued 57 full shares, a total of 10.5 partial shares and nine cash awards.

Texas Rangers (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $38,422.69) – The Rangers issued 54 full shares, a total of 10.19 partial shares and seven cash awards.

Washington Nationals (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $35,442.68) – The Nationals issued 60 full shares, a total of 10.209 partial shares and one cash award.

Wild Card Game Runners-Up

Baltimore Orioles (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,149,417.41; value of each of full share: $18,351.02) – The Orioles issued 52 full shares, a total of 8.36 partial shares and 30 cash awards.

New York Mets (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,149,417.41; value of each of full share: $17,951.65) – The Mets issued 51 full shares, a total of 12.75 partial shares and five cash awards.

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