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Bochy will make recruiting pitch to Brian Wilson

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Bochy will make recruiting pitch to Brian Wilson

NASHVILLE -- There is money to be made if you're a free-agent closer coming off Tommy John surgery.

The Angels proved it when they signed Ryan Madson, and the Texas Rangers provided further evidence Monday when they agreed to a two-year, 8 million contract with Joakim Soria.

Soria had his second Tommy John surgery in April -- the same set of circumstances that befell Brian Wilson, who became a free agent on Friday when the Giants did not tender him a contract.

It remains to be seen where the market will develop for Wilson, who wants to pitch in a big media market. Reports out of Southern California indicate both the Dodgers and Angels have no plans to pursue Wilson. But the New England native would love to join his boyhood-favorite Boston Red Sox.

The Giants want him back, too. Manager Bruce Bochy said he planned to call Wilson in an effort to recruit the three-time All-Star closer. Bochy also acknowledged the black-bearded closer's hurt feelings when the Giants made their decision to non-tender Wilson, knowing he would've cost a minimum of 6.8 million through arbitration.

"Sometimes these things don't go as smooth as you would like," Bochy said. "You still don't forget the contributions he made to the Giants in 2010. I'd love to have a chance to talk to him here real soon. I wish him nothing but the best. Unfortunately, these things happen and they're a part of the business."

Giants vice president Bobby Evans called Wilson "a Giant for life," although he was speaking in the abstract.

"Hopefully he'll consider coming back here," Evans said. "We have interest, but we understand he's got to assess the market and we respect that. He's a hard commodity to find, a mentality that's hard to find, and that's had a lot to do with his success."

Although the Giants remain open to bringing back Wilson on an incentive-heavy deal, they are willing to stand pat in their bullpen. Bochy affirmed Sergio Romo as his closer on opening day, but said he'd "like to get him a little help" by mixing in Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla.

"It's a game of adjustments," Bochy said.

And this time of year, it's driven by market forces.

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.

“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”

It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.

“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said. 

Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A. 

Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher. 

“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

After batting fourth on Sunday in Los Angeles, Hunter Pence is back in the leadoff spot in the series opener against Arizona.

Additionally, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker return after sitting against Clayton Kershaw.

San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Denard Span (L) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Arizona Diamondbacks:
1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Kristopher Negron (R) SS
3. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Rey Fuentes (L) CF
6. Adam Rosales (R) 3B
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P