Giants find their closer, give Melancon 4-year deal

Free agent gets $62 million to shore up SF's top need

Giants find their closer, give Melancon 4-year deal

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Committing an unprecedented sum of money in an attempt to offset unprecedented lapses in performance, the Giants obtained the closer they sought by agreeing to a four-year contract Monday with free-agent right-hander Mark Melancon. In announcing the deal, Giants general manager Bobby Evans did not divulge financial details of Melancon's contract.

A source confirmed that Melancon's contract is worth a total of $62 million, which was first reported by The New York Post. According to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, the deal includes an opt-out after the second season, with a $20 million signing bonus ($12 million up front) and a guaranteed $34 million over the first two years. If Melancon opts into the last two years, the salary is $14 million per season.

Big money in the bullpen
Total value Years Player/team
$62 million (4 years, 2017-20) Mark Melancon, Giants
$50 million (4 years, 2012-15) Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies
$47 million (4 years, 2008-11) Joe Nathan, Twins*
$47 million (5 years, 2006-10) B.J. Ryan, Blue Jays
$46 million (4 years, 2008-11) Francisco Cordero, Reds
$46 million (4 years, 2015-18) David Robertson, White Sox
$45 million (3 years, 2008-10) Mariano Rivera, Yankees
*=wasn't a free agent; signed extension
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Posey commits to playing in World Baseball Classic

Posey commits to playing in World Baseball Classic

With the World Baseball Classic just a few months away, the rosters are beginning to take shape. More names surfaced Monday as the World Baseball Classic released an initial list of 30 players who are confirmed to be participating in the 2017 tournament.

Spanning 16 countries, the players include 24 Major League All-Stars, but the upcoming WBC, which will take place in March, provides a global stage for veterans and rising stars alike.

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'Play Ball' charity auction features Giants items

'Play Ball' charity auction features Giants items

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Though the atmosphere in a Major League press box can become anxious at times, with writers facing deadline pressure and team officials striving to meet the demands of the media, Shannon Forde always managed to keep a smile on her face while performing her duties as the New York Mets' senior director of media relations.

Forde recently died of breast cancer at age 44. In her memory, Major League Baseball and all 30 clubs have contributed to an auction to benefit youth baseball and softball in her hometown of Little Ferry, N.J. The events and items that are up for grabs for fans would put the same type of smile on the winning bidders' faces that Forde always wore.

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Giants agree to deals with Adrianza, Gearrin

Club tenders contracts to Nunez, Gillaspie, Kontos and Smith

Giants agree to deals with Adrianza, Gearrin

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants tendered contracts to four salary arbitration-eligible players Friday and agreed to one-year deals with two others, right-hander Cory Gearrin and infielder Ehire Adrianza.

These were largely procedural steps as the Giants approach baseball's Winter Meetings, which begin Monday. MLB.com and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 Winter Meetings from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. Fans can watch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on MLB.com, including the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 6 a.m. PT.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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The Next Big Leaguers: Giants' Stratton

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: Giants' Stratton

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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Huff reveals personal struggles in new book

Baseball vet, who overcame anxiety and depression, hopes to help others

Huff reveals personal struggles in new book

SAN FRANCISCO -- In November 2010, Aubrey Huff stood before hundreds of thousands of people outside San Francisco City Hall, reached into his jeans and whipped out the red "rally thong" that was a symbol of the Giants' successful World Series bid.

Two years later, Huff sequestered himself inside a closet at his home, holding a .357 Magnum to his head, and contemplated pulling the trigger to end his misery.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants refute talks about acquiring Sandoval

Giants refute talks about acquiring Sandoval

SAN FRANCISCO -- Contrary to reports issued on Saturday, the Giants have not internally discussed reacquiring third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who has struggled with the Boston Red Sox since leaving San Francisco.

Club executives are prohibited from publicly discussing the potential acquisition of players under contract with another team. Thus, Giants general manager Bobby Evans had little to say about a Boston Herald report citing a "baseball source" who claimed that San Francisco had contemplated bringing back Sandoval.

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Moore doing his part to help US veterans

Giants left-hander supports cycling-based nonprofit organization Ride 2 Recovery

Moore doing his part to help US veterans

SAN FRANCISCO -- Helping improve the quality of life for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces isn't just something that's nice to do for Matt Moore. It's personal.

Moore, the Giants left-hander, was immersed in military life as a youth. His father, Martin, served for 23 years in the Air Force. One of Moore's best friends since boyhood, Shane Turner, is a combat-wounded veteran. Additionally, Moore is acutely aware of the statistic that approximately 20 veterans commit suicide each day.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Watch Zito's music video for 'Secret to Life'

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Watch Zito's music video for 'Secret to Life'

In his 15-year career as a pitcher, Barry Zito won 165 games, was a two-time World Series champion and took home 2002 American League Cy Young Award honors after going 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA for the AL West-winning A's.

Here's an image from that press conference, just for reference's sake.

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Five players added to Giants' 40-man roster

Five players added to Giants' 40-man roster

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants selected the contracts of five Minor Leaguers on Friday and added them to the 40-man roster. The moves protected each member of the quintet from being taken in next month's Rule 5 Draft.

The prospects involved were right-handers Chase Johnson, Reyes Moronta and Dan Slania, infielder Miguel Gomez and infielder-outfielder Orlando Calixte.

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Inbox: Could Posey see time at hot corner?

Fans also ask about Heston, Parker, Williamson, Peavy

Inbox: Could Posey see time at hot corner?

Why have the Giants always insisted on first base as Buster Posey's backup position? Given his prior position as a shortstop, it seems that he would be well-suited to play third base.
-- John H., Folsom, Calif.

Fans just won't quit discussing where Posey should play, even if the subject is his secondary position. I believe Posey is capable of doing almost anything necessary to win. For example, check out his six steals in seven attempts last season. But third base is not for dilettantes. That is, it's difficult to master because it comes with less margin for error (no pun intended). Mishandling a grounder at third base almost always results in an error. A first baseman mishandling a grounder might still have time to make the play. Think of Bob Brenly on his four-error afternoon as a third baseman against Atlanta in September 1986. He had become primarily a catcher by then, and his extensive prior experience at third base didn't help him a lick. Reds great Johnny Bench briefly played third regularly during 1983, his final season. Observers agreed that the experiment didn't work.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants announce busy Cactus League schedule

NL Wild Card winners will be tested early against World Series champs

Giants announce busy Cactus League schedule

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matchups against both of this season's league champions will highlight the Cactus League Spring Training schedule that the Giants announced Monday.

San Francisco will face the World Series-winning Chicago Cubs in the spring's second game on Feb. 25 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Giants also will visit the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz., on March 28.

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Crawford, Posey named top defenders

Crawford, Posey named top defenders

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants continued to receive tangible proof of their excellence in the field, as shortstop Brandon Crawford and catcher Buster Posey were named 2016 Wilson Defensive Players of the Year for both leagues at their respective positions Friday.

The Giants were also named Defensive Team of the Year. by Wilson.

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Giants glad to have Nunez in tow for next year

GM Evans eager to see third baseman in full season with club

Giants glad to have Nunez in tow for next year

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- This year's free-agent list at third base includes Justin Turner. But Giants general manager Bobby Evans said he is happy with the deal he made last season for Eduardo Nunez.

Nunez, 29, who came from the Twins for pitcher Adalberto Mejia on July 28, contributed offensively and defensively during a late run that put the Giants in the playoffs.

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Posey, Panik, Crawford win Gold Gloves

Posey, Panik, Crawford win Gold Gloves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Catcher Buster Posey, second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford, who always have emphasized defense, were rewarded for their diligence Tuesday by being named winners of Rawlings Gold Glove Awards at their respective positions.

They formed the largest group of Giants to win Gold Gloves since 1993, when San Francisco had four recipients (outfielder Barry Bonds, catcher Kirt Manwaring, second baseman Robby Thompson and third baseman Matt Williams).

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Giants add Alguacil, Nevin to coaching staff

With 1st-, 3rd-base coaches' vacancies filled, San Francisco will turn to alumnus Bonds

Giants add Alguacil, Nevin to coaching staff

SAN FRANCISCO -- Having filled their first- and third-base coaches' vacancies with Jose Alguacil and Phil Nevin, respectively, the Giants will turn their attention to an alumnus who seems destined to rejoin the organization at some juncture: Barry Bonds.

Club president Larry Baer said Monday that Giants representatives expect to "have coffee in the next week or two and see if there's a match" with the all-time home run leader, who was not rehired as the Miami Marlins' hitting instructor.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Krukow a finalist for Hall of Fame's Frick Award

Krukow a finalist for Hall of Fame's Frick Award

SAN FRANCISCO -- Simply being nominated for the Ford C. Frick Award represented a triumph for Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow.

Krukow was among eight finalists named Monday to appear on the 2017 ballot for the award, which, according to the Hall of Fame, symbolizes "commitment to excellence, quality of broadcasting abilities, reverence within the game, popularity with fans, and recognition by peers."

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants pick up Moore's club option

Giants pick up Moore's club option

The Giants have picked up the $7 million option on left-hander Matt Moore's contract, the club announced on Thursday.

San Francisco acquired Moore, 27, from the Rays at the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- in exchange for two Minor Leaguers and third baseman Matt Duffy -- to help bolster its rotation in a potential postseason run.

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MLB Photostore captures season's best moments

MLB Photostore captures season's best moments

Whether you need a holiday gift suggestion, a matte black wood frame for a wall, a superstar poster, a print to be autographed at Spring Training or a way to commemorate a championship 108 years in the making, the MLB Photostore is waiting with stunning photography from Getty Images.

There's something for everyone, and here are 10 examples representing the clubs in the 2016 Major League Baseball postseason.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cole drives in three in big AFL performance

Giants No. 21 turns things around with impressive effort

Cole drives in three in big AFL performance

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Hunter Cole is in the middle of a tough stretch, but the Giants' No. 21 prospect was able to generate some positive momentum with a 1-for-5, three-RBI game on Wednesday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League.

Cole began the day with four RBIs in the AFL before nearly doubling that total in Scottsdale's 8-5 win over Salt River at Salt River Fields.

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