Span ramps up charitable efforts for holidays

Outfielder's foundation provides cars for single-parent families

Span ramps up charitable efforts for holidays

SAN FRANCISCO -- As a leadoff batter, Denard Span knows that reaching base ranks among his top priorities. He can dictate a game's tone by establishing his team's offensive rhythm.

Span, the Giants outfielder, intends to create similar empowerment through his charitable efforts. And in American society, few possessions are more empowering than a car.

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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.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Source: Giants deep in talks to land Stanton

Source: Giants deep in talks to land Stanton

The market for Giancarlo Stanton continues to heat up, as the Giants appear to be emerging as favorites to land the National League Most Valuable Player Award winner, a source tells MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal first reported that the Giants have submitted an offer to the Marlins, and that proposals are expected soon from the Red Sox and Dodgers, if they have not come in already. The Cardinals have also made an offer, and although San Francisco appears to have the edge, St. Louis "may still be a factor," in the running for Stanton Feinsand reports.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network. He has also covered baseball for FOX Sports, the Detroit Free Press, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. Follow him on Twitter at @benweinrib. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bonds, Kent lead SF contingent on HOF ballot

Bonds, Kent lead SF contingent on HOF ballot

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent frequently appeared back to back in the batting order as Giants teammates. When the subject is Hall of Fame voting, however, Bonds has steadily separated himself from Kent in recent seasons. 

Bonds and Kent again joined forces to lead the Giants' contingent on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot that was released Monday. The momentum surrounding their respective candidacies, however, is vastly different.

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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.

Prospect Beede among 4 added to 40-man

SF's Herb, Snelton and Garcia also protected from Rule 5 Draft

Prospect Beede among 4 added to 40-man

SAN FRANCISCO -- Highly rated pitching prospect Tyler Beede was among four players the Giants added to their 40-man roster Monday.

Right-hander Tyler Herb, left-hander D.J. Snelton and catcher Aramis Garcia also joined the 40-man contingent before Monday's 5 p.m. PT deadline to protect players from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

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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.

Meulens gets Evans' blessing for Yankees job

Giants bench coach expected to interview for manager opening soon

Meulens gets Evans' blessing for Yankees job

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants general manager Bobby Evans issued his blessing Tuesday to bench coach Hensley Meulens' bid for the Yankees' managerial opening.

"We wouldn't hold him back," Evans said at the GM Meetings in Orlando, Fla.

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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.

Stanton trade would only begin Giants' work

Stanton trade would only begin Giants' work

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Imagine for a moment that the Giants obtain slugging right fielder Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins.

A short moment would likely be all the time the Giants could devote to celebrating their prize acquisition, because Stanton's arrival would prompt a fresh round of obligations to accommodate him.

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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.

AJ Cassavell is in his seventh season as a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ajcassavell.

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Giants may be more open to making trades

Evans says focus on outfield defense as GM Meetings start

Giants may be more open to making trades

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Though the Giants aren't believed to be actively shopping their top performers in trade talks, general manager Bobby Evans indicated Monday that he would listen to offers involving the team's biggest stars as San Francisco strives to upgrade its roster.

Speaking to reporters at the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., Evans did not completely rule out the possibility of trading either of the club's pillars: five-time All-Star catcher Buster Posey or ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series hero.

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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.

AJ Cassavell is in his seventh season as a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ajcassavell.

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Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

9-time All-Star wants to spend more time with family, manage some day

Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

Carlos Beltran's last official act as a Major League player was hoisting the World Series trophy for the first time in his career.

And although the 40-year-old is riding off into the sunset as a champion, the Astros' championship was not a factor in his decision to walk away from the game he loves.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beede finishes AFL campaign on high note

Beede finishes AFL campaign on high note

After missing much of the second half of the regular season with a groin injury, a healthy Tyler Beede finished his Arizona Fall League campaign Tuesday on a high note with a solid outing in Scottsdale's 6-5 loss against Surprise at Surprise Stadium.

Beede, San Francisco's No. 3 prospect, allowed two earned runs on six hits over five innings en route to a no-decision in his final AFL start. He struck out one, induced seven ground-ball outs and hit one batter while throwing 44 of his 71 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Posey earns 4th NL Silver Slugger Award

Giants catcher maintains strong numbers in down year for club

Posey earns 4th NL Silver Slugger Award

SAN FRANCISCO -- The fourth career Silver Slugger Award that Buster Posey received Thursday validated his season-long effort as the National League's top offensive catcher.

Posey earned the honor, which was presented by Louisville Slugger, while enduring the Giants' worst season since their 100-loss campaign in 1985. They finished last in the NL West with a 64-98 record -- the kind of year that makes ballplayers reluctant to work. In fact, Posey could have spurned manager Bruce Bochy's requests for him to play first base on off-days from catching, and nobody would have accused him of loafing.

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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 tab Schu as assistant hitting coach

Giants tab Schu as assistant hitting coach

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants completed their coaching-staff overhaul Thursday by naming Rick Schu as their assistant hitting coach.

The appointment of Schu, 55, was atypical; unlike many coaches the Giants hire, he has no prior ties to the ballclub or the Bay Area.

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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.

Crawford wins 3rd straight Gold Glove Award

Crawford wins 3rd straight Gold Glove Award

SAN FRANCISCO -- Each year, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford entrenches himself more firmly among the game's elite.

That's not among just his contemporaries. That includes some all-time greats.

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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 unveil wish list for Hot Stove season

Club seeking upgrades at third base, center field, bullpen

Giants unveil wish list for Hot Stove season

SAN FRANCISCO -- Fittingly enough, the Giants marked Monday's unofficial start of the offseason by revising their previously announced Hot Stove wish list to include specifics.

"Center field needs to be upgraded," vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean said on a conference call with reporters. "We have to find an everyday third baseman. And we have to be resourceful in how we reconstruct the bullpen."

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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.

Powell, Young key additions to Giants' staff

Powell, Young key additions to Giants' staff

SAN FRANCISCO -- New Giants coaches Alonzo Powell and Curt Young might indeed be steeped in baseball analytics, but they also seemed grounded in the game's old-fashioned basics.

Introduced on Monday via conference call to beat reporters, hitting instructor Powell and pitching guru Young spoke of the need for a balanced approach when imparting knowledge.

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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.

Cueto won't opt out, remains with Giants

Cueto won't opt out, remains with Giants

Right-hander Johnny Cueto decided Saturday night to not opt out of the final four years and $84 million of his contract with the Giants.

Cueto, 31, went 8-8 with a 4.52 ERA for San Francisco in 2017, dealing with a forearm injury that sidelined him from mid-July through August. In 2016, the two-time All-Star went 18-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 32 starts.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants to pick up Bumgarner's 2018 option

Giants to pick up Bumgarner's 2018 option

The Giants are expected to pick up a club option on Madison Bumgarner, according to a report Sunday by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

The club has not confirmed the report.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants no strangers to free-agency excitement

Giants no strangers to free-agency excitement

SAN FRANCISCO -- If Major League Baseball ever chose to distribute frequent shoppers' cards for each team's use on the free-agent market, there would be no complaints from the Giants.

When the Giants face a pressing personnel need, they typically fill it in free agency rather than through trade. Last year, their big take-home item was closer Mark Melancon. The offseason before that, it was right-handers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. In other years, under other circumstances, the Giants resorted to free agency to obtain the likes of Moises Alou, Mike Matheny, Omar Vizquel, Edgar Renteria, Jeremy Affeldt, Barry Zito and, of course, Barry Bonds.

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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.

Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Below is a recap of each player's performance from the 12th edition of the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, a 4-2 win for the East division.

Among the highly regarded players in this year's exhibition were 10 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Vogelsong assists during instructional league

Former Giants pitcher hopes to become coach or instructor

Vogelsong assists during instructional league

SAN FRANCISCO -- If you're a Giants fan, you probably know at least something about Ryan Vogelsong's long baseball journey.

If you're a Giants pitching prospect, you likely know little to nothing about Vogelsong's stirring saga.

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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.

Inbox: Will the 2018 'pen include young arms?

Inbox: Will the 2018 'pen include young arms?

With the bullpen seemingly in flux, can we expect to see young arms like Kyle Crick, Garrett Williams and Reyes Moronta next year?
-- James H., Sebastapol, Calif.

Though it's far from certain that each will make the Opening Day roster, all should receive a fair shot. For instance, Moronta's determination and focus indicate that he yearns to establish himself in the big leagues. He's hungry (perhaps a little too literally; management wants him to watch his weight).

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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.

Beede rides fastball to success for Scorpions

Beede rides fastball to success for Scorpions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rhythm and command were key on Tuesday for Giants No. 3 prospect Tyler Beede as he took the hill for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Beede held the Glendale Desert Dogs in check over four innings en route a 6-2 victory. In just his second Fall League start, he allowed just just two hits and two unearned runs while striking out four.

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Matt McClure is a senior journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Catching prospect Garcia flashes pop in AFL

San Francisco's No. 8 prospect rips first AFL homer

Catching prospect Garcia flashes pop in AFL

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The San Francisco Giants are intrigued by the power potential of their catching prospect, Aramis Garcia. On Saturday afternoon, he gave them a serious glimpse of it in the Arizona Fall League.

Garcia, the No. 8 prospect in the Giants' system, blasted a two-run home run in his first at-bat and his visiting Scottsdale Scorpions cruised to an 11-3 victory over the Surprise Saguaros at Surprise Stadium.

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Meulens shifts to bench coach; Wotus to 3B

Meulens shifts to bench coach; Wotus to 3B

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants resumed dancing the "Coaching Staff Shuffle" on Thursday, a sequence of moves which general manager Bobby Evans believes can hasten the club's improvement.

Hitting coach Hensley Meulens became manager Bruce Bochy's bench coach. Ron Wotus, the previous bench coach, is the new third-base coach. Evans said that Phil Nevin, who was the third-base coach in 2017, refused reassignment to another role and has left the organization.

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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 unveil 2018 Cactus League schedule

Giants unveil 2018 Cactus League schedule

SAN FRANCISCO -- Eight games against National League West rivals are among the most noteworthy dates in the Giants' 30-game Cactus League schedule for 2018, which the team announced Monday.

The Giants have three games against the San Diego Padres (March 7, March 11 and March 15), two apiece against the Los Angeles Dodgers (Feb. 24, March 4) and Arizona Diamondbacks (Feb. 27, March 21) and one against the Colorado Rockies (March 18).

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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 reassign Righetti, Gardner, Decker

Long-time pitching coach becomes special assistant to GM

Giants reassign Righetti, Gardner, Decker

SAN FRANCISCO -- Continuing to make personnel changes that they hope will prevent a repeat of their forgettable 2017 season, the Giants shuffled pitching coach Dave Righetti, bullpen coach Mark Gardner and assistant hitting coach Steve Decker into off-field roles Saturday.

Righetti will become a special assistant to general manager Bobby Evans. Gardner will handle a special assignment role that focuses on pitching evaluations. Decker assumes special assistant duties in the baseball operations department.

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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.

SF names Bell director of player personnel

SF names Bell director of player personnel

SAN FRANCISCO -- Adding an individual associated with the team's past success who they believe can generate future glory, the Giants appointed former big league infielder David Bell to be their new director of player personnel.

Bell replaced Shane Turner after a season in which the organization's top five Minor League affiliates all finished below .500.

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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 deliver positive moments in tough 2017

Giants deliver positive moments in tough 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- The baseball season's sheer length and the ebb and flow of a player's performance almost guarantees that each club or individual can find solace in some aspect of their year.

Despite their 64-98 record and a last-place finish in the National League West, the Giants are no exception.

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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.

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Jim Callis

Giants' Arizona Fall League overview

Shaw working on outfield defense, leads San Francisco's AFL crop

Giants' Arizona Fall League overview

Chris Shaw is the Giants' most advanced position prospect. He led all of the their minor leaguers in home runs (24), extra-base hits (60), RBIs (79), slugging (.525) and OPS (.871) while splitting 2017 between Double-A and Triple-A.

Despite that success, Shaw still has plenty to work on in the Arizona Fall League. He said he was excited to return to Scottsdale, which is also San Francisco's Spring Training base, to play for the Scorpions.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.