Report: Romo remains a Giant, gets 2-year deal

Report: Romo remains a Giant, gets 2-year deal

The Giants have reportedly reached an agreement to bring back free-agent reliever Sergio Romo on a two-year contract worth $15 million.

Romo, 31, has spent his entire Major League career with the Giants and has served as an instrumental part of the back end of their bullpen. FOXSports.com first reported the agreement Wednesday afternoon, and says it is pending a physical.

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

Hometown shows pride for Panik after quick ascension

Suburban New York community takes joy in success of Giants infielder

Hometown shows pride for Panik after quick ascension

HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y. -- Along Route 82, right before the light at Unity Street, stood a small red sign that told this story -- one of a tiny New York community bursting with pride at the accomplishments of one of its own -- with four words: "Honk for Joe Panik."

Here in Hopewell, a village of sorts within the town of East Fishkill, passers-by obliged. They honked for Joe Panik, Giants second baseman. They honked for Joe Panik, World Series champion. They honked for Joe Panik, their former teammate and student and neighbor and friend.

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Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trade looking more likely as Giants eye third-base answer

With more free agents off the board, SF could be forced to deal pitching prospects

Trade looking more likely as Giants eye third-base answer

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants might have to engineer a trade to obtain a third baseman, since the supply of capable free agents at that position dwindled sharply Monday.

Chase Headley, considered the top third baseman remaining on the open market, agreed to a reported four-year, $52 million deal with the Yankees. Jed Lowrie, primarily a shortstop who has accumulated an adequate amount of experience at third base, signed for three years and $23 million with Houston.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants leave Meetings still seeking starter

San Francisco also has hole at third base to fill

Giants leave Meetings still seeking starter

SAN DIEGO -- Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans employed analogies to golf and fishing in summarizing the aftermath of baseball's Winter Meetings, which concluded Thursday without the reigning World Series champions making a single personnel move.

Evans observed that four days of trade talks and free-agent bargaining helped the Giants "tee up a lot of different options." General manager Brian Sabean and his staff, Evans added, are "spreading the net wide" in the search for an effective starting pitcher.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bochy looking forward to healthy Belt, Pagan

Giants will be cautious with workhorse Bumgarner; Lincecum in rotation

Bochy looking forward to healthy Belt, Pagan

SAN DIEGO -- Madison Bumgarner's priceless left arm, Angel Pagan's health and the tentative state of the batting order were among key topics for 2015 that Giants manager Bruce Bochy addressed Wednesday during his question-and-answer session with reporters at baseball's Winter Meetings.

A major priority for Bochy and his staff will be the care and feeding of Bumgarner, whose 270-inning workload in 2014 prompted worries of physical erosion for 2015.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Okert named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Most Valuable Player Greg Bird leads young stars following AFL season

Okert named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The Arizona Fall League on Wednesday announced its 2014 Top Prospects Team, highlighted by league Most Valuable Player Greg Bird and baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton.

The 22-man Top Prospects Team includes at least one player from 16 Major League organizations. The Fall League managers and coaches voted on the team, taking into consideration the players' performances during the fall and their projected future in the Major Leagues.

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

Zito set on comeback, will audition in January

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Zito set on comeback, will audition in January

You've probably seen Moneyball 17 times by now, so you're surely aware that in 2002, Barry Zito went 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA over 35 starts for the first-place Athletics. He was 24.

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'We did not receive a rose': Giants miss on Lester

Team will move on to fill rotation, left-field and third-base holes

'We did not receive a rose': Giants miss on Lester

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants almost certainly will leave baseball's Winter Meetings on Thursday with no new ballplayers and a handful of options for replenishing their roster.

Jon Lester, the highly coveted left-hander, became the latest free agent to turn down the Giants' contract proposals. Following the example of Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, Lester telephoned the Giants shortly after 5:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday to inform them they no longer were in the running for his services.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MadBum's delivery in top form at Sportsman of Year event

Giants ace stays humble, jokes with LA's Magic at star-studded festivity

MadBum's delivery in top form at Sportsman of Year event

NEW YORK -- Madison Bumgarner just finished a big night in style again.

Concluding a charming and humble acceptance speech after Major League Baseball Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred presented him the 2014 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award, the Giants' left-hander and reigning World Series MVP looked at his wife, Ali, who traveled with him to the Chelsea Piers event from their home in Caldwell County in North Carolina's foothills.

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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.

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Lyle Spencer

Resilient Giants will move on after Lester

World Series champions have history of bouncing back

Resilient Giants will move on after Lester

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants are being asked once again to rebound, something they've done over the past five seasons on the historic level of Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell.

It was Jon Lester or bust at the Winter Meetings for the 2014 World Series champions, and the free-agent lefty busted them with a phone call late Tuesday afternoon. Informed by Lester personally that they'd been dropped from the bidding for his services, the Giants' decision-makers were prepared to go to work immediately on Plan B for giving Madison Bumgarner a high-caliber partner in the rotation. 

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

Bumgarner wears suit and tie for first time

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Bumgarner wears suit and tie for first time

Madison Bumgarner is a big country music fan, so it's not incredibly shocking that he can't relate to Justin Timberlake's hit single "Suit & Tie", but this is a bit ridiculous.

According to Tom Verducci's profile on Bumgarner, the reigning World Series MVP had to buy his first suit so that he could dress appropriately to accept his award as Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year.

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MadBum decisive choice as SI Sportsman of the Year

Giants lefty 14th to represent MLB with magazine's prestigious award

MadBum decisive choice as SI Sportsman of the Year

SAN DIEGO -- Madison Bumgarner's sense of humor seemed intact Monday. More importantly, so did his throwing arm.

During a conference call to herald Bumgarner's selection as Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year, the Giants' ace left-hander said that he was "right on course" for his usual offseason, having resumed his workout routine about a week ago. He plans to begin throwing soon.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hayes named Giants' first-base coach; Kelly to third

Hayes named Giants' first-base coach; Kelly to third

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants shuffled their coaching staff Monday night, naming Roberto Kelly their third-base coach to replace the retired Tim Flannery. Also, bullpen catcher Bill Hayes received Kelly's vacated role as first-base coach.

Kelly, 50, coached first base for the previous seven seasons with San Francisco. He also has helped tutor players in baserunning and was responsible for coaching outfield defense. Kelly, a two-time All-Star outfielder, batted .290 in a 14-year Major League career with eight teams.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Posey a 'franchise catcher,' won't move to third

Posey a 'franchise catcher,' won't move to third

SAN DIEGO -- No matter how often Giants officials insist that Buster Posey won't move to an infield corner spot, they're asked to repeat that it won't happen, at least in the immediate future. Monday gave general manager Brian Sabean another opportunity to debunk thoughts of Posey switching from behind the plate to third base, since the Giants have an opening at the latter position.

"Buster's a catcher," Sabean said. "He's a franchise player, a franchise catcher."

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

See the 15 MLB SI Sportsmen of the Year covers

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See the 15 MLB SI Sportsmen of the Year covers

From 1954 to 2013, Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year was awarded to 15 professional baseball players and one entire team, the 2004 Red Sox -- a feat that spanned 14 SI covers (Mark McGwire & Sammy Sosa and Randy Johnson & Curt Schilling were co-Sportsmen in 1998 and 2001, respectively). In 2014, 60 years after the award was first given out, Madison Bumgarner brings MLB's total to 15.

With roughly a quarter of all Sportsman of the Year awards -- which, fun fact, are urns -- in the hands of MLB greats, and in celebration of Bumgarner's addition to this hallowed list, let's take a moment to look back on all the previous Sports Illustrated covers honoring MLB players. Don't mind us if we get a little misty-eyed from nostalgia:

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Giants add to trophy case with four GIBBYS

Bumgarner, Ishikawa, Panik, Bochy earn awards

Giants add to trophy case with four GIBBYS

SAN FRANCISCO -- Four Giants captured prestigious MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards, reflecting the quality and excitement of the events that brought San Francisco its third World Series title in five seasons.

Giants recipients were left-hander Madison Bumgarner, Postseason Most Valuable Player; first baseman/left fielder Travis Ishikawa, postseason walk-off; second baseman Joe Panik, best postseason play; and Bruce Bochy, Manager of the Year.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants likely to find third-base coach internally

Plenty of candidates among longtime player-development staff

Giants likely to find third-base coach internally

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants already have their next third-base coach. They just haven't named him yet.

The club almost certainly will promote somebody from within the organization to succeed Tim Flannery, who retired from baseball late last month.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fans can show love for Giants through auction

Fans can show love for Giants through auction

Bidding starts at $750 for the same No. 40 road jersey that Madison Bumgarner wore while baffling the Royals in the 115th World Series opener on Oct. 21, starting his historic run toward eventual Series MVP and the Giants toward their third world championship in a five-year span.

That mildly-perspired-upon jersey is one of 57 items the Giants used throughout their triumphant 2014 Fall Classic that are now listed at sfgiants.com/postseasonauction, and that includes a handful of items authenticated at the subsequent parade. The auction will close on Dec. 15 and delivery is expected two to four weeks after that, so if you're like everyone else in a holiday shopping mode, it could make for a suspenseful gift that just comes with a little wait.

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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.

NLCS hero Ishikawa, Sanchez avoid arbitration

First baseman/outfielder gets $1.1 million; backup catcher agrees to $800,000 deal

NLCS hero Ishikawa, Sanchez avoid arbitration

SAN FRANCISCO -- Travis Ishikawa probably won't have to be a vagabond next season.

Ishikawa, the first baseman/left fielder who emerged as one of the Giants' postseason heroes, agreed to terms Thursday on a one-year, $1.1 million contract. His agent, Jim McDowell, delivered the news in an e-mail to MLB.com.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants tender contracts to all arbitration-eligible players

Giants tender contracts to all arbitration-eligible players

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants tendered 2015 contracts to their six players eligible for salary arbitration, a group that consists of first baseman Brandon Belt, outfielder Gregor Blanco, shortstop Brandon Crawford, first baseman/left fielder Travis Ishikawa, right-hander Yusmeiro Petit and catcher Hector Sanchez.

None of this contingent is expected to strain the payroll budget of the reigning World Series champions, though arbitration typically guarantees pay increases that range from significant to exorbitant.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Time might be right for Giants to make Hot Stove noise

Time might be right for Giants to make Hot Stove noise

The first few weeks of the Hot Stove season have been busy, but there is still plenty more action to come.

In the NL West, the top headlines have involved players leaving the division, namely Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, and the biggest name joining the group is Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, who agreed to terms with the D-backs on a six-year, $68 million deal Wednesday. The Padres have made noise about spending big under new GM A.J. Preller, while the new regime in Colorado is also in the spotlight. Of course, there will likely be news made by the defending division champs in Los Angeles and the defending World Series champs in San Francisco.

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Avert your eyes from new Candlestick Park photos

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Avert your eyes from new Candlestick Park photos

Entropy claims all. Seasons change, waters rise and the homes to our beloved and most cherished memories collapse and fall. Perhaps it was your childhood treehouse being destroyed by that Nor'easter a few years back. Or when your parents re-wallpapered your bedroom and turned it into their guestroom/storage room for the unused exercise equipment. And then there are the sports stadiums like the Roman Colosseum, once home to the greatest athletics feats, now crumbling and falling apart.

Enter: Candlestick Park. With the 49ers now playing in the brand new Levi's Stadium and the Giants playing in the gorgeous AT&T Park, Candlestick Park is left alone. 

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Panik gives back during Newtown youth clinic

Red Sox prospect started the event following Sandy Hook tragedy

Panik gives back during Newtown youth clinic

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The elementary school-aged ballplayer was still rubbing the sleep out of his eyes on Sunday morning when he walked into the Newtown Youth Academy. He couldn't quite believe that this familiar face was standing right in front of him.

"Do you play for the Giants?" the youngster asked, not quite ready to believe his gut, but astutely noting the man's black-and-orange sweatshirt.

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Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bochys embrace mission of Homeless Prenatal Program

Bochys embrace mission of Homeless Prenatal Program

SAN FRANCISCO -- Less than two miles from the exalted grounds of AT&T Park is a different kind of sanctuary, a place of comfort for low-income and homeless families built to break the cycle of childhood poverty.

Kim Bochy, wife of Giants manager Bruce Bochy, believes it was less chance and more fate that brought her here three years ago.

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

KC Symphony makes good on World Series bet

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KC Symphony makes good on World Series bet

Back in October, Kansas City Symphony and music director Michael Stern and his fellow Royals fans were feeling confident in their team's chances heading into Game 7 of the World Series. So much so that he issued a challenge to the folks in the San Francisco Symphony:

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Giants' best bet at third likely from outside

Headley leads remaining free-agent class; trade for veteran also possible

Giants' best bet at third likely from outside

Pablo Sandoval is off to Boston, and the expensive retooling of the Red Sox has continued with a robust addition that figures to have the storied Fenway Park franchise set at third base for the next five years.

The team Sandoval just left, however, has some serious cleat-filling to do.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Throwing prospects into fire becoming the norm

Dodgers, Mets among teams wrestling with decisions on phenoms

Throwing prospects into fire becoming the norm

Andrew Friedman says the Dodgers are wrestling with whether to fill their hole at shortstop externally or internally.

Allow me to interpret: When will top prospect Corey Seager be ready?

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.