Giants unlikely to pursue Jose Reyes, Jimmy Rollins

Jose Reyes has been out of the offseason picture for quite some time now, as he simply doesn’t fit within the Giants’ budget, but it looks like Jimmy Rollins is unofficially off the table as well (h/t MLB Trade Rumors):

The Giants are another team where Reyes would seem to be a perfect fit, but the word in baseball is that at this point, they are unlikely to pursue him (or to pursue free-agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins, either).

When I wrote about Rollins a month ago, he was looking for a five-year deal (and, well, probably still is). He’ll turn 33 this month, and simply isn’t good enough to justify such a long-term commitment — especially considering his injury history. In the short-term, he’d provide some much-needed stability at shortstop. A few years from now though, a (somewhat)-lucrative contract would likely end up a mess…even the three-year $40MM deal I suggested seems quite generous in retrospect. So it’s not such a bad thing that he’s off the Giants’ radar, especially if he actually happens to command the kind of money he’s looking for.

The other interesting thing Knobler notes — or rather, confirms — is that the Giants have some serious interest in Coco Crisp:

After committing money to keep the pitching staff together for another year, it’s believed that the Giants have just about $10 million to spend for 2012, and that they intend to spend the bulk of it on a center fielder (very possibly Coco Crisp).

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote today about how Crisp could fit in well with the Giants’ plans:

Crisp, who tied for the league lead in stolen bases, could be a good fit for the Giants, who need a center fielder and leadoff hitter. “Covelli has made it clear that he would like to play for a team that is determined to compete, and he’d also like to stay on the West Coast,” Comte said, using Crisp’s first name. “I think the Giants would be a viable option for him and vice versa.”

Like Rollins, Crisp’s injury history is a bit concerning (as he enters his mid-30s), but he’s attractive for a few reasons: he can still handle centerfield, he’s quite a prolific basestealer, and he’s good for average-ish production at the plate — which is nice to have from an up-the-middle position. A weak CF market could drive up his price, but at a reasonable cost, Crisp would be a solid addition — and hopefully help the Giants transition smoothly into the Gary Brown era.

 

Cody Ross wants to return to the Giants in 2012

Via Hank Schulman, Cody Ross wants to sign with the Giants this offseason. Schulman has exchanged emails with Ross, and Ross has said:

“I have talked to them briefly, but no negotiations have taken place. They have interest and so do i. Hoepfully we can get something done.”

Ross’ season (.240/.325/.405), which I recently reviewed, wasn’t particularly impressive — but he was certainly of value (especially with the 49 walks he drew in 461 plate appearances). As I speculated before, the money Ross makes this offseason will be largely dictated by whether or not teams still believe he can play a passable centerfield. Considering that the Giants currently have a gap there, and that Brandon Belt and Nate Schierholtz unofficially enter 2012 as starting LF and RF (respectively), it’d make a lot of sense for the Giants to pursue him.

Schulman believes that the Giants will only bring back Ross for some figure smaller than the $5.3MM that he earned this season. If that is the case, it’s quite possible Ross ends up somewhere else. The free agent market for centerfielders this offseason is quite thin, which works to his advantage.

If the Giants don’t intend to hand Ross an everyday job, a platoon with Andres Torres would make a ton of sense. Ross destroys southpaws (career .282/.349/.563), but is pretty much Torres’ equivalent when it comes to hitting RHPs (nearly identical career OPS splits). In that case, Torres is of higher value (because of his superior baserunning and defense).

Anyway, I predicted a few days ago that Ross would not return with the Giants next season, and I still believe that to be the case.

Matt Cain is not going anywhere

Via Joel Sherman:

For those on the Matt Cain bandwagon, I heard the Giants have made it so clear they are not trading him that the Yankees have not asked about the righty in “years.”

h/t TYA

It’s pretty evident, at this point, that the Giants intend to sign Matt Cain to an extension. It seems, in fact, as though it’s their top offseason priority, and I expect they’ll get a deal done in the near future. I looked at the prospect of a Cain extension a week ago.

Ramon Hernandez pulled off of waivers, but Giants trade still a possibility

If you were following earlier today, you may have noticed that Ramon Hernandez was claimed on waivers by a mystery team, then pulled back by the Reds. He’s 35, and his contract ends at the end of 2011, so he doesn’t really fit into the Reds’ future plans (note: they have Ryan Hanigan, as well as catching prospect Devin Mesoraco). Nevertheless, he projects as a Type-A free agent, which probably explains why the Reds have been hesitant to trade him — even though they’ve been out of the playoff race for some time now.

Anyway, even though he was pulled off waivers, Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News writes that a trade to the Giants is still a possibility (h/t Daniel Rathman):

On Friday morning, the Reds withdrew the waivers, meaning somebody probably tried to claim him, probably the San Francisco Giants. The Reds and Giants still could make a trade involving Hernandez.

THEY HAVE 48 hours after withdrawing waivers to make a trade and, surprise, surprise, a San Francisco scout was at Friday’s game.

And a deal would have to be made before September 1 to make it worth San Francisco’s while. A player has to be on the 25-man roster by August 31 to eligible for the playoffs.

Hernandez is a trade target that’s been discussed quite a lot, and would make sense for the Giants — who are desperately in need of any offensive help they can get. A trade seems unlikely, but hey, there’s still a chance.

 

Giants recall Brandon Belt from Triple-A, place Andres Torres on 15-day DL

Nothing’s certain, but Henry Schulman is reporting that Belt is flying to Miami and will probably be activated.

First baseman/outfielder Brandon Belt is flying from Fresno to Miami today and probably will be activated for tonight’s game, The Chronicle has learned.

It was not immediately clear if Carlos Beltran is going on the disabled list.

Two days ago, Bruce Bochy said on KNBR that “[Brandon Belt]’s not tearing it up or so to speak to where we feel that he’s going to come up here and make a huge impact,” but with Carlos Beltran out and the Giants’ offense pressing, it’s clear that they can no longer afford to leave Belt down in Triple-A.

UPDATE: It’s official.

#SFGiants have placed OF Andres Torres on 15-day DL w/ contusion to his lower right leg. IF Brandon Belt has been recalled from triple-A.

Bruce Bochy on KNBR: Jonathan Sanchez, Carlos Beltran, Pat Burrell

Bruce Bochy appeared on KNBR earlier today with Murph and Mac, discussing — among other things — Jonathan Sanchez, Carlos Beltran, Pat Burrell, and Brandon Belt. You can listen to the interview here, but here are some brief notes:

  • The Giants are willing to commit to Jonathan Sanchez as the fifth starter for the next start because they don’t really have another choice that is better. He’s probably going to go out there his next start, says Bochy.
  • On the possibility of Carlos Beltran hitting the DL, Bochy says that there’s always a chance of that happening. After receiving a cortisone injection, Beltran is doubtful for tomorrow but Bochy said he’d put Saturday as more realistic as far as him being in the lineup. Beltran himself doesn’t feel that the injury is that serious.
  • Any chance Pat Burrell returns to the scene? Bochy hasn’t heard back from Pat since he went to North Carolina to have [his foot] checked by another specialist. He’s going to talk to him today.
  • Asked about why Brandon Belt was optioned back to Triple-A, Bochy said that Brandon was having his struggles too — that he was “too closed off” and “it’s not like he was tearing it up here.” “He’s not tearing it up or so to speak to where we feel that he’s going to come up here and make a huge impact.”

Giants News and Notes: Freddy Sanchez to undergo surgery

Some quick pregame news and notes…

Giants News and Notes: Bill Hall Designated for Assignment, Emmanuel Burriss Optioned

I figured I’d catch up on the news and notes from today, as Carlos Beltran gets set to make his San Francisco Giants debut…