Bryce Harper

16 Feb 19
NESN.com

[nesn_embed service=dailymotion src=”https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x72gux7″ width=”480″ height=”270″] Spring training officially is here, but dozens of well-established Major League Baseball players remain without teams. Two of the biggest stars in the game, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, have yet to sign deals and plenty more veterans — ranging from serviceable to All-Stars — remain free agents as teams […]

16 Feb 19
WritersWrite

Pauld2leo.wordpress.com (Book 55 Non-Fiction ‘Baseball and Millionaires’) By C. Paul Di Tullio                                Chapter ‘Baseball, ‘That’s Entertainment’ By: Ted Berg USA TODAY | February 13, 2019 I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, […]

16 Feb 19
High Velocity Sport

Seager looking to leave difficult season behind https://es.pn/2Eczizo GLENDALE, Ariz. — Confined to crutches and unable to contribute, Corey Seager found himself in an awkward middle space while his Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to a second consecutive World Series last fall. He didn’t want to be intrusive, but he wanted to feel included. He wanted […]

16 Feb 19
NESN.com

[nesn_embed service=dailymotion src=”https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x72gux7″ width=”480″ height=”270″] Xander Bogaerts will become a free agent after the 2019 season if he does not sign a contract extension with the Boston Red Sox beforehand. Bogaerts on Friday indicated to reporters that he has enjoyed his time in Boston and wouldn’t mind signing an extension with the Sox. “I mean […]

16 Feb 19
SS HACKERS

By TYLER KEPNER Some teams sat tight this winter, but Washington aggressively signed players, topped by Patrick Corbin’s $140 million deal. Now if only Bryce Harper decides to re-up. Published: February 15, 2019 at 05:30AM

16 Feb 19
What's On Sports News

By TYLER KEPNER Some teams sat tight this winter, but Washington aggressively signed players, topped by Patrick Corbin’s $140 million deal. Now if only Bryce Harper decides to re-up. To read full story, go to: NYT Sports https://nyti.ms/2GLrFBR

15 Feb 19
trowinandmowin

The General Manager of the Phillies, Matt Klentak, gave himself and the Phillies front office a pat on the back yesterday by saying: “We’ve had an objectively excellent offseason, in my opinion.”. Klentak is somewhat correct, the Phillies have had a good offseason, however, it has not been an excellent offseason. If the Phillies don’t […]

15 Feb 19
UltraSports.TV

The greatest questions of this off season have been where would Manny Machado along with Bryce Harper sign for 2019 and outside. WellSpring Training has now begun for all 30 teams and both superstars stay unsigned, as players get set to report a few weeks leaving lots of Hot Stove intrigue. Which of the 2 […]

15 Feb 19
High Velocity Sport

Phillies’ MacPhail: Goal is to win immediately https://es.pn/2N7eoog CLEARWATER, Fla. — With spring training underway, Philadelphia Phillies president Andy MacPhail is certain his team is built to win right now. As for adding someone like outfielder Bryce Harper or third baseman Manny Machado, he’s not fueling any speculation. Editor’s Picks Three and a half months […]

15 Feb 19
Redwood Times
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Another day, another new player. So it goes in Giants camp, where new president of baseball Farhan Zaidi is working diligently to add quality depth while maintaining optimal roster flexibility. Thus far, none of the new players the Giants have acquired are 26-year-old superstar free agents. But a few are expected to help the club improve immediately, including Friday’s signee, switch-hitting infielder Yangervis Solarte. “To have not just a switch-hitter, but a guy who has 15-to-20 homer power and also a guy who makes a lot of contact and struck out 60-to-70 times a year, you don’t see that with double figure power that much in the game anymore,” Zaidi said. Like fellow minor league free agent Gerardo Parra, Solarte must pass a physical Sunday for his deal to be completed with the Giants. While neither Parra nor Solarte are guaranteed roster spots, both are obvious candidates to earn Opening Day jobs. Though the Giants fan base is growing impatient waiting on the decision of free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Zaidi continues to build the roster with a specific vision in mind. Solarte struggled with the Blue Jays last year due to inconsistent playing time and an oblique injury, but the Giants see value in his ability to play every infield position and even the outfield if a need develops. “He plays a lot of positions, he’s a pro, a switch-hitter, he’s a nice addition to this ball club,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He gives you versatility, depth, he can do a lot of things.” A career .259 hitter, Solarte’s career splits are better from the left side of the plate than the right. Bochy said he’ll primarily earn reps at second and third base, but he added the Giants came away impressed with Solarte’s defense at shortstop during a four-year run with the Padres from 2014-2017. Zaidi said that like Solarte, Parra projects to earn playing time at multiple positions this spring. In the vast outfields of the National League West, the Giants can benefit from aligning Steven Duggar in center field and Parra in one of the corners. Though fans would prefer to see Harper sign with the Giants and play right field, Zaidi is continuing to monitor the market while executing plans to upgrade the overall outfield depth. With dozens of free agents still available, Zaidi indicated the Giants are in a position to consider mid-spring trades should other clubs lose out on free agents they hope to acquire. “We’ve had trade conversations with teams about certain players that started in 2018 that kind of are continuing now,” Zaidi said. “It’s a little bit of a function of the slow market but I think with anything that’s a hypothetical, it’s a good idea to have alternatives and not put all of your eggs in one basket.” While the Giants’ first-year president of baseball operations has extended more than 20 players non-roster invites to big league camp, Zaidi said it’s critical to find a balance between adding depth and providing players an opportunity to compete for major league jobs. “We want competition but we don’t want this to be a reality show or a tryout camp,” Zaidi said. “You try to draw the line between feeling good about the group you have but not going overboard in terms of numbers. Making sure that the guys here are getting the opportunity they were told they were going to have, that’s important to us.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] In other words, don’t expect many other newcomers unless current members of the roster find themselves headed out the door. Though Zaidi hasn’t made any major moves to upgrade a Giants offense that finished 29th in runs scored and home runs last season, the Giants could trade from an area of team strength –like the bullpen– in order to add a corner outfielder with power. Harper may provide the power the Giants so desperately need, but thus far, Zaidi has maintained an incredible amount of roster flexibility. Every free agent signed by the Giants this offseason has agreed to a one-year deal (Derek Holland has a club option for 2020), while non-roster invitees like Parra and Solarte aren’t even taking up 40-man roster spots yet. Many of the players the Giants have acquired through waivers or free agency also possess minor league options, meaning they can be shuttled back and forth from Triple-A to the major leagues freely this year. At some point, a day will pass this spring when the Giants avoid making a roster move. At some point, Harper will sign with a major league team. Whether it’s the Giants remains an uncertainty, but if Harper opts to play elsewhere, expect Zaidi to remain active.
15 Feb 19
Daily Democrat
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Another day, another new player. So it goes in Giants camp, where new president of baseball Farhan Zaidi is working diligently to add quality depth while maintaining optimal roster flexibility. Thus far, none of the new players the Giants have acquired are 26-year-old superstar free agents. But a few are expected to help the club improve immediately, including Friday’s signee, switch-hitting infielder Yangervis Solarte. “To have not just a switch-hitter, but a guy who has 15-to-20 homer power and also a guy who makes a lot of contact and struck out 60-to-70 times a year, you don’t see that with double figure power that much in the game anymore,” Zaidi said. Like fellow minor league free agent Gerardo Parra, Solarte must pass a physical Sunday for his deal to be completed with the Giants. While neither Parra nor Solarte are guaranteed roster spots, both are obvious candidates to earn Opening Day jobs. Though the Giants fan base is growing impatient waiting on the decision of free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Zaidi continues to build the roster with a specific vision in mind. Solarte struggled with the Blue Jays last year due to inconsistent playing time and an oblique injury, but the Giants see value in his ability to play every infield position and even the outfield if a need develops. “He plays a lot of positions, he’s a pro, a switch-hitter, he’s a nice addition to this ball club,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He gives you versatility, depth, he can do a lot of things.” A career .259 hitter, Solarte’s career splits are better from the left side of the plate than the right. Bochy said he’ll primarily earn reps at second and third base, but he added the Giants came away impressed with Solarte’s defense at shortstop during a four-year run with the Padres from 2014-2017. Zaidi said that like Solarte, Parra projects to earn playing time at multiple positions this spring. In the vast outfields of the National League West, the Giants can benefit from aligning Steven Duggar in center field and Parra in one of the corners. Though fans would prefer to see Harper sign with the Giants and play right field, Zaidi is continuing to monitor the market while executing plans to upgrade the overall outfield depth. With dozens of free agents still available, Zaidi indicated the Giants are in a position to consider mid-spring trades should other clubs lose out on free agents they hope to acquire. “We’ve had trade conversations with teams about certain players that started in 2018 that kind of are continuing now,” Zaidi said. “It’s a little bit of a function of the slow market but I think with anything that’s a hypothetical, it’s a good idea to have alternatives and not put all of your eggs in one basket.” While the Giants’ first-year president of baseball operations has extended more than 20 players non-roster invites to big league camp, Zaidi said it’s critical to find a balance between adding depth and providing players an opportunity to compete for major league jobs. “We want competition but we don’t want this to be a reality show or a tryout camp,” Zaidi said. “You try to draw the line between feeling good about the group you have but not going overboard in terms of numbers. Making sure that the guys here are getting the opportunity they were told they were going to have, that’s important to us.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] In other words, don’t expect many other newcomers unless current members of the roster find themselves headed out the door. Though Zaidi hasn’t made any major moves to upgrade a Giants offense that finished 29th in runs scored and home runs last season, the Giants could trade from an area of team strength –like the bullpen– in order to add a corner outfielder with power. Harper may provide the power the Giants so desperately need, but thus far, Zaidi has maintained an incredible amount of roster flexibility. Every free agent signed by the Giants this offseason has agreed to a one-year deal (Derek Holland has a club option for 2020), while non-roster invitees like Parra and Solarte aren’t even taking up 40-man roster spots yet. Many of the players the Giants have acquired through waivers or free agency also possess minor league options, meaning they can be shuttled back and forth from Triple-A to the major leagues freely this year. At some point, a day will pass this spring when the Giants avoid making a roster move. At some point, Harper will sign with a major league team. Whether it’s the Giants remains an uncertainty, but if Harper opts to play elsewhere, expect Zaidi to remain active.
15 Feb 19
Times-Standard
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Another day, another new player. So it goes in Giants camp, where new president of baseball Farhan Zaidi is working diligently to add quality depth while maintaining optimal roster flexibility. Thus far, none of the new players the Giants have acquired are 26-year-old superstar free agents. But a few are expected to help the club improve immediately, including Friday’s signee, switch-hitting infielder Yangervis Solarte. “To have not just a switch-hitter, but a guy who has 15-to-20 homer power and also a guy who makes a lot of contact and struck out 60-to-70 times a year, you don’t see that with double figure power that much in the game anymore,” Zaidi said. Like fellow minor league free agent Gerardo Parra, Solarte must pass a physical Sunday for his deal to be completed with the Giants. While neither Parra nor Solarte are guaranteed roster spots, both are obvious candidates to earn Opening Day jobs. Though the Giants fan base is growing impatient waiting on the decision of free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Zaidi continues to build the roster with a specific vision in mind. Solarte struggled with the Blue Jays last year due to inconsistent playing time and an oblique injury, but the Giants see value in his ability to play every infield position and even the outfield if a need develops. “He plays a lot of positions, he’s a pro, a switch-hitter, he’s a nice addition to this ball club,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He gives you versatility, depth, he can do a lot of things.” A career .259 hitter, Solarte’s career splits are better from the left side of the plate than the right. Bochy said he’ll primarily earn reps at second and third base, but he added the Giants came away impressed with Solarte’s defense at shortstop during a four-year run with the Padres from 2014-2017. Zaidi said that like Solarte, Parra projects to earn playing time at multiple positions this spring. In the vast outfields of the National League West, the Giants can benefit from aligning Steven Duggar in center field and Parra in one of the corners. Though fans would prefer to see Harper sign with the Giants and play right field, Zaidi is continuing to monitor the market while executing plans to upgrade the overall outfield depth. With dozens of free agents still available, Zaidi indicated the Giants are in a position to consider mid-spring trades should other clubs lose out on free agents they hope to acquire. “We’ve had trade conversations with teams about certain players that started in 2018 that kind of are continuing now,” Zaidi said. “It’s a little bit of a function of the slow market but I think with anything that’s a hypothetical, it’s a good idea to have alternatives and not put all of your eggs in one basket.” While the Giants’ first-year president of baseball operations has extended more than 20 players non-roster invites to big league camp, Zaidi said it’s critical to find a balance between adding depth and providing players an opportunity to compete for major league jobs. “We want competition but we don’t want this to be a reality show or a tryout camp,” Zaidi said. “You try to draw the line between feeling good about the group you have but not going overboard in terms of numbers. Making sure that the guys here are getting the opportunity they were told they were going to have, that’s important to us.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] In other words, don’t expect many other newcomers unless current members of the roster find themselves headed out the door. Though Zaidi hasn’t made any major moves to upgrade a Giants offense that finished 29th in runs scored and home runs last season, the Giants could trade from an area of team strength –like the bullpen– in order to add a corner outfielder with power. Harper may provide the power the Giants so desperately need, but thus far, Zaidi has maintained an incredible amount of roster flexibility. Every free agent signed by the Giants this offseason has agreed to a one-year deal (Derek Holland has a club option for 2020), while non-roster invitees like Parra and Solarte aren’t even taking up 40-man roster spots yet. Many of the players the Giants have acquired through waivers or free agency also possess minor league options, meaning they can be shuttled back and forth from Triple-A to the major leagues freely this year. At some point, a day will pass this spring when the Giants avoid making a roster move. At some point, Harper will sign with a major league team. Whether it’s the Giants remains an uncertainty, but if Harper opts to play elsewhere, expect Zaidi to remain active.