Inbox: How much will Pence play in '18?

Inbox: How much will Pence play in '18?

Would the Giants consider having Hunter Pence as a fourth outfielder with only one year left on his expensive contract if they can obtain better options through free agency or trade?
-- Mike F., Oakley, Calif.

Pence will remain welcome in a Giants uniform no matter what happens. His diligence and positive attitude have enabled him to build a reserve of good will -- and, perhaps more importantly, respect -- within the organization. This should guarantee him a certain amount of playing time. True, his $18.5 million salary is cumbersome. But the Giants saw fit to use Aaron Rowand in 106 games in 2011 while he earned $13.6 million, so they've been through this before.

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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

Duggar racks up four hits in AFL performance

Duggar racks up four hits in AFL performance

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After missing almost the entire first three months of the season, Giants outfielder Steven Duggar is getting some much-needed at-bats in the Arizona Fall League. During the first week of the AFL season, those at-bats didn't turn out as well as hoped.

But after going 2-for-16 in his first five games for the Scottsdale Scorpions, Duggar broke out with four hits Wednesday night in a 9-5 defeat of the Glendale Desert Dogs. Scottsdale banged out 18 hits, the most in any Fall League game this year, to improve to 4-4 and take sole possession of first place in the East Division. Glendale dropped to 5-3 and a first-place tie in the West with the Peoria Javelinas.

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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.

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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.

Aurilia's home, winery spared worst from fires

Aurilia's home, winery spared worst from fires

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rich Aurilia was spared from the terrible toll of the wildfires that continue to ravage much of northern California. But he felt the heat nonetheless.

Aurilia happened to be in the area with his family when the flames began spreading Oct. 8. By Wednesday, they had returned to safety at their home near Phoenix.

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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: What's key to improving Giants' offense?

Giants beat reporter Chris Haft answers fans' questions

Inbox: What's key to improving Giants' offense?

Apart from Buster Posey, the entire lineup could stand to add 20 points to their batting averages, and this might only make the Giants a .500 team. Even the pitching staff doesn't show enough consistency. Is it key players or coaching changes that are going to satisfy the fans that had to endure this season?
-- Keith B., Brisbane

Coaching changes would make only a nominal difference. If it's hitting coaches you're thinking about -- and you probably are, given the Giants' offensive struggles this season -- replacing Hensley Meulens might not make much difference in and of itself. Major League hitting instructors basically possess similar knowledge. The difference lies in their ability to motivate and prepare each hitter for that day's game. And I detected no lack of motivation among Giants hitters this year. They just weren't good enough.

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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.

Bochy feeling well after heart procedure

Bochy feeling well after heart procedure

SAN FRANCISCO --- Giants manager Bruce Bochy issued an upbeat message Friday after undergoing a minor heart procedure in San Diego.

"The procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better," Bochy said in the statement released by the club's media relations department. "I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

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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.

Electric field: Defense key to Giants' 2018

Adding outfield arms, lefty relievers could play to SF's existing strengths

Electric field: Defense key to Giants' 2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' precipitous fall from perennial contender to last place in the National League West resembled their three still-recent World Series titles in one significant aspect: Both required widespread contributions.

As catcher Buster Posey said grimly after one defeat this summer, "It's a team effort."

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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.

Shaw, Suarez named Prospects of the Year

Shaw, Suarez named Prospects of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO -- Outfielder/first baseman Chris Shaw and left-hander Andrew Suarez, named the Giants' Prospects of the Year, have timing on their side.

Several of the Giants' top farmhands made their Major League debuts this year, including infielder Christian Arroyo, infielder-outfielder Ryder Jones, outfielder Austin Slater and right-hander Kyle Crick.

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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 want to add power, not sacrifice defense

Giants want to add power, not sacrifice defense

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants will enter the offseason believing that bolstering one of their most traditional strengths may pave a smoother road back than addressing their most glaring shortcoming.

Conventional wisdom dictates that the National League West's last-place club, which ranked last in the Majors this season with 128 home runs, needs to add a power hitter to help it conform to baseball's new home run-hitting norm.

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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.

Evans: Giants' coaching staff will be evaluated

General manager discusses Cueto, outfield and more in press conference Tuesday

Evans: Giants' coaching staff will be evaluated

SAN FRANCISCO -- While it's possible the Giants adjust their trajectory by making changes to their coaching staff after an unsuccessful 2017 season, no definitive decisions have been made yet according general manager Bobby Evans, who spoke Tuesday at the club's end-of-season press conference.

"We're going through evaluations," Evans said. "We'll be making determinations in the near future."

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants' 2017 a season out of sync

Posey earns fifth All-Star nod amid SF's myriad struggles

Giants' 2017 a season out of sync

SAN FRANCISCO -- Of all the unflattering statistics that can be associated with this year's last-place Giants, the most telling set of numbers might be these: 42-38.

That was their record when they scored first. Not bad, right? After all, it's above .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.

Posey among most popular jerseys

Posey among most popular jerseys

Aaron Judge has the highest number in all of Major League Baseball, and this time we are talking about total sales of his No. 99 Yankees jersey.

MLB and the MLB Players Association jointly announced the latest Most Popular Jerseys rankings on Tuesday, and the rookie slugger topped the list to add another distinction to an historic first full year. The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com since Opening Day.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Panda walks off as SF wraps '17 on high note

Panda walks off as SF wraps '17 on high note

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval's journey back to the Giants' organization wasn't easy by any stretch. But the third baseman sent the 2017 season off in dramatic fashion on Sunday, launching a walk-off home run to lift the Giants to a victory in the season finale over the Padres, 5-4.

"It brought back good memories when he hit that ball, I'm not going to lie," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the Giants on Sunday.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Cueto wants to 'finish career' in San Francisco

Following final start of '17, right hander praises Giants fans, front office

Cueto wants to 'finish career' in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Johnny Cueto decided to mix a little pleasure while discussing business on Sunday.

After pitching five innings in the Giants' season-ending 5-4 victory over the Padres, Cueto was asked the inevitable question about the opt-out clause in his six-year, $130 million contract: Will he remain with the Giants, who have guaranteed him $21 million in each of the next four years, or plunge again into free agency to find greater riches or a more attractive baseball home?

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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.

Career well done: Cain outstanding in last start

Right-hander pitches five scoreless innings, leaves to standing ovations

Career well done: Cain outstanding in last start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Even in his last game, right up until his final pitch, Matt Cain continued to assert his presence and define himself as a pitcher.

He gave absolutely everything he had during the Giants' 3-2 loss to the Padres on Saturday, which was what the ballclub and its fans grew accustomed to during his matchless 13-year tenure with San Francisco.

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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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Jonathan Mayo

2018 MLB Draft order: Giants to pick No. 2

Giants, Phillies, White Sox and Reds follow Detroit in top five

2018 MLB Draft order: Giants to pick No. 2

Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

It came down to the final day of the season and both teams finished tied with 64-98 records. By virtue of the Tigers' .534 winning percentage in 2016 (the Giants finished that season at .537), they get the first pick. Detroit has had the No. 1 pick just once before, taking Matt Anderson in 1997.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants' 'pen falters after Cain goes 5 scoreless

Giants' 'pen falters after Cain goes 5 scoreless

SAN FRANCISCO -- Down to their final strike Saturday, the Padres came through to break a five-game losing streak and put a damper on the festivities for Giants starter Matt Cain, who pitched five scoreless in his final start. Austin Hedges roped a two-out RBI double over the head of Giants right fielder Hunter Pence to plate two runs and powered San Diego to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Giants.

San Diego's rally began when Christian Villanueva chopped an infield single to short. Brandon Crawford rushed his throw and sailed it up the first-base line, allowing Villanueva to reach second, and pinch-runner Matt Szczur would go to third on Cory Spangenberg's bloop single. That set the stage for Hedges' go-ahead double off Giants closer Sam Dyson.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Giants on Saturday.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Baseball world pays respect to Cain

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Baseball world pays respect to Cain

After 13 seasons, three All-Star appearances and two World Series rings, Matt Cain decided to say farewell to baseball. The 32-year-old recently announced he would be retiring from the game at the end of the season. He made his final career start Saturday when the Giants hosted the Padres, finishing five scoreless innings on two hits and four strikeouts.

Goodbyes are never easy, but fans, former teammates and the baseball community everywhere made it well known on social media that he will be missed.

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Giants cruise to back stellar Stratton

Giants cruise to back stellar Stratton

SAN FRANCISCO -- A day before the Giants were set to say goodbye to veteran Matt Cain, Chris Stratton once again showed he's a worthy candidate to fill Cain's spot in next year's rotation.The rookie right-hander turned in 6 2/3 strong innings to power the Giants to an 8-0 triumph over the Padres on Friday.

"He's made a really big statement, I think, if you look at his body of work," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Just watching him pound the strike zone. … He finished up on a great note tonight."

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hundley wins Giants' Willie Mac Award

Hundley wins Giants' Willie Mac Award

SAN FRANCISCO -- Don't look at Nick Hundley's statistics to determine his value to the Giants. Consider his character.

Hundley shows up for work each day ready to work. A 97-loss season that the Giants frown upon hasn't wiped the smile from the backup catcher's face. His zeal was rewarded before Friday's 8-0 victory over the Padres when he received the Willie Mac Award -- the Giants' highest individual honor, which is tantamount to being named the team's most inspirational player.

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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.

Slater has surgery for core muscle injury

Slater has surgery for core muscle injury

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie Austin Slater, who put together impressive at-bats in limited playing time, recently underwent a core muscle surgery in Philadelphia, Giants manager Bruce Bochy revealed Friday.

Slater will return to the Bay Area on Saturday.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

World Series MVP Award renamed for Mays

World Series MVP Award renamed for Mays

The World Series Most Valuable Player Award will now be tied to one of the all-time greats of the game: Willie Mays. Major League Baseball announced Friday that the award has been renamed the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player in honor of the Hall of Famer. It will continue to be presented by the award's longtime sponsor, Chevrolet.

Friday is the 63rd anniversary of Mays making the most famous catch in baseball history -- his legendary over-the-head basket catch deep in center field at the Polo Grounds in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain retiring after 13 seasons with Giants

Right-hander will make final start Saturday vs. Padres

Cain retiring after 13 seasons with Giants

PHOENIX -- The jarring sight of Matt Cain wearing a Major League uniform other than one representing the San Francisco Giants will never materialize.

Prompted by a variety of factors -- the expiration of his contract, injury-eroded skills and a young family -- Cain announced before Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the D-backs that he will retire at the end of the season, officially ending a career distinguished by accomplishment and length.

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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.

Shark solid in final start, but Giants falter late

Shark solid in final start, but Giants falter late

PHOENIX -- David Peralta's walk scored Daniel Descalso with the game-winning run as the postseason-bound D-backs walked off the Giants, 4-3, on Wednesday afternoon in their regular-season home finale.

Peralta's walk capped a three-run Arizona rally off Giants closer Sam Dyson.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the D-backs on Wednesday.

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.

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Jim Callis

Ramos, Gonzalez turning heads at instructs

Top 2017 Draft picks lead crop putting in work in Scottsdale

Ramos, Gonzalez turning heads at instructs

Heliot Ramos' professional career has only just begun. Yet the 19th overall pick in the 2017 Draft already has established that he has the highest ceiling among Giants prospects.

Ramos, ranked No. 4 on the Giants' Top 30 Prospects list, has a chance to have solid or better tools across the board, and few players in this year's Draft could match his combination of raw power and speed. After signing for $3,101,700, he made a seamless transition from Puerto Rican high school ball to the pros, leading the Rookie-level Arizona League in slugging (.645) while ranking second in batting (.348) and OPS (1.049). The lone negative came when Ramos sustained a season-ending concussion when hit in the head by a pitch on Aug. 20.

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Barry M. Bloom

Cain leaving behind legacy, and a team in flux

Cain leaving behind legacy, and a team in flux

PHOENIX -- Matt Cain's pending retirement puts an exclamation point on the end of this Giants era.

Cain's 13-year career began in 2005. He's the only player left who was there when Barry Bonds passed Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron on the all-time home run list. Cain teamed in the rotation with Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner to win the World Series three times. He threw to MVP catcher Buster Posey.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Federowicz shows no rust coming off bench

Federowicz shows no rust coming off bench

PHOENIX -- Tim Federowicz explained that catching helps his hitting. Unfortunately for him, he hasn't done much of either activity recently.

Yet it wasn't completely surprising to see Federowicz belt a two-run homer in his first at-bat after entering the Giants' 11-4 loss to the D-backs in the bottom of the fourth.

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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.

Moore hit hard in short night vs. D-backs

Moore hit hard in short night vs. D-backs

PHOENIX -- J.D. Martinez continued his red-hot performance in the month of September with a 3-for-4, six-RBI performance Tuesday, carrying the D-backs to an 11-4 win over the Giants at Chase Field.

Martinez roped a two-RBI double in the first inning to give the D-backs a 2-0 lead and then blasted a grand slam in the second to bust the game wide open. Martinez has 15 home runs in the month of September and is one homer shy of tying Ralph Kiner's National League record for most long balls in the month of September

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

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.

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