Giants’ Farhan Zaidi On Gausman, Offseason, Belt, Accidents
By Mark Polishuk | November 21, 2020 at 12:01pm CDTGiants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi mentioned a number of subjects with reporters (together with the San Francisco Chronicle’s John Shea and NBC Sports activities Bay Space’s Alex Pavlovic) earlier this week. Some notable highlights…
Kevin Gausman returned to San Francisco after accepting the one-year, $18.9MM qualifying provide, although the 2 sides additionally had some negotiations a couple of multi-year contract. Nevertheless, Zaidi mentioned these talks are “on the again burner proper now” whereas the Giants discover different offseason enterprise. “We’ve clearly obtained different issues that we’re seeking to accomplish….I might see that being one thing we revisit, however I don’t suppose something there’s imminent,” Zaidi mentioned.
When it comes to what else the Giants are engaged on, pitching continues to be a spotlight. In line with Zaidi, “we’re in a greater place to position the cube on further pitching strikes now that we now have Gausman within the fold, bringing us veteran certainty to the entrance of our rotation.” Place participant additions aren’t as a lot of a precedence given how properly the Giants lineup carried out in 2020, although within the wake of that success and the extra hitter-friendly renovations made to Oracle Park, Zaidi mentioned that free agent batters and their representatives have proven extra curiosity in coming to San Francisco.
Whereas Zaidi’s first two years working the Giants’ entrance workplace have been outlined by his many acquisitions of somewhat unheralded or under-the-radar gamers, the group is seeking to broaden that scope this winter. As Zaidi mentioned with some humor, “it’s not a prerequisite to be injured or come off a down yr for us to signal any individual….I wouldn’t restrict our alternatives to only bounce-back guys.”
There isn’t any new info on Brandon Belt’s restoration from heel surgical procedure, as Zaidi “it’s just a little too early to inform proper now” if Belt can be prepared by the point Spring Coaching camp opens. “All the pieces we’re listening to is constructive, however I don’t suppose that we now have a agency timetable or goal date but,” Zaidi mentioned. As Pavlovic famous, Belt’s heel issues triggered him to overlook most of Summer season Camp but it surely didn’t damage him in the course of the season, as Belt hit an impressive .309/.425/.591 over 179 plate appearances.
In different damage updates, Zaidi mentioned star prospect Heliot Ramos (indirect) and outfielder Austin Slater (proper flexor pressure) are each anticipated to be wholesome for the beginning of Spring Coaching. Outfield prospect Alexander Canario, nevertheless, will miss the beginning of the minor league season as he recovers from latest shoulder surgical procedure.
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