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Decker to manage SJ & other minor-league stuff

The Little Giants have announced their 2008 staff. As anticipated, Steve Decker replaces Sakata as manager, after 3 years managing Salem Keizer. New pitching coach is Pat Rice, who has been Seattle's minor league pitching coordinator the last 8 years. Gary Davenport returns as hitting coach after 2 years with Connecticut.

http://www.sjgiants.com/ArDisplay.aspx?ID=1101&SecID=27

BA latest transactions page has the Giants signing Japanese RHP Keiichi Yabu to a minor league contract. He'll turn 40 this year, so nothing dramatic about this. Yabu pitched in 40 games for the A's in 2005 (anyone see him then?). In 2006 the Rockies released him in ST and he pitched in Mexico. I don't know about 2007.

Also the Giants re-signed Justin Leone to a minor league contract. Just a few years ago he was a pretty highly-rated 3b prospect with Seattle, last year he played all over the IF and OF at Fresno.

Finally, Andy Baggarly writes in today's Merc that the Giants have been talking to Scott Boras about Dallas McPherson. All right! Seeing as how he had back surgery in January and only started his comeback in instructional league in September, its hard to imagine McPherson playing in the majors this year, but signing him and letting him work his way back in Fresno would be a great move. Here's an article on him, before the non-tender:

http://futureangels.mlblogs.com/futureangels/2007/12/the_return_of_d.html

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