Hello and happy Sunday.
Over the weekend, the San Francisco Giants agreed to a deal with right-handed reliever Reyes Moronta. That left just one of the Giants tendered players without a contract: second baseman Donovan Solano. And it appears that the Giants and Solano will head to arbitration, as they filed at prices roughly $650,000 apart, and were unable to find a spot to compromise on, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
Donovan Solano filed for $3.9 million, while the Giants countered at $3.25 million. Midpoint: $3.575 million.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 16, 2021
Of all the players the Giants tendered, Solano seemed the most likely to head to arbitration, given that he was sensational in 2020, but prior to 2019 — his age 31 season — he had basically no history of being a good MLB player. We’ll see what happens.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
An important question about Giants nesting dolls (Aug. 22, 2013 — Grant Brisbee)
- Roger Munter on what the current international signing class tells us about the Giants tendencies (There R Giants)
- Dan Szymborski on how the Giants have quietly rebuilt their rotation (Fangraphs)
- Kerry Crowley on why signing Alex Wood was an obvious move that leads to obvious questions (Mercury News)
- Brittany Ghiroli and Melissa Lockard on the winners from the first day of the international signing period (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Alex Pavlovic on the Giants best international signing being shortstop Diego Velasquez (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Kerry Crowley on the Giants international signing class (Mercury News)
- Alex Pavlovic on Luis Matos and Kyle Harrison ranking highly in Baseball America’s newest rankings (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Andrew Baggarly on Charles Johnson responding to criticisms of his political donations (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Jessica Kleinschmidt on why Mauricio Dubón prefers centerfield (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Jim Bowden hands out offseason grades (The Athletic, subscription required)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are 74 days until Opening Day.
Have a swell Sunday.