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The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick, a lifelong Giants fan and former RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score contributor, breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. It's a new era of Giants baseball under Farhan Zaidi and Gabe Kapler, and the Locked On Giants podcast is a vital resource for every SF Giants fan who wants to be part of the journey. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.

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Inbox: Will SF Giants really be a top home run-hitting team in 2023?

Are the San Francisco Giants really going to be a top home-run-hitting team in 2023? Farhan Zaidi recently said as much, but does his prediction figure to come true? The SF Giants set a franchise record for home runs in 2021, and despite some narrative to the contrary, they weren't a bad power-hitting team in 2022. Their additions of Michael Conforto and Mitch Haniger figure to add many more home runs to the mix, so it's not at all hard to envision the 2023 Giants being a top power-hitting team. Going into Year Five of the Farhan Zaidi era, is it playoffs or bust? Will Zaidi be around for a sixth season if the Giants have another disappointing season in 2023? He probably won't be fired, especially if other things go right, but certainly the rope starts to get a lot shorter. If the Giants have a poor 2023 season and follow it up with one to three more disappointing seasons afterwards, Zaidi might not stick around. But the Giants value continuity, and Zaidi showed in 2021 what he's capable of. Developing young talent will be the most important thing moving forward. What will it take to get Shohei Ohtani next offseason? Reports are that Ohtnai still prefers the West coast, which puts the Giants in a good starting position. Aaron Judge seemingly set the market for superstar players this offseason when he collected $40 million per year over nine years from the Yankees. It's not hard to imagine Ohtani also getting $40 million per year, but he will be a couple of years younger than Judge was at the time of his free agency. In that case, something like 11 years at $40M per year seems possible (that would come out to $440 million in total). Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. FanDuel Make Every Moment More. Place your first FIVE DOLLAR bet to get ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS in Free Bets – win or lose! Visit Fanduel.com/LockedOn today to get started FANDUEL DISCLAIMER: 21+ in select states. First online real money wager only. Bonus issued as nonwithdrawable free bets that expires in 14 days. Restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.fanduel.com. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit FanDuel.com/RG (CO, IA, MD, MI, NJ, PA, IL, VA, WV), 1-800-NEXT-STEP or text NEXTSTEP to 53342 (AZ), 1-888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (WY, KS) or visit ksgamblinghelp.com (KS), 1-877-770-STOP (LA), 1-877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) (NY), TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

33m
Feb 03
Is the SF Giants' pitching staff underrated?

For the second straight offseason, the San Francisco Giants lost an ace-caliber pitcher in free agency. Despite losing Kevin Gausman after the 2021 campaign, the Giants' rotation was a strength again in 2022. And despite losing Carlos Rodón this year, the SF Giants' rotation once again looks like it's up to the task in 2023. This time, the Giants took a different approach. They stockpiled an extremely group of capable starters, and their upside play is waiting in the wings in Triple-A. The Giants' 2023 ZiPS projections for pitchers are explored. Logan Webb comes in with another excellent projection, followed by strong projections for their remaining deep group of starters. Alex Cobb looks like a legit No. 2 starter if his defense can do a better job behind him, and Alex Wood, Anthony DeSclafani, Ross Stripling, and Sean Manaea all have relatively high floors and somewhat high ceilings. In the bullpen, Taylor Rogers has a strong projection, as do rookies such as R.J. Dabovich and Cole Waites. The real wild card is Kyle Harrison, who has been ranked as high as the 12th overall prospect on Top 100 lists that have come out in recent days and weeks. Harrison figures to start the season in Triple-A, and could be a major factor at the big league level in 2023. The Giants' staff looks deep enough to perhaps carry them to the postseason, and if they get there, it's hard not to dream on the potential of Webb and Harrison in a postseason series, along with Alex Cobb and any of the other intriguing starters the Giants have stockpiled for 2023. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. FanDuel Make Every Moment More. Place your first FIVE DOLLAR bet to get ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS in Free Bets – win or lose! Visit Fanduel.com/LockedOn today to get started FANDUEL DISCLAIMER: 21+ in select states. First online real money wager only. Bonus issued as nonwithdrawable free bets that expires in 14 days. Restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.fanduel.com. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit FanDuel.com/RG (CO, IA, MD, MI, NJ, PA, IL, VA, WV), 1-800-NEXT-STEP or text NEXTSTEP to 53342 (AZ), 1-888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (WY, KS) or visit ksgamblinghelp.com (KS), 1-877-770-STOP (LA), 1-877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) (NY), TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31m
Feb 01
SF Giants address biggest need, sign catcher Roberto Pérez (report)

Despite all of the loud talk about the San Francisco Giants needing superstar talent, there's something they arguably needed even more as Spring Training looms. The Giants needed another catcher, and they reportedly signed one over the weekend. Roberto Pérez is not exactly a big name, but he is as solid as they come defensively. Known for arm, framing, pop times, and leadership, Pérez is a low-key big addition for the SF Giants. With all due respect to Joey Bart, Blake Sabol, and Austin Wynns, that's a group with a lot of uncertainty. Bart should still get every opportunity to prove himself, but it'll be nice to have a backup with the defensive prowess of Roberto Pérez. It's not clear whether this is a major-league or minor-league signing. In other news, Kyle Harrison and Marco Luciano continue to rank very highly on prospect ranking publications. MLB Pipeline had both in the top 20 or so, and The Athletic's Keith Law actually had Harrison at No. 12, and considers him the second-best pitching prospect in baseball. What's most exciting is that Harrison is close to MLB-ready, and Luciano should finally reach that point by the end of the 2023 season, assuming he can stay healthy. Finally, the Giants' outfield defense is discussed. Defense was the San Francisco Giants' biggest issue in 2022, and if you look closely, it was the outfield defense that hurt them the most. Enter Michael Conforto and Mitch Haniger, who have both been above-average defensively in the outfield corners in their careers. Their presence removes Joc Pederson and LaMonte Wade Jr. from the outfield conversation, which is addition by subtraction. And Mike Yastrzemski has been a solid center fielder. So suddenly, the Giants may have improved from league-worst outfield defense to something that's more league average to above-average. In practice, that could mean an additional 40-50 runs prevented, which is a huge number. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. FanDuel Make Every Moment More. Place your first FIVE DOLLAR bet to get ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS in Free Bets – win or lose! Visit Fanduel.com/LockedOn today to get started FANDUEL DISCLAIMER: 21+ in select states. First online real money wager only. Bonus issued as nonwithdrawable free bets that expires in 14 days. Restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.fanduel.com. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit FanDuel.com/RG (CO, IA, MD, MI, NJ, PA, IL, VA, WV), 1-800-NEXT-STEP or text NEXTSTEP to 53342 (AZ), 1-888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (WY, KS) or visit ksgamblinghelp.com (KS), 1-877-770-STOP (LA), 1-877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) (NY), TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

24m
Jan 31
Did the SF Giants—now without Carlos Correa—do enough to improve this offseason? (with Locked On MLB)

At least the San Francisco Giants' offseason hasn't been boring. The Giants appeared to have signed Aaron Judge for seven minutes, and Carlos Correa for seven days, but when all was said and done they got neither. The last time Locked On Giants and Locked On MLB did a crossover, it was a celebration of sorts as the SF Giants were in agreement with Carlos Correa on a 13-year, $350 million deal. What followed was an absolute nightmare for Giants fans, however, as the SF Giants' deal with Correa fell apart over concerns about his right ankle. Now that the dust has settled, what is the big takeaway for the Giants and their fans? Clearly the team is willing to make a huge splash in free agency, so at least that (hopefully) bodes well for the future. Shoehi Ohtani is a free agent next offseason, and Juan Soto the year after that. The Giants figure to be major players for both superstars. Manny Machado should also be avilable next offseason as well. But what about the 2023 Giants? The San Francisco Giants were certainly active this winter, even without Correa's deal working out. They added a couple of quality outfielders in Mitch Haniger and Michael Conforto. They added a couple of solid starters in Ross Stripling and Sean Manaea. And they added a couple of strong bullpen arms in Taylor Rogers, Tyler's twin brother, and Luke Jackson, a big part of the Braves' 2021 World Series title. But is it enough? There's a lot of pressure on the Giants to win now, but they don't look like an obvious playoff team, which was their stated goal going into the offseason. A lot will ride on the Giants' performance in 2023, but after 107 wins in 2021 and 81 in 2022, it's tough to nail down what to expect from them in the fast-approaching upcoming season. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. FanDuel Make Every Moment More. Place your first FIVE DOLLAR bet to get ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS in Free Bets – win or lose! Visit Fanduel.com/LockedOn today to get started FANDUEL DISCLAIMER: 21+ in select states. First online real money wager only. Bonus issued as nonwithdrawable free bets that expires in 14 days. Restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.fanduel.com. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit FanDuel.com/RG (CO, IA, MD, MI, NJ, PA, IL, VA, WV), 1-800-NEXT-STEP or text NEXTSTEP to 53342 (AZ), 1-888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (WY, KS) or visit ksgamblinghelp.com (KS), 1-877-770-STOP (LA), 1-877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) (NY), TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

40m
Jan 27
SF Giants' 2023 ZiPS projections are better than you might think

After a long wait, the San Francisco Giants' 2023 ZiPS projections are finally here! And the computer actually likes the Giants more than you'd probably expect. The SF Giants' position player projections are discussed today, and while it's clear that the Giants are missing star talent at the top (not for lack of trying), they feature an unusually high volume of solid players. That depth is not meaningless, particularly paired with the Giants' strong pitching staff, as ZiPS creator Dan Szymborski views the Giants as an 85-90-win team. Mike Yastrzemski is projected to be the Giants' best position player, which is ironic given the (surprisingly) negative reaction that erupted on Twitter when the Giants and Yaz agreed to a one-year deal for 2023 back in November. Again, Yaz is not at all projected to be a star, but he leads the large pack projected to produce between roughly 1.5 and 2.5 WAR. Batting averages are discussed in detail; specifically, how it's simply bad practice to act as though a .240 AVG is dreadful in the modern game. On the contrary, that is now roughly league average, and expectations need to be adjusted. The San Francisco Giants also have some very interesting prospect projections. Most of those appear on the pitching side, but on the position player side, Vaun Brown comes in with very interesting age-based comps. His top three comps are Starling Marte, Ken Griffey Sr., and Ramon Laureano. Brown had a monster season between Low-A and High-A, but he was old for those leagues. However, that doesn't stop ZiPS from projecting Brown as a league-average major league hitter already, which supports the notion that he's certainly someone to watch as he likely begins 2023 in Double-A. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. FanDuel Make Every Moment More. Place your first FIVE DOLLAR bet to get ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS in Free Bets – win or lose! Visit Fanduel.com/LockedOn today to get started FANDUEL DISCLAIMER: 21+ in select states. First online real money wager only. Bonus issued as nonwithdrawable free bets that expires in 14 days. Restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.fanduel.com. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit FanDuel.com/RG (CO, IA, MD, MI, NJ, PA, IL, VA, WV), 1-800-NEXT-STEP or text NEXTSTEP to 53342 (AZ), 1-888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (WY, KS) or visit ksgamblinghelp.com (KS), 1-877-770-STOP (LA), 1-877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) (NY), TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

32m
Jan 25
SF Giants' Marco Luciano, Kyle Harrison ranked as Top-20 prospects by Baseball Prospectus

Much has been said about the demise of the San Francisco Giants' farm system. But in a lot of ways, the Giants are in a better spot now than they've been in quite some time. Kyle Harrison is one of the very best pitching prospects in baseball, and he could take the mound in San Francisco at some point early this season. Casey Schmitt reached Triple-A at the end of 2022 and he should also be an option if fellow youngster David Villar isn't able to produce in the majors (but there's promise for him as well). Marco Luciano had some health setbacks in 2022, but still ranks as one of the better prospects in baseball as he creeps closer to the major leagues. How much weight should we really put into rankings, though? Looking back through old Top-100 prospects lists, it's clear that several of the top prospects in baseball prove to be busts. It's also clear that many players who ultimately become very good major league players are never considered top prospects! Take Logan Webb or Camilo Doval as examples. Neither ever appeared on BP's Top-101 lists, but both have become excellent major league players for the SF Giants. There's been a lot of talk about the Giants getting "younger and more athletic". Much of that is going to come from within, and much of it could start in 2023. It's not at all hard to imagine a homegrown tandem at the top of the Giants' rotation with Webb and Harrison. David Villar or Casey Schmitt may have taken over third base for the Giants for good by the end of the year. In the bullpen, Camilo Doval projects as a top-tier closer. Cole Waites, R.J. Dabovich, Thomas Szapucki, and others could emerge as strong bullpen options. Joey Bart will continue to get opportunities behind the plate. While many are down on the Giants' farm system, it's actually in a pretty good spot heading into 2023. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. FanDuel Make Every Moment More. Place your first FIVE DOLLAR bet to get ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS in Free Bets – win or lose! Visit Fanduel.com/LockedOn today to get started FANDUEL DISCLAIMER: 21+ in select states. First online real money wager only. Bonus issued as nonwithdrawable free bets that expires in 14 days. Restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.fanduel.com. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit FanDuel.com/RG (CO, IA, MD, MI, NJ, PA, IL, VA, WV), 1-800-NEXT-STEP or text NEXTSTEP to 53342 (AZ), 1-888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (WY, KS) or visit ksgamblinghelp.com (KS), 1-877-770-STOP (LA), 1-877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) (NY), TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31m
Jan 24
SF Giants mailbag: Does Nick Madrigal make sense as a potential trade target?

One clear need the San Francisco Giants have as we approach Spring Training is better backup infield defense. The current group of projected starters could be okay, as Brandon Crawford has his track record, Thairo Estrada has youth and athleticism, LaMonte Wade Jr. has shown flashes of plus defensive ability at first, and David Villar was solid at third last year. But behind that group, the SF Giants are looking at below average defenders such as Wilmer Flores and J.D. Davis as their next-in-line infielders. Brett Wisely and Isan Diaz are also on the 40-man and projected to start the season in the minors. How is the position player mix looking for the Giants? Do they usually roll with 13 position players and 13 pitchers? Or is it not that balanced? They do often go with 13/13, and every spot on the Giants' position player side seems more or less accounted for. David Villar could be optioned, but they want to give him a real chance to seize a role. Blake Sabol currently projects as Joey Bart's backup. The outfield is deep with options after the SF Giants brought in Mitch Haniger and Michael Conforto. Who is a player or two who might be a surprise contributor in 2023? There are possible diamonds in the rough on this roster, but the best guess could be coming out of the bullpen. Cole Waites flashed impressive stuff in his brief MLB debut last year, and R.J. Dabovich should also get a look at some point. The Giants also have promising young lefty Thomas Szapucki projected to take up quite a few innings in 2023. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

30m
Jan 20
Inbox: Will SF Giants' Mike Yastrzemski have a bounceback season or continue to regress offensively?

Mike Yastrzemski has been all over the map since he first debuted for the San Francisco Giants in 2019. Through his first two (abbreviated) MLB seasons, Yaz looked like a budding star. Then, in 2021 and 2022, he became more of a league-average hitter for the SF Giants. Will he continue to regress offensively in 2023, or will Yaz have a bounceback season for the Giants? Another polarizing Giants player is Joey Bart, who's also had positive and negative moments in his SF Giants career. Bart was the Giants' No. 2 overall pick in 2018, and he was considered by some to be a Top 10 prospect in baseball very recently. However, he has mostly struggled in his MLB career. What does Bart need to do to gain confidence and truly establish himself as a No. 1 catching option? Strikeouts have been a major problem, so that's a good place to start. He also must gain confidence defensively, and become a true leader of the pitching staff. What do the San Francisco Giants plan to do with their deep rotation? They've got seven solid starters, in Logan Webb, Alex Cobb, Sean Manaea, Ross Stripling, Alex Wood, Anthony DeSclafani, and Jakob Junis. They've also got a young stud in Kyle Harrison who's close to MLB ready. The SF Giants may decide to piggyback some starters, such as Alex Wood (who struggled mightily the third time through batting orders in 2022) and DeSclafani, who's coming off season-ending ankle surgery. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

28m
Jan 19
SF Giants' Kyle Harrison is baseball's best LHP prospect, per MLB Pipeline

The San Francsico Giants' Kyle Harrison is the game's best left-handed pitching prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. Drafted 85th overall in 2020 and signed to an overslot deal, Harrison has impressed from the beginning, but took huge leaps forward in 2022. Harrison led the Minors in strikeout rate and made 18 regular season starts in Double-A in what was his age-20 season. Now, Harrison has a chance to make a real impact in the majors for the SF Giants relatively early in 2023. The demise of the Giants' farm system has seemingly been overblown with the likes of Harrison, Marco Luciano, Casey Schmitt, and others headlining the org's collection of young talent. Carlos Correa's agent Scott Boras went into some more details about the Correa saga and specifically about the Giants and Mets. Boras essentially gave the Giants a pass, stating that a doctor had given them an opinion on the ankle that was unanticipated. However, Boras faults the Mets for knowing about the Giants' concerns but negotiating a 12-year, $315M deal anyway. And then the Mets ended up balking themselves and offering half of their original deal. Boras also stated that the San Francsico Giants had heavy interest in Brandon Nimmo, who eventually re-signed with the Mets. The SF Giants were active in the international market as the new signing period recently opened. The Giants signed 23 players in total on the first day they could, including Rayner Arias, who was ranked as the 15th-best international prospect by MLB Pipeline. Arias, who's 16 years old, draws some comparisons to White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

29m
Jan 17
For SF Giants, Brandon Belt's departure clears a path for David Villar

For the San Francisco Giants, Brandon Belt is certainly a Forever Giant. Be that as it may, it was still important for the SF Giants to follow through on their self-proclaimed goal of getting "younger and more athletic." Part of that can involve making tough decisions, and the Giants have done that by letting Belt and Evan Longoria walk. It was apparent in 2022 that Belt and Longoria, while important members of the Giants for many years and leaders in the clubhouse, were trending in a downward. Both players are in their mid-30s, and the Giants probably made the right call by moving on from these two popular veterans. In a roundabout way, Villar stands to benefit the most by Belt's departure. The reason is because it opens up first base for some combination of LaMonte Wade Jr., J.D. Davis, and Wilmer Flores. If Belt had returned to occupy first base, Davis and Flores would've profiled more at third base. Which would've pushed Villar, who has minor league options, to the minor leagues most likely. With third base instead wide open, Villar should be given a chance to play nearly every day for the Giants. Villar had a monster season in Triple-A, and had a huge September in the majors. If things don't work out, Davis and Flores are solid fallback options (though not great defenders at the hot corner) and Casey Schmitt is one of the Giants' best position player prospects and he made it to Triple-A last season. Changing gears, today is the deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration figures. So far, the Giants have avoided arbitration with all but one of their arbitration-eligible players. Logan Webb is the only remaining arb-eligible Giants player who hasn't reached a salary agreement for 2023. If Webb and the Giants fail to settle by today's deadline, they'll be ticketed for an arbitration hearing, which is best avoided if possible. There's a chance the two parties settle on a one-year agreement, and there's also a chance they reach an agreement on an extension. Stay tuned for the outcome later on today. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

32m
Jan 13
Carlos Correa agrees to 6-year deal with Twins; Should SF Giants have made this same offer?

The Carlos Correa saga looks like it's finally coming to an end, and as expected, the San Francisco Giants will not land the star shortstop. Correa has reportedly agreed to a six-year, $200 million guarantee with the Minnesota Twins, with another four year and $70 million available via vesting options based on plate appearances. All of this begs the question: Should the SF Giants have made this same offer to Correa? The Giants originally agreed to terms with Correa on a 13-year, $350 million deal about a month ago. The Giants backed out of the deal because of an issue that came up during his physical, and the Mets had the same concerns after they came to terms on a 12-year, $315 million deal. When all is said and done, Correa may end up losing out on $150 million because of these medical issues. Perhaps the SF Giants simply saw too much risk with Correa's health to justify signing him for even 6/$200 million. But it is surprising that the smaller-market Twins were able to be the most aggressive and take on the most risk when compared to the Giants and Mets. Unfortunately, we just don't know enough details to have a fully formed opinion. Hopefully the Giants and their reporters are able to share more information in the coming days and weeks, particularly once Correa's deal with Minnesota is finalized, as is expected. It's also possible that the Giants' payroll simply wouldn't accommodate another $30+ million player. That would push them into the luxury tax, which might be something Farhan Zaidi has been told he isn't allowed to do. Once the Giants' deal with Correa fell apart, they quickly pivoted to other options that pushed them up to the same level they were at with Correa in the fold. Switching gears, Brandon Belt signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. Belt had been a key member of the Giants' organization for more than a decade, and he will be missed. Belt was consistently a strong and underrated performer for the Giants, and he was their starting first baseman for a long time. He was an on-base machine who provided excellent defense, but he was injury prone and streaky, leading in part to the famous Belt Wars. We at Locked On Giants wish nothing but the best to Belt as he begins a new chapter in Toronto, and thank him deeply for his tremendous service to the team, both on and off the field. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

29m
Jan 10
SF Giants bolster bullpen, sign Luke Jackson to two-year deal

Another solid yet unspectacular signing for the San Francisco Giants. They've committed nearly $200 million this offseason, but have spread it around to seven players. The Giants announced today that they've signed right-handed reliever Luke Jackson to a two-year, $11.5M deal that includes a $2M buyout on a $7M club option for a third year. Jackson missed all of 2022 following Tommy John surgery, but figures to be back in the majors sometimes in the first few months of the 2023 season. Jackson had some ups and downs over his last three seasons in the majors, but overall was about 15-20 percent better than average during that span, with an above-average strikeout rate and well-above average ground ball rate. In Luke Jackson, the SF Giants are getting someone whose best pitch is a slider that he throws more than half the time. Jackson is similar to Camilo Doval in that way. The Giants' pitching staff overall figures to be one of the best in the majors at preventing homers and inducing ground balls. Now, the SF Giants must improve their infield defense. Infield defense was a major problem for the Giants in 2022, and so far they have yet to address it this offseason. They've signed some everyday-type outfielders in Mitch Haniger and Michael Confroto, which moves Joc Pederson out of the outfield, but in the infield the only major move was losing Evan Longoria, who was one of their better infield defenders. Nonetheless, once the Giants are able to improve their infield defense, the pitching staff begins to look formidable. The Giants' rotation is seven deep before accounting for top pitching prospect Kyle Harrison, and the extra arms from the rotation figure to slide into the 'pen. The Giants traded away Yunior Marte for LHP Erik Miller today, and so their 'pen projects as something like: Camilo Doval, Taylor Rogers, Brebbia, Tyler Rogers, Luke Jackson, Scott Alexander, and then starting candidates like Jakob Junis and Anthony DeSclafani. It's a solid group, and with good infield defense it could be one of the better pitching staffs in the NL. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

33m
Jan 09
Could SF Giants re-emerge as Carlos Correa suitors as Mets reportedly consider abandoning deal?

Is there still a chance the San Francisco Giants could sign Carlos Correa. SF Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said a week ago that Correa's camp appeared to be focused on a deal elsewhere, with the assumption being that the New York Mets were the overwhelmingly likely destination. However, according to reports from SNY, the Mets and Correa may not happen afterall. The Mets have reportedly become "very frustrated" with the negoatiations to the point of perhaps "abandoning the deal altogether." If that happens, do the Giants actually have a shot again? Do the Giants even want Carlos Correa at this point? All of these questions are still relevant, more than three weeks after the Giants cancelled Correa's introductory press conference. Turing the page, is there any chance Casey Schmitt is the SF Giants' Opening Day third baseman? And given the larger context of the San Francisco Giants' offseason, should they just let the young guys play this year? Schmitt and Kyle Harrison are close to MLB-ready, but that doesn't meant the Giants should just throw guys into the fire unless they're deemed ready for the major leagues. That's not how MLB prospect progression usually works. Are the 2023 SF Giants better on paper than the 2021 Giants? Maybe not, but it's certainly not too far off. We often act like we know what's going to happen in an upcoming season, when in reality we are pretty bad at predicting results. Who had the Giants winning even 90 games in 2021, let alone 107? Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

32m
Jan 06
Brian Sabean, architect behind SF Giants' championship era, departs for "better opportunity" with Yankees

Nothing lasts forever. Former San Francisco Giants General Manager Brian Sabean, who was the architect of the team's championship era, has left the organization for a "better opportunity" with the New York Yankees. Sabean became the SF Giants' GM in the late '90s, and held onto the role deep into the 2010s. He stepped aside for Bobby Evans in the middle of the 2010s, but Sabean still had a prominent role in the Giants' decision making. But after Evans was fired near the end of the 2018 season, Sabean moved into an advisory role. He said that he wasn't used as much as he expected, and the opportunity with New York was a better fit for him. He implied that he wasn't needed anymore within the Giants' organization, which is a bit upsetting to hear. Best of luck to Brian Sabean. Giants fans owe him a debt of gratitude for his service and crucial role in bringing in the most successful era in the history of the franchise. Turning the page, the Giants' DFA of Tommy La Stella is discussed. La Stella's first two years in San Francisco were quite poor, and it's no big surprised that he didn't survive the roster over the offseason. The Giants needed to clear a 40-man roster spot after signing Taylor Rogers. They'll still need to clear another when they officially announce their deal with outfielder Michael Conforto. La Stella is owed $11.5 million this season, but his deal was always a small one. More than the money, this move is significant because it frees up La Stella's spot on the active roster. Those at-bats and innings in the field (or at the DH spot) will now go to other players. Are we sleeping on J.D. Davis? He really hit with the SF Giants down the stretch, and he has a career .350 on-base percentage. When we're projecting out the Giants' roster, we often have LaMonte Wade Jr. at first base and David Villar at third, but doesn't Davis deserve to start somewhere? While there's no doubt Davis is a quality hitter, the question is whether he can provide any kind of positive (or even neutral) defensive value anywhere on the diamond. Davis, Wilmer Flores, and Villar all provide similar skill-sets. It's still entirely possible that one is moved prior to the start of the 2023 season. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

29m
Jan 04
Farhan Zaidi: "Pretty unlikely" SF Giants end up with Carlos Correa

The Carlos Correa saga continues, but it appears as though he won't be signing with the San Francisco Giants. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said late last week that the chances of a deal materializing between Correa and the SF Giants were "pretty unlikely." The Giants were mere hours away from introducing Correa a few weeks ago when they spotted something wrong during his physical. The process was supposed to be routine, but the SF Giants found something that was a serious problem. The same issue was found after the Mets had their physical with Correa a few days later and the deal is still pending. Without Correa, the Giants' offseason has been decisively disappointing, even though they've added several quality players. One area where they still need to add is in the infield. Specifically, they don't appear well-equipped defensively at several infield spots. They don't necessarily have any above-average defenders for third base. The Giants don't have a true backup to Brandon Crawford at shortstop. Someone like the Marlins' Joey Wendle, or the Padres' Ha-Seong Kim, would fit the San Francisco Giants perfectly. Those players are reportedly available in trade discussions. What are the Giants' options in the bullpen? They signed Taylor Rogers to a three-year deal, but they still have work to do. Andrew Chafin stands out as an intriguing option. There are a lot of free agent releivers out there, but it's more quantity over quality at this point. The Giants may have to turn to the trade market to pick up strong relievers if they don't sign Chafin. They've also been connected to Japanese pitcher Shintaro Fujinami, a Scott Boras client, who's another intriguing option for the 'pen. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

35m
Jan 03
Inbox: Did SF Giants get less leeway than Mets with Carlos Correa?

The San Francisco Giants have had a tumultuous offseason. On the one hand, there have been huge negative emotional swings for the fan base. Giants fans thought the team was getting Aaron Judge for seven minutes, and they thought the team was getting Carlos Correa for seven days. On the other hand, the SF Giants have had an otherwise solid offseason. As things stand right now, what's the latest with Carlos Correa? He is still technically unsigned after the Mets reportedly flagged the same physical issue that the Giants did early last week. Is Scott Boras giving the Mets more leeway to work something out than he did to the Giants? Or is that only how it appears? What are the odds of a Logan Webb extension this offseason? Webb is one of the better young starters in baseball, and it's time to start thinking about an extension. He has three more years of team control before he's set to reach free agency. There are reasons for both the team and the player to be motivated to get something done, so the odds are pretty solid that an extension is reached prior to the 2023 season. Speaking of young players, will the San Francisco Giants give extended looks to young players in 2023, or will they just jerk them around between the minors and the majors a few times like we saw with Heliot Ramos in 2022? What projects to be the strength of the 2023 SF Giants? While at this moment they don't necessarily have a standout strength, they do have strong depth, which was a hallmark of the 2021 team. Most of that depth is in the starting rotation, where they're about seven deep before accounting for young arms like Kyle Harrison. They also have some intriguing power in the middle of the lineup, with Michael Conforto and Mitch Haniger joining Joc Pederson in the projected heart of the order. Speaking of Kyle Harrison, who's a good comp for him? It might be unfair to mention him with such names, but he compares to power lefties with firm fastballs and sliders like Carlos Rodón and Chris Sale. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! NHTSA Drive sober or get pulled over. Click HERE to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

32m
Dec 30, 2022
SF Giants' offseason has been emotionally brutal—but objectively productive

Two things can be true at the same time. The San Francisco Giants' offseason has been absolutely brutal—from an emotional perspective. At the same time, the Giants have made several solid moves that add up to a reasonably productive offseason to date. The one thing they haven't landed yet is star talent, after Carlos Correa's 13-year megadeal fell through last week over legitimate medical concerns related to his right ankle. The SF Giants started things off by bringing back Joc Pederson on a one-year, $19.7 million qualifying offer. Pederson was the Giants' most dangerous bat in 2022, and bringing him back is certainly better than letting him walk. He was a problem on defense last year, however, which is why the San Francisco Giants' signings of Mitch Haniger and Michael Conforto are so notable. The Giants didn't have any outfielders depart in free agency, so Haniger and Conforto simply push some of last year's outfield contributors out of a lot of playing time. The two additions figure to be near-everyday players for the Giants in 2022, and they allow Pederson to shift to near-full-time DH duties against right-handed pitching. On the pitching side, the Giants once again let an ace walk. Carlos Rodón was dominant for the Giants in 2022, but now he plays for another team. The SF Giants instead signed Sean Manaea and Ross Stripling to identical two-year, $25 million deals with opt outs after the first year. The Giants' rotation doesn't figure to have as much upside, but it is deeper. It's a solid collection of arms that could once again make the rotation a strength. Kyle Harrison figures to factor into the MLB team next year as well, and he could provide that upside. The Giants also signed Tyler Rogers' twin brother, Taylor Rogers, to a three-year, $33 million deal. There's still work to do, but so far the Giants should have a passing grade this offseason. It's not their fault Correa's physical turned up something unexpected, and that only happened a week ago. They deserve more time to pivot to alternative options. Correa himself is still unsigned and could possibly end up back with the Giants on a restructured deal. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! NHTSA Drive sober or get pulled over. Click HERE to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

33m
Dec 28, 2022
SF Giants vindicated as Mets also balk at Carlos Correa's physical

Well, well, well. The San Francisco Giants have largely been vindicated after the Mets balked following Carlos Correa's physical. A week ago today, the Giants told Scott Boras that they wouldn't honor their 13-year, $350 million agreement with Carlos Correa after his physical raised an unexpected issue. Less than 12 hours later, Correa had agreed to a 12-year, $315 million deal with the Mets that was also pending a physical. Many expected the physical would be passed, but instead, it has been reported that the Mets flagged the same issue as the Giants: something wrong with Correa's lower right leg. Boras essentially gave the SF Giants one day post-physical to decide whether or not they would honor their original agreement. The deadline came and went, and the Giants said they would not. At that point, Boras began talking to other teams, and quickly found a willing buyer in the Mets. Boras was operating under the stated belief that Correa was fully healthy, and the Mets seemed to believe that. But their physical turning up the same issue clears the Giants and seems to paint Boras in a pretty poor light. Either Boras knew about the issue and lied about it, or he didn't know about the issue at all, which is a huge blunder for a such a high-profile client. The Giants' main mistake appears to be agreeing to have the physical one day before a scheduled press conference. But other than that, they seemingly acted in good faith and just ran into an unexpected medical concern. Now that the Mets have that same concern, Correa is likely back on the market. If the Mets won't honor their original agreement—and the fact that five days have passed post-physical suggests that they won't—all bets are off and other teams are in play. It's unclear whether the Giants are even interested with the knowledge of what's wrong with his leg, but if they are still interested, they could be very much still in play to sign Correa. His contract may end up looking quite a bit different that the original deals with the Giants and Mets. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! NHTSA Drive sober or get pulled over. Click HERE to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

32m
Dec 27, 2022
Aaron Judge, Messi, Rams, Bengals, Ovechkin, Coach K, Sue Bird and more of the best sports moments from 2022

Locked On Sports Today, hosted by Peter Bukowski takes a look at the biggest sports moments from 2022. From Aaron Judge's home run record, to championships for the Warriors, Rams, Astros, and Avalanche, to retirements of Coach K, Sue Bird, and Tom Brady retiring and un-retiring. 2022 was a big year in sports. In this year end special we look back on the biggest stories, the biggest games, and the superstars who called it a career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

34m
Dec 26, 2022
SF Giants to sign Michael Conforto, Taylor Rogers

San Francisco Giants have endured tremendous pain and suffering in recent days. They lost out on Carlos Correa at the very last minute after thinking the Giants were going to sign him for a week. Nothing will make that pain go away, at least not anytime soon, but the SF Giants proceeded with their offseason regardless, striking deals with outfielder Michael Conforto and reliever Taylor Rogers on Friday. Both deals are pending physicals. Conforto was quietly a very good player from 2017 to 2020, before a down 2021 and season-ending shoulder surgery in April 2022. He's a high on-base and power corner outfielder who has generally been a net positive defensively in the corners. He has some platoon splits, but is decent against lefties and a monster against righties. He's unlikely to fall into a strict platoon, if for no other reason than the fact that he probably wouldn't have signed here if he was told he'd be platooned. Also, tough day for those who said the Giants would never be able to sign another Scott Boras client after what happened with Correa. Taylor Rogers is Tyler's twin brother. They look almost identical, but they couldn't be more different on the diamond. Taylor is a lefty and Tyler is a righty. Taylor throws hard and strikes people out; Tyler is a soft-tosser who relies on weak contact. The contract is for three years and $33 million. Conforto's deal is for two years and $36 million, and it includes an opt-out after the first year. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! NHTSA Drive high, get a DUI. Click HERE to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

19m
Dec 23, 2022
Report: SF Giants interested in Michael Conforto

There will be no recovering from this brutal offseason for the San Francisco Giants. Their fans will have permanent scars from how things unfolded with Carlos Correa. And yet, the offseason marches on and soon enough it will be time for pitchers and catchers to report to Scottsdale. In that case, the SF Giants have a lot of work to do. Even when they thought they were signing Carlos Correa, the SF Giants needed to make several additions. One of the most intriguing options remaining on the market is reportedly someone the Giants are interested in: outfielder Michael Conforto. Conforto is not Carlos Correa, but from 2017 to 2020 he was really good and one of the most underrated players in the game. He made a lot of sense for the Giants last offseason, but it turned out he sustained a shoulder injury in January and had season-ending surgery in April. Now Conforto is reportedly healthy and seeking a two-year deal with an opt out. That's right up the Giants' alley, but they could have a hard time convincing a left-handed hitter to come to San Francisco to rebuild value. Conforto, like Carlos Correa, is a Scott Boras client. More details on the Correa situation have emerged, and they're heartbreaking for fans. Correa had his whole family in San Francisco for the press conference that was supposed to be at 11 AM on Tuesday. Three hours before the scheduled presser, Farhan Zaidi called Boras and said there was an issue with the physical and they needed more time. Boras and Zaidi agreed that they would have until 1 PM, at which time Correa would be released from his obligation to the Giants and re-enter the free-agent market if the Giants weren't prepared to execute the 13-year, $350 deal. As 1 PM came and passed, the Giants informed Boras that they were not ready to proceed. Boras then began talking to other teams again, and about 12 hours later, Correa agreed to a 12-year, $315M deal—pending a physical—with the New York Mets. The real losers in this situation are fans of the San Francisco Giants. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! NHTSA Drive high, get a DUI. Click HERE to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31m
Dec 22, 2022
Carlos Correa signs with Mets after deal with SF Giants falls apart over medical concerns

Disaster struck just before midnight. The San Francisco Giants' 13-year, $350 million deal with Carlos Correa had officially collapsed, as Jon Heyman (of all people) reported out of the blue that Correa had a deal with the New York Mets. The Giants were set to introduce Correa at a press conference yesterday at 11 AM, but they sent out an email to the press at 8:15 AM stating that "Today's Giants press conference has been postponed," with no explanation given. It was reported with very few details throughout the day that the reason for the postponement was an issue that the SF Giants had flagged with Correa's medicals during his physical in San Francisco on Monday. News of Correa's deal with the Mets—and his collapsed deal with the Giants—sent shock waves throughout the sport and crushed Giants fans. It's hard to imagine this offseason playing out any worse for the San Francisco Giants and their fans. They were supposed to land a superstar, and twice it appeared they had. Aaron Judge was reportedly headed to the Giants for about seven minutes. Carlos Correa was reportedly headed to the Giants for about seven days. Where on earth do the San Francisco Giants go from here? All of the top free agents have signed. They could make more mid-tier acquisitions, but the list of remaining names is not very attractive. The Giants could make trades, expect the problem with trades is that the cost is talent, as opposed to cold, hard cash. The Giants' failed deal with Correa will go down as one of the darkest days in SF Giants history. Only time will tell if the Giants' concerns over his medicals was warranted, and unfortunately we likely won't get too much detailed information anytime soon. One thing, however, is crystal clear: San Francisco Giants fans have been jerked around this offseason like no fanbase ever has. Giants fans deserve much, much better than this, and these wounds may never heal. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! NHTSA Drive high, get a DUI. Click HERE to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

35m
Dec 21, 2022
The SF Giants are having a giant offseason (with Locked On MLB)

Carlos Correa was obviously a huge add for the San Francsico Giants, but he alone wouldn't have been enough. Similarly, the Giants' depth moves—adding Mitch Haniger, Sean Manaea, and Ross Stripling and re-signing Joc Pederson—wouldn't have been enough, either. But all of the moves together add up to a major SF Giants offseason. There's still work to do, to be sure, but it's a pretty darn good start. All of the Giants' moves are discussed in detail. Mitch Haniger gives the Giants a solid everday outfielder with upside. When he's been healthy, Haniger has been out of the better outfielders in the league. He's a local kid who grew up a Giants fan, and he has a chance to be a nice player for the Giants for at least the next two seasons (Haniger can opt into a third season). Joc Pederson was the Giants' best hitter in 2022, so bringing him back is a clear win. The Giants might have "overpaid" a bit on the one-year contract, but the team doesn't seem to mind doing so on one-year deals. There's very little downside: if he performs poorly, the deal is over after one year. If he thrives, then he's worth the contract. In the starting rotation, things are a bit more interesting. The Giants just lost Carlos Rodón to the New York Yankees, but by signing Manaea and Stripling they have among the deepest rotations in the majors. Logan Webb, Alex Cobb, Alex Wood, Anthony DeSclafani, Stripling, Manaea, Junis, and Kyle Harrison waiting in the wings is about as deep as it gets. But they certainly lost some upside with the departure of Rodón. And obviously the big fish was Carlos Correa, whom Ben and Sully agree is a Hall of Fame-level player. Correa gives the Giants exactly what they need: a face of the franchise and star in his prime. He also adds a lot of fuel to the Giants-Dodgers rivalry, as Correa was part of the 2017 Astros team that cheated their way to a World Series title over Los Angeles. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! NHTSA Drive high, get a DUI. Click HERE to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

41m
Dec 19, 2022
On Carlos Correa to the SF Giants and more with Locked On D-backs

Carlos Correa to the San Francisco Giants alters the direction of the franchise. Correa is a superstar in his prime, and he makes the SF Giants better for years to come. How does his signing fit in with the offseason as a whole? It wasn't long ago that top free agents were unsigned into February or even March. But these last two offseasons—last year in large part because of the impending lockout—have seen much more activity by mid-December. With the Giants' signing of Correa, almost all of the top free agents had found teams just about a week after the Winter Meetings. It's a great development for the league, as no one really benefits from top players being unsigned for so long. Just how much better does Carlos Correa make the San Francisco Giants? Was he their true No. 2 target after Aaron Judge? He fits them perfectly, not just in 2023 but for many years to come. He's young, he's athletic, he plays a premium position, he hits, he hits for power, he's a leader. Carlos Correa is exactly what the SF Giants needed exactly when they needed it. Despite all that, the Giants are still likely going to project to finish in third place in the NL West. But before Correa signed with the Giants, it was a real question whether the D-backs might be in better shape going into 2023. Carlos Rodón was a true ace for the Giants in 2022. The question of whether he will be back in 2023 is discussed, as this podcast was recorded prior to Rodón signing with the Yankees. It always seemed unlikely that Rodón would be back, after what happened with Kevin Gausman last offseason. The SF Giants have made pitching additions, signing Sean Manaea and Ross Stripling to two-year deals with opt-outs. The Giants' rotation is quite deep, but doesn't have as much upside as it had in 2022. However, that could change if and when Giants top prospect Kyle Harrison is called up to the majors, which is expected to happen at some point in 2023, perhaps even early in the season. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! SimpliSafe With Fast Protect™️ Technology, exclusively from SimpliSafe, 24/7 monitoring agents capture evidence to accurately verify a threat for faster police response. There’s No Safe Like SimpliSafe. Visit SimpliSafe.com/LockedOnMLB to learn more. NHTSA Drive sober or get pulled over. Click HERE to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

41m
Dec 16, 2022
Why Carlos Correa is the right player at the right time for the SF Giants

Thirteen years is a long time. The San Francisco Giants locked up superstar Carlos Correa to a 13-year, $350 million deal late Tuesday--what should Giants fans expect throughout the course of the contract? For starters, Correa is just 28 years old. He should reasonably be expected to have 3-4 more prime years. According to the ZiPS projection system, Correa will produce 5+ WAR in each of the next three seasons; 4+ WAR in each of the next five seasons; and 3+ WAR in each of the next seven seasons. Thairo Estrada led all SF Giants position players with 2.7 fWAR in 2022, which is what Correa is projected to produce in year eight of this deal. Even in year 10, Correa is projected to produce like an average everyday player. What about Carlos Correa's platoon splits? What about his power translating to Oracle Park? While Correa is certainly better against lefties than he is against righties, he is absolutely not a platoon player (which should be obvious; you're not giving $350 million to a platoon player). He has a career 140 wRC+ vs. LHP and a 125 wRC+ vs. RHP. Both are excellent. Combine that with elite defense at a premium position, and it's what makes Correa the Giants' latest superstar. Correa hits the ball all over the field. He will certainly lose some home runs to right field at Oracle Park, but he should gain some to center field, where he hits the ball a lot. According to Statcast, Correa would've lost only four home runs over the last three seasons combined if all of his balls in play occurred at Oracle Park. Not a huge deal. "Mad Dog" Chris Russo of MLB Network, however, hates the signing. With all due respect, he has no idea what he's talking about. In one breath Russo praises Correa as a superstar. In the next, he says this will go down as the worst contract in Giants franchise history. How does that make any sense? Russo seems to be relying too much on old ways of evaluating offense: with batting average, home runs, and RBI. He's also seemingly unaware that the league average batting average has plummeted, and Correa's career AVG of .279 is way, way above the MLB average. Also, as teams certainly know by now, metrics like wRC+ and even OPS+ are better at evaluating hitters. Carlos Correa himself knows this and is fluent in the analytics of today's game. Just another reason he will be such a great resource for the San Francisco Giants for many, many years to come. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! SimpliSafe With Fast Protect™️ Technology, exclusively from SimpliSafe, 24/7 monitoring agents capture evidence to accurately verify a threat for faster police response. There’s No Safe Like SimpliSafe. Visit SimpliSafe.com/LockedOnMLB to learn more. NHTSA Drive sober or get pulled over. Click HERE to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

33m
Dec 15, 2022
SF Giants sign superstar Carlos Correa to 13-year, $350M deal

Is this real life? Less than a week after they were spurned by Aaron Judge, the San Francisco Giants made a major strike, signing superstar shortstop Carlos Correa to a 13-year, $350 million contract. Correa, who's just 28 years old, is the Giants' biggest free-agent acquisition since Barry Bonds, and he instantly becomes the face of the franchise. Correa is young, he's athletic, he hits, he hits for power, he makes a lot of contact, and he is a leader. He was beloved in Houston and Minnesota. Once place where Carlos Correa is hated is in Los Angeles, so the Giants signing Correa does nothing but add fuel to the SF Giants-Dodgers rivalry. What exactly are the San Francisco Giants getting in Correa? They are getting many prime years, first and foremost. At just 28 years old, Correa was one of the younger free agents in this class. He joins an offense that was devoid of star talent following the retirement of Buster Posey. He had a down year defensively at shortstop, but prior to 2022 he was known as being one of the very best defenders in the game. With Correa in the fold for the Giants, the team is expected to move Brandon Crawford to third base as he enters the final year of his contract. Where do the Giants go from here? They've stockpiled impressive depth in the starting rotation, but Carlos Rodón is still in play and could be an option. They're still seeking an outfielder, although the free-agent outfield market has thinned out. They may be looking to upgrade at the catcher position. And they need bullpen help. But any way you slice it, Carlos Correa makes the Giants a lot better right now and for years to come. Just don't worry about years 9-13 right now. There's a long time to come before anyone should worry about this deal. The Giants signed a superstar in his prime. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! SimpliSafe With Fast Protect™️ Technology, exclusively from SimpliSafe, 24/7 monitoring agents capture evidence to accurately verify a threat for faster police response. There’s No Safe Like SimpliSafe. Visit SimpliSafe.com/LockedOnMLB to learn more. NHTSA Drive sober or get pulled over. Click HERE to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

28m
Dec 14, 2022
SF Giants sign Ross Stripling as deep rotation takes shape—but is there enough upside?

In the span of about 24 hours, the San Francisco Giants have added two solid veteran pitchers to their starting rotation. Neither Ross Stripling nor Sean Manaea, the Giants' two recent signees, have the kind of upside of a Carlos Rodón, the Giants suddenly appear to have a very deep mix of starters. Stripling and Manaea, both signed to identical two-year, $25 million contracts with opt outs after the first year, join Logan Webb, Alex Cobb, Alex Wood, Anthony DeSclafani, and Jakob Junis as rotation options. Kyle Harrison, the Giants' prized young lefty, also figures to factor into the mix early in the season and could replace the upside of a Carlos Rodón. Nevertheless, SF Giants fans continue to be restless. In a perfect world, they wanted Aaron Judge to join the Giants and Rodón to be brought back. Judge obviously re-signed with the Yankees, and a Rodón reunion appears unlikely, but the Giants have made several solid moves this offseason and it's far from over. If the San Francisco Giants were to sign Carlos Correa, for example, it would be hard to complain too much about their offseason. The Giants are also reportedly still in the mix for another outfielder and bullpen help. The Giants have also been known to be seeking catching upgrades. Will the SF Giants have to dip into the trade market? It's certainly possible, if they miss out on all of the top free-agent hitters. Free agency was always the most ideal way to add talent for the Giants, since it wouldn't involve parting with prospects. Marco Luciano could be someone the Giants dangle in trade conversations if they don't sign any impact hitters, but he should only be dealt for a true difference maker (such as Shohei Ohtani if he were available and amenable to an extension) or someone with many years of team control (such as Daulton Varsho, for example). Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! SimpliSafe With Fast Protect™️ Technology, exclusively from SimpliSafe, 24/7 monitoring agents capture evidence to accurately verify a threat for faster police response. There’s No Safe Like SimpliSafe. Visit SimpliSafe.com/LockedOnMLB to learn more. NHTSA Drive sober or get pulled over. Click HERE to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

32m
Dec 13, 2022
SF Giants sign LHP Sean Manaea (report); Are they done adding starters?

The San Francsico Giants have signed a corner outfielder with power and a lefty starter who recently pitched in the Bay Area. If you read that a week ago, you might've thought the Giants had landed Aaron Judge and re-signed Carlos Rodón. But in reality, the SF Giants have signed Mitch Haniger and Sean Manaea so far this offseason. While both signings are fine in a vacuum, Giants fans are growing more and more restless as the huge offseason they expected hasn't materialized. Judge returned to the Yankees on a nine-year, $360 million deal while Rodón remains unsigned. Does the signing of Manaea take the Giants out of the running for Rodón? Is it possible that he is their only significant addition to the starting rotation? Would signing Carlos Correa to the contract he is expected to command be such a good idea? Correa has a history of back issues and was involved in the 2017 cheating scandal. He also has never hit 30+ home runs in a season. All of that said, Correa has been healthy for three straight seasons, is only 28 years old so would come with roughly five more prime years, and is well liked in clubhouses despite the cheating scandal. As for him not hitting a ton of homers, that's not the best way to evaluate offensive impact. A metric such as wRC+ or OPS+ does a better job, and by those numbers, Correa is one of the best-hitting shortstops in baseball. He had a down year defensively in 2022 but has otherwise been great in his career. Defensive metrics are best taken in multiple-season samples. Should the SF Giants consider trading for Rafael Devers or Ramón Laureano? Do they even have the prospects to pull off a move for the type of player of Devers' caliber? Not sure where the notion that they don't have the pieces is coming from (probably Juan Soto), but they absolutely have the pieces for a one-year rental of a good player. Soto was an exception because of his combination of age, talent, and multiple years of team control. Those kinds of players are rarely traded, and that's why the return was so massive. Should the Giants be more aggressive in free agency? They absolutely should at this point, and their lack of aggressiveness cost them last offseason and could do so again this year. But it's only December 12th, and some top options remain. While fan angst is understandable, it's too early to judge the 2022 offseason. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! SimpliSafe With Fast Protect™️ Technology, exclusively from SimpliSafe, 24/7 monitoring agents capture evidence to accurately verify a threat for faster police response. There’s No Safe Like SimpliSafe. Visit SimpliSafe.com/LockedOnMLB to learn more. NHTSA Drive sober or get pulled over. Click HERE to learn more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

35m
Dec 12, 2022
Who's left for SF Giants as another potential target comes off the board?

Scratch Brandon Nimmo off the list. The list of potential free-agent targets for the San Francisco Giants is growing smaller by the day. At this point, if the SF Giants want to make a major free-agent hitter addition, they'll need to sign either Carlos Correa or Dansby Swanson. Swanson's bat is a bit iffy, but he's young, athletic, fast, and a good defender. Correa seems to be the real prize, but ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Yankees may be involved in the bidding. If New York makes a hard push for Correa, the Giants could be in trouble. While the SF Giants might be able to bully a team like the Twins financially, they wouldn't necessarily be able to do so with the Yankees. And after adding Judge, the Yanks are a far more desirable destination for a free-agent hitter like Correa. If the Giants miss out on all of the top free agent hitters that were of interest to them, it would be quite the disappointment and failure—although not necessarily for lack of trying. There are other options, however, on the trade market. The downside there is that they would have to part with young talent in order to swing a trade, whereas with free agents the only cost is cash. Alek Thomas, Jake McCarthy, Daulton Varsho, Bryan Reynolds, Dylan Carloson, and Ramón Laureano stand out as some possible San Francisco Giants outfield trade targets. All are young, athletic, and would be an upgrade for the Giants. Speaking of trade possibilities, the Giants traded for Rule 5 pick Blake Sabol recently. He is a left-handed-hitting outfielder and catcher, and by virtue of being a Rule 5 pick, he has to be on the 26-man roster all season or else be offered back to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The SF Giants have Joey Bart and Austin Wynns already on the 40-man and projected to the major league roster, so the acquisition of Sabol is noteworthy. We continue to hear reports that the Giants are interested in a catching upgrade, with Oakland's Sean Murphy and the Toronto Blue Jays' trio of talented catchers the most obvious trade targets. Christian Vazquez, who, like Carlos Correa, is from Puerto Rico, has also been linked to the Giants. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! SimpliSafe With Fast Protect™️ Technology, exclusively from SimpliSafe, 24/7 monitoring agents capture evidence to accurately verify a threat for faster police response. There’s No Safe Like SimpliSafe. Visit SimpliSafe.com/LockedOnMLB to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

27m
Dec 09, 2022
How SF Giants could benefit from Xander Bogaerts' deal with Padres

In a strange way, Xander Bogaerts' $280 million deal with the Padres could benefit the San Francisco Giants. The Padres got better by signing Bogaerts, but there was belief yesterday that the Boston Red Sox were gaining momentum in an attempt to re-sign him. Had Bogaerts returned to Boston, or gone anywhere other than San Diego, the Padres may have emerged as the favorites for Carlos Correa. Correa, as has been reported by multiple outlets, is the top target of the San Francisco Giants after missing out on Aaron Judge. The Giants were reportedly offered Judge a hefty $40 million per year over nine years, so they would have no problem offering Correa around $30 million per year over a similar number of years (likely a couple more than Judge received). Some may fear that Correa will shop the Giants' likely aggressive offer, and he will choose to go elsewhere if that team matches, as was the case with Judge. But a closer examination of Correa's market suggests that there may not be a team more willing and able to aggressively bid on Correa than the SF Giants. The Giants' biggest threats appear to be the Twins and Cubs, with the Red Sox also a possibility. Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that the Dodgers are not pursuing Correa because of the belief that their fans would not accept him after his involvement in the 2017 sign stealing scandal that effectively cheated the Dodgers out of a World Series title. Farhan Zaidi suggested that the best way for the Giants to improve would be to upgrade the defense, and pointed out that in an ideal world they'll bring in a good defensive center fielder. Brandon Nimmo and Kevin Kiermaier are the top options in free agency, with Nimmo being a much better hitter. Kiermaier is known for elite speed and defense to go along with an average bat, but there have been durability concerns. In addition to an outfielder and middle infielder, the Giants are known to be seeking a starting pitcher and bullpen help, and could look to upgrade the catcher position at some point as well. Find and follow Locked On Giants on your favorite podcast platforms: 🎧 Apple Podcasts http://apple.co/3ycRK3U 🎧 Spotify http://spoti.fi/3Bak0pN 🎧 Google Play https://bit.ly/3D356mr 🎧 Overcast https://bit.ly/3wqZsbg 🎧 Megaphone https://bit.ly/3wGGcXD The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick #SFGiants #FirstListen Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! SimpliSafe With Fast Protect™️ Technology, exclusively from SimpliSafe, 24/7 monitoring agents capture evidence to accurately verify a threat for faster police response. There’s No Safe Like SimpliSafe. Visit SimpliSafe.com/LockedOnMLB to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

30m
Dec 08, 2022