Giants make early moves.
With the departure of Mike McAvoy from the Giants front office his replacement Nathan Brooks came in with the intent to rebuild the Giants for younger and cheaper players.
First to clear out his locker in the Giants locker room 1B Brandon Belt who came back from an injury plagued 2014 campaign to start 161 games for San Francisco hitting 16 HR with 62 RBI with a slash line of .231/.346.369
Belt moved east, to be honest he couldn’t move any further west in the majors, and Toronto is his new home with the Blue Jays who parted with two pitchers for Belt’s services.
Taylor Cole who split time at AAA with a 2-5 record and a 4.20 ERA and the Blue Jays where he made 4 starts in 7 appearances with a 1-2 record and a 5.33 ERA and Rob Ramsmussen a relief pitcher who in AA went 4-2 with 7 saves and a 3.78 ERA move west to San Francisco.
With the phone still hot from calls to Toronto Brooks then made another move last night with another American League East team as Tampa Bay moves three players to bring in RF Hunter Pence. Pence a three time all star for the National League earns $18.5 million until the end of the 2018 season hit .243/.297/.398 with 13 HR and 54 driven in.
Tampa Bay sends to San Francisco three players, two with ML service and experience, RF Brandon Guyer split time with AAA Durham and the Rays. After hitting .338/.447/.549 with the Bulls, Guyer hit .243/.307/.407 with 36 driven in and 8 HR, also stealing 15 bases. Jake Odorizzi struggled from out of the Rays bullpen in 2015 with a 5.15 ERA in 37 games, the third player, Kean Wong (2B) to join the Giants played his 2015 season at A level combining for a slash line of .227/.318/.293
Hudson retires, moving in front of a mic
Tim Hudson brought an end to his distinguished career this week to move into the broadcasting booth. Hudson’s career was drafted and signed in 1997 by Oakland and after making his pro debut in 1999 was traded to Atlanta in 2004 where again he spent successful years with the Braves where again he made two All Star Game appearances (two in Oakland also). His last two season saw him back in the Bay Area with the Giants where he posted a 12-11 record with a 3.63 ERA.
Career wise Hudson started 482 games, posting a 226-135 record, striking out 2123 with a 3.46 ERA.
Gordon to leave KC
The decision of Alex Gordon to void his option year in Kansas City raised some heads around the league this week. Gordon earned $12.5 in 2015 and could expect to earn more than that in 2016 and beyond. His 2015 was hampered by injuries, and missed in total 9-10 weeks of the season and hit .254/.297/.398 with 13 HR and 54 runs driven in.