The Giants’ newest starting pitcher officially donned the orange and black for the first time Friday afternoon at AT&T Park, as the club introduced right-hander Jeff Samardzija at a news conference.
Believe the hype about the National League West, Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted as he met with reporters at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday.
Despite never wearing a Giants uniform until he donned a ceremonial jersey during his introductory news conference, Jeff Samardzija displayed expert knowledge about his new team.
There’s just no way the San Francisco Giants do this thing again, is there? Tell me that’s not where we’re headed. It defies logic. It defies parity, too. If I’m running one of baseball’s other 29 franchises, that’s what I’m telling myself.
The Giants haven’t earned their winter hibernation quite yet. Their aggressive acquisitions of free-agent right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto haven’t changed the fact that San Francisco still needs a left fielder and a veteran reliever to provide stability alongside the growing number of youngsters in the bullpen.
Accustomed to excellence from their starting rotation, the Giants rebuilt their rotation in a 10-day span. They welcomed Johnny Cueto with an introductory news conference Thursday, three days after announcing their six-year, $130 million deal with him. That followed the five-year, $90 million agreement with Jeff Samardzija, which initially went public on Dec. 5.
Grabbing the baton in the relay race among pitching-hungry ballclubs, the Giants attempted to strengthen their starting rotation Monday by announcing an agreement with right-hander Johnny Cueto on a six-year, $130 million deal. The deal, which includes a club option for 2022, was finalized on Wednesday night. Cueto will be introduced in a news conference […]