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San Francisco Giants: Giants Exercise Matt Moore’s Contract Option

Sep 27, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) relieves starting pitcher Matt Moore (45) during the game against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) relieves starting pitcher Matt Moore (45) during the game against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Francisco Giants have exercised Matt Moore‘s contract option for 2017. It was a rather procedural move, as it will cost the Giants $7 million.

Moore will be under team control through 2019 and the team clearly sees Moore as a part of their future. Moore was brought to the San Francisco Giants when they traded for the left handed pitcher at the July 31st trade deadline.

The deal sent popular Giant and third baseman Matt Duffy and prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the trade was a surprise for fans who did not expect the Giants to trade an everyday player, Moore quickly proved Bobby Evans right with his pitching down the stretch and into October.

Also today, the Giants outrighted catcher Tony Sanchez off of the team’s 40 man roster, making him a free agent. The Giants had also made a move Tuesday, signing former San Diego Padre Josh Johnson to a minor league deal. Johnson, a two time All-Star, hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2013 because of multiple elbow injuries.

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Other News & Notes

Phil Nevin, a former San Diego Padres first baseman under Bruce Bochy, is a finalist for the managerial job with the Arizona Diamondbacks. If he is not hired by the D’Backs, their are reports he will be hired by the Giants as a base coach, according to Robert Murray of Today’s Knuckleball.

Hank Schulman, a San Francisco Giants beat writer, tweeted out today that he is hearing the same thing.

Greg Holland Showcase

The San Francisco Giants search for a closer may come from an unexpected place. Former Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland, who missed all of the 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, is planning to host a showcase for interested teams within the next week, agent Scott Boras tells Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Holland had surgery back in October of 2015 after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament.

From 2011-14, he recorded 113 saves for the Royals while recording a minuscule 1.86 ERA and a ridiculous 12.6 K/9. Andrew Baggarly has reported that the Giants have shown interest in Holland and plan on sending representatives to the showcase.

Ned Yost, the Royals manager, revealed last season that Holland may have tore his UCL during the 2014 post season run and played 2015 with the tear. Holland’s return to form may be a long shot, but if he can show he is healthy, he may be a great option for the Giants in 2017.

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Former Giants News

Third baseman and three time World Series champion Pablo Sandoval, has been reinstated from the 60 day disabled list by the Boston Red Sox.

Outfielder Nori Aoki, who played for the Giants in 2015, has been claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros.

Relief Pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, who won a World Series with the Giants in 2014, has had his option declined by the Washington Nationals, making him a free agent.

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