Mark Melancon WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 13: Mark Melancon #43 of the Washington Nationals works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning during game five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Giants fill major hole by signing closer Mark Melancon

Last winter, the Giants went into free agency knowing they needed to upgrade their starting rotation if they hoped to get back to the playoffs. They spent big on Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto, won the Wild Card game, and gave the Cubs all they could handle in the NL Division Series until their bullpen […]

Reds battery Johnny Cueto and Devin Mesoraco CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 23: Johnny Cueto #47 and Devin Mesoraco #39 of the Cincinnati Reds talk during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 23, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Brewers 3-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

10 MLB players who could be on the move this winter

Trades may not be as exciting during the winter as at the July 31 deadline, but the offseason is always bursting with trade rumors. This year is no exception, especially considering how weak this class of free agents appears to be. Teams that have holes to fill may not want to throw money at poor solutions, and instead […]

ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 07: Ian Desmond #20 of the Texas Rangers reacts after hitting a double against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning of game two of the American League Divison Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 7, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

8 MLB free agents most likely to be overpaid this winter

Baseball’s offseason is under way, which means MLB teams are acting like kids that just graduated from the eighth grade flush with cash from their aunts and uncles. They have holes to fill and the means to fix them. With the Winter Meetings coming up soon, the deals are going to start hitting fast and furious. […]

during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

The 10 most likely 2016 World Series MVP candidates

The World Series MVP isn’t always the best player on the winning team. It isn’t always the guy who puts up the best stats. And it isn’t always the guy who would seem to be the obvious choice. That’s the beauty of the award: anyone on the roster can have a World Series moment that […]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – October 5: Pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by team mates after his nine inning shut out during the San Francisco Giants Vs New York Mets National League Wild Card game at Citi Field on October 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 San Francisco Giants

It had to happen eventually. No matter how many hashtags and catchphrases the San Francisco Giants came up with, they simply couldn’t win the World Series every time an even year rolled around. However, you can forgive Giants fans for thinking this year’s team had an excellent shot at continuing the trend. San Francisco had […]

05 OCT 2016: San Francisco Giants third baseman Conor Gillaspie (21) celebratws at home plate after hits a three run home run in the 9th inning during the National League Wild Card Game between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants played at Citi Field in Flushing,NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Battle-tested Giants have faced long postseason odds before

Cockroaches are notoriously hard to kill. Their tough, rugged exteriors combined with an unmatched ability to squeeze through tight spaces has made them the one creature on earth synonymous with survival. If a nuclear bomb hits, chances are there will still be cockroaches running around after the fallout. The San Francisco Giants have been compared […]

CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 03: Jason Heyward #22 of the Chicago Cubs blows a bubble while he walks to the dugout at the end of the eighth inning in their game against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on September 3, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The San Francisco Giants won 3-2. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

2016 MLB All-Disappointment Team anchored by Jason Heyward, Zack Greinke

Nobody wants to be a disappointment. To your family, your friends, your employer… to anyone, really. Being a disappointment is the ultimate failure, something you always try to avoid. There’s a reason parents say, “I’m not mad, I’m disappointed.” They know it’s the worst sting. But sadly, disappointment over a 162-game season is inevitable. There […]

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: Players gather around Tyler Anderson #44 of the Colorado Rockies before his is removed from the game following a Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers run to tie the game 2-2 during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Colorado Rockies

As the trade deadline approached this past summer, the Colorado Rockies didn’t sell off any of their superstar players. Why? Because they thought they were contenders. And they were serious. Whether or not you think the Rockies actually were contenders is beside the point, really. They thought that they were, and that means the team […]

Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 21: Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers definitely played baseball this season. That’s one thing you can say about them without hesitation. Was it good baseball? Not always. But for the Brewers, this year wasn’t about contending for the division (impossible, when you share it with the Cubs) or even the Wild Card. It wasn’t even about finishing .500, […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 13: Ryan Schimpf #11 of the San Diego Padres is congratulated by Luis Sardinas #2 and Wil Myers #4 after hitting a three run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at AT&T Park on September 13, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The San Diego Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 San Diego Padres

Ever since being crowned as the Offseason World Champions by nearly everyone two years ago, things have gone downhill fast for the San Diego Padres. Remember that offseason? The Padres made a bunch of splashy moves, adding big name after big name: Matt Kemp, Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton, Derek Norris, Wil Myers, James Shields and […]

KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 29: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates a RBI single in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium on August 29, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

September Storylines: five things to watch as the MLB season winds down

It’s hard to believe, but September is here and that means there’s just over a month left in the 2016 season. That also means that pennant races and award chases are heating up, and this year, a number of them are going to go down to the wire. With so many races still far from […]

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 24: at Dodger Stadium on August 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Giants-Dodgers rivalry has provided plenty of MLB September memories

The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have one of baseball’s oldest rivalries, a blood feud that dates all the way back to their days in New York. That shared history of hatred makes it even better when the two teams are fighting for a playoff spot down the stretch. And with just a […]

MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 08: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants walks in the dugout after striking out in the 4th inning agains the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 8, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Hunter Pence

What to make of the struggling San Francisco Giants?

You’ll forgive San Francisco Giants fans if they checked their calendars in mid-July to make sure that it really wasn’t New Year’s Eve and it had suddenly become an odd year. That might be the only reasonable explanation for what’s happened to the team since then. The Giants have been beaten up in the second […]

TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 14: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

With MLB trade deadline dust settled, which teams will make the playoffs?

The MLB trade deadline is the time when contenders try to solidify their spot in the postseason, and those on the outside looking in try to elbow those contenders away and claim a playoff bid for themselves. With this year’s non-waiver deadline in the books, which teams look like they’ll be playing into October? Let’s go […]

SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Andrew Miller #48 of the New York Yankees and the American League pitches against the National Leage during the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Winners and losers of the 2016 MLB trade deadline

The 2016 MLB trade deadline has come and gone. That means it’s time for writers, columnists and fans to speculate on which teams did well and which ones did poorly, even though the true outcome of most trades can’t be measured for at least five years. It’s one of baseball’s best traditions! We may not know […]