With one week left until players start reporting to camp, the San Francisco Giants were set with their roster, or at least it seemed that way until the team signed utility infielder Gordon Beckham to a minor-league deal. This move adds another veteran to the mix of players competing for a backup infield role on the 25-man roster. The Giants traded for Beckham with three games left in the regular season. They needed a healthy body when starting third baseman, Eduardo Nunez, went down with a hamstring injury. Beckham will need to have a strong Spring Training to have any chance of making the Opening Day roster.
Last week, the Giants officially parted ways with their second most prolific bearded reliever of the 21st century, when Sergio Romo signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. San Francisco’s most compelling bearded pitcher in the team history, Brian Wilson, was in the news this week. The once hard-throwing Wilson is trying to make a comeback to Major League Baseball but in his return, he’s trying to do it as a knuckleballer.
Wilson hasn’t pitched in the majors since he was with the Dodgers in 2014. Even though he still averaged his normal strikeout per inning pitch numbers, his earned run average (4.66) was the worst of his career. Wilson is a longshot to make any team’s roster, but he will at least be an extremely entertaining story to watch.
The last bit of news involving the Giants this week has to do with the television game broadcasts. Longtime announcer, Mike Krukow, will be lowering his schedule to 120 games. A pair of former San Francisco relievers, Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez, will be filling in for Krukow as Duane Kuipers‘ broadcast partner. The loss of games isn’t a demotion, but rather due to health issues. As much as Giants’ fans would love to have “Kruk and Kuip” announce games forever, eventually they will have to be replaced. Affeldt and Lopez get the first crack at possible replacements for the duo in the future.
Harrison Howard covers the San Francisco Giants and Fantasy Baseball as a Staff Writer for OPSN. Follow him on Twitter @harryhoward54.