Giants add prospect, trade Sam Coonrod to Phillies

On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about the San Francisco Giants’ trade of right-handed reliever Sam Coonrod to the Phillies in exchange for 2020 fourth-round draft pick Carson Ragsdale, a 6-foot-8 right-handed pitcher. Coonrod had become unpopular among Giants fans after he refused to kneel in a show of solidarity in […]

Why trading for Lindor didn’t make sense for Giants

On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about the Mets’ acquisition of Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco from the Indians, and why, despite Lindor being a great player, trading for him at this point in time didn’t make sense for the Giants. Brandon Crawford is still on this team for one more […]

Why bargain deals help teams win

On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about why bargain contracts help teams win, and why overpriced deals hold teams back. The San Francisco Giants of the late 2010s are a perfect illustration of how overpriced contracts can stop a team from being competitive, assuming ownership groups are not willing to spend […]

Giants sign catcher Curt Casali to $1.5M deal

On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick breaks down the San Francsico Giants’ signing of free-agent catcher Curt Casali to a one-year, $1.5M deal. Casali has been significantly above average against left-handed pitching in his major league career, and has been below-average against righties. He’s considered a likeable guy and a strong clubhouse […]

New Year’s Resolutions for the San Francisco Giants

On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about the San Francisco Giants’ New Year’s resolutions. While 2020 was a pretty terrible year for humanity and baseball as a whole, the Giants actually had a fairly encouraging season. Their offense was among the best in the game and they were in contention for […]

With only $23M committed next year, when are the Giants going to spend?

On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, Ben Kaspick talks about the 2021-22 free agent class, and how it might affect the San Francisco Giants this offseason. The Giants certainly have some areas of need this year, namely starting pitcher, and they figure to go into the 2022 offseason in an even more dire situation. Kevin […]

What Padres’ acquisitions of Snell, Darvish means for Giants

On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about what it means for the San Francisco Giants that the San Diego Padres just traded for aces Blake Snell and Yu Darvish. The Giants already had an uphill battle in the NL West having to contend with the Dodgers, winners of eight straight division […]

Inbox: At what point do Giants open wallets to elite talent?

On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick answers questions from listeners about the state of the San Francsico Giants. Among the questions asked and answered are: What should the Giants’ payroll be? As a big revenue team, at what point do we open our wallets to elite talent and compete dollar for dollar […]

Giants sign free-agent reliever John Brebbia

On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about the San Francisco Giants’ signing of free-agent relief pitcher John Brebbia to a one-year, $800K deal. Brebbia had Tommy John surgery in June, but owns a lifetime 3.14 ERA in 175 innings. He should be able to join the Giants’ bullpen sometime in the […]

2021 ZiPS projections: Gausman, Webb, DeSclafani, Hjelle

On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick looks at the 2021 ZiPS projections for the San Francisco Giants, which were released Monday on FanGraphs by Dan Szymborski. Examined today are the projections for starting pitchers Kevin Gausman, Logan Webb, Anthony DeSclafani, and Sean Hjelle. Starting pitching currently projects to be a weakness for […]