VIDEO: Watch the first career home runs of tonight’s Home Run Derby participants

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With the 2014 Home Run Derby less than 30 minutes away, here’s a look at the first career home runs of all of tonight’s participants:

It’s always weird to see Jose Bautista before he evolved into the Jose Bautista we know now. And what about Adam Jones in a Mariners uniform? Wild stuff.

The one thing that struck me while watching this video is that Justin Morneau hasn’t just been around longer than anyone else here, he’s also the only one who hits from the left side of the plate. Assuming the weather holds up, we’ll soon see if that matters.

Report: Giants showed some interest in Phillies’ Maikel Franco at Winter Meetings

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Giants were “sniffing around” on Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco at the recently completed Winter Meetings.

Franco, 25, would be a nice buy-low candidate for the Giants, who don’t have a reliable third baseman yet. Currently, Pablo Sandoval would get the lion’s share of starts at the hot corner. Franco was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2014 and ’15 seasons, but hasn’t lived up to the hype over the last two seasons. In 2017, he hit .230/.281/.409 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 623 plate appearances.

Moving Franco wouldn’t necessarily solve any problems for the Phillies. After signing first baseman Carlos Santana, Rhys Hoskins is expected to play in the outfield full-time. As a result, the Phillies have too many outfielders with Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Technically, the Phillies could move Santana to third base as he has experience there, but he hasn’t played the hot corner since 2014.

Franco is arbitration eligible over the next four seasons, which might be the most attractive thing about him to other teams.