Former Giants employee pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

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The shocker: the person accused of taking money they did not earn from the Giants wasn’t Miguel Tejada!

The San Francisco Giants’ former payroll manager pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling $2.2 million from the team. Robin M. O’Connor, 42, of American Canyon, pleaded guilty in San Francisco federal court to a single felony charge of wire fraud.

We first told you about this back in August when O’Connor was charged. I love the fact that what got get caught was a letter she forged telling the bank that the large deposits were extra payments from the team, grateful to her for her role in helping the team win the World Series. I mean, red flags are one thing, but creating your own red flag is pretty stupid. An over-explained fraud is a bad fraud.

That said, if taking extra playoff money from the Giants after contributing nothing to the World Series title was suspicious, I’m shocked Barry Zito hasn’t been questioned for anything yet.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.