“The San Francisco Giants are what the Yankees used to be”


The headline calls the Giants “obnoxious,” and John McGrath of the Tacoma News-Tribune writes that “The San Francisco Giants are a nuisance,” but whatever words are used, his argument is clear: he’s sick of the Giants. For some reason. I dunno, it’s never really clear why he thinks so. He just thinks so. The Yankees comp he throws out is not explained, though, but cut him some slack. He’s on a roll.

He throws any possible criticism of the Giants out there — somehow missing Barry Bonds — in an effort to show how sick he is of seeing the Giants in the World Series. They’re not as cool as they were when Willie Mays played. Their old ballpark sucked and . . . that mattered for some reason. Hunter Strickland is a punk. The Giants have been too good in the past few years. Blah, blah, blah. He does make exceptions, though: Hunter Pence and Buster Posey are “whatever-it-takes gamers.” Whatever the hell that means.

There may be some people who have Giants fatigue out there. I get that. If so, don’t watch the World Series maybe? Or at least try to explain why that matters. Because, really, there isn’t anything particularly loathsome about the Giants. If you think there are you are either a Dodgers fan, in which case you get a pass for rivalry reasons, or you’re stretching.

Whatever the case, this is what happens when someone says “write about the World Series” and you have nothing to say. But, dammit, you’re gonna say something sharp and controversial.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.