The Giants are doing background work on David Price

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ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Giants are among the clubs “going through background preparation” on David Price.

Which makes a lot of sense given that they’re saying goodbye to Tim Hudson this year and that, beyond Madison Bumgarner, the rotation was no great shakes in 2015. The Giants, flush with a sellout streak and an election victory which is going to allow them to rake in a lot more money in the next few years, are suspected to be in search of top-flight pitching this winter and David Price is as top-flight as it gets.

 

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.