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Report: J.P. Ricciardi joining Giants in senior advisor role

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Former GM J.P. Ricciardi will join the Giants in a senior advisor role, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. He’ll work under new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, whom the Giants hired from the Dodgers earlier this offseason.

Ricciardi, 59, was the GM of the Blue Jays from November 2001 through October 2009. Ricciardi was also in the Athletics’ front office during the Moneyball days. He briefly worked on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” before joining the Mets’ front office as a special assistant in November 2010.

The Giants will likely have more front office hirings to come before spring training begins in February. Given his experience, Ricciardi should be useful to Zaidi.

Brewers sign Freddy Peralta to a multi-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.

Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.

If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.