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Giants have been talking with Cameron Maybin

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ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Giants have had contract discussions with free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin. Olney notes that adding Maybin would give the Giants a safety net in center field and would pair well with the left-handed-hitting Steven Duggar.

Maybin, 31, started the year with the Marlins but was traded to the Mariners ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Between both clubs, Maybin hit .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 28 RBI, 32 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 384 plate appearances.

The Giants have also been linked with free agent superstar Bryce Harper. The recently released PECOTA projections from Baseball Prospectus foresee the Giants as a fifth-place, 74-88 team. As has become the trend in recent years, teams tend not to shell out big-money contracts when the marginal value of an extra few wins isn’t high. It seems more likely the Giants end up with a Maybin or Maybin-type than Harper. Get excited, Giants fans.

Pirates release Francisco Cervelli

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The Pittsburgh Pirates just announced that they have released catcher Francisco Cervelli. No waivers, no DFA. Just his unconditional release.

Cervelli had been on a rehab assignment in the minors in his efforts to come back from a concussion. He had been sidelined since May, and there had been no timeline for his return, but he played in a minor league game as recently as Monday.

Over the summer, however, Cervelli voiced doubts about his ability to continue catching in light of the six concussions he’s weathered over the last decade. At one point he said he could not catch again but then walked it back. Whether his release was requested and whether Cervelli plans to end his big league career is not yet known.

I’m sure we’ll hear more about this soon.

UPDATE: Um, OK. Based on this I guess it’s more of a matter of the Pirates simply not wanting him anymore: