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The San Francisco Giants signed left-hander Alex Wood to a one-year, $3 million deal on Friday. The 30-year-old can make an extra $3 million in performance bonuses for the number of games in which he gets 10 or more outs. Wood was an All-Star in 2017 and went 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA in two starts and seven relief outings in the shortened 2020 season with the Dodgers, striking out 15 hitters in 12 2/3 innings of work. He threw two perfect innings in Game 6 of the World Series to help clinch the title over the Rays. Wood is 53-44 in his career with a 3.45 ERA in 138 starts and 50 relief appearances over eight seasons with the Braves, Dodgers and Reds. Expect the southpaw to compete for a spot in San Francisco's right-handed-heavy starting rotation.
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto and the team have decided that he will not pitch in winter ball in his native Dominican Republic this year, given that the 2020 season was his first quasi-full season since returning from Tommy John surgery. Cueto was originally scheduled to pitch for the Estrellas Orientales. Manager Gabe Kapler said that the veteran right-hander pitched through some minor injuries last season, too, so it made no sense for the team to push the 34-year-old even further this winter. Cueto made just 13 starts for San Fran from 2018-2019 because of his elbow injury. He returned in 2020 to go 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 12 starts over 63 1/3 innings pitched. Another season removed from Tommy John surgery, Cueto could be more reliable for fantasy managers.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey will remain the team's "primary catcher" in 2021 and will receive "the lion's share of the reps" behind the dish despite the presence of top prospect Joey Bart, according to manager Gabe Kapler. The six-time All-Star is owed $21.4 million in what could be the last year of his contract after he sat out in 2020 over concerns about COVID-19. Bart hit .233/.288/.320 in 111 plate appearances for San Fran last season. Posey had hip surgery in 2019 and batted .257/.320/.368 with seven homers and 24 doubles in 114 games. The 33-year-old averaged a .308 batting average, 16 homers and 31 doubles in 141 games a year the prior seven seasons. Kapler said that Posey added some muscle this year and looks great. While Posey is no longer in his prime, he should be well-rested and much cheaper in fantasy drafts for 2021. As long as he can stay healthy over the full season, he could be a steal.
The San Francisco Giants agreed to terms on a major league deal with infielder Jason Vosler on Tuesday. The 27-year-old played for Triple-A El Paso in the Padres organization in 2019, setting career-highs in batting average (.291), on-base percentage (.367), slugging percentage (.523) and OPS (.890). A 16th round pick of the Cubs in 2014, Vosler mainly plays third base but has also seen time a first base, second base and shortstop. The left-handed hitter didn't play in 2020 and hasn't made his major league debut, but he'll have a clearer path to a major league role with San Francisco. Vosler will be a potential platoon option for third baseman Evan Longoria and second baseman Donovan Solano. Vosler hit at least 20 home runs in three straight minor league seasons.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (heel) underwent surgery to remove a bone spur in his right heel last week, and the procedure was performed by ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. Belt traveled home last weekend and is set to begin his rehab process and physical therapy this week. The 32-year-old hit a cool .309 with a 1.016 OPS, nine home runs and 30 RBI in 51 games during the shortened 2020 season. With plenty of time until now and spring training in 2021, Belt should have plenty of time to heal up, barring any sort of setback. The left-handed hitter is unlikely to repeat for a batting average over .300 in a full season and remains on a team in more of a rebuilding phase, so his 2020 numbers shouldn't inflate his fantasy price next season.