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The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick, a lifelong Giants fan and former RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score contributor, breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. It's a new era of Giants baseball under Farhan Zaidi and Gabe Kapler, and the Locked On Giants podcast is a vital resource for every SF Giants fan who wants to be part of the journey. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.

Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On The San Francisco Giants Locked on Podcast Network, Ben Kaspick

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The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick, a lifelong Giants fan and former RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score contributor, breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. It's a new era of Giants baseball under Farhan Zaidi and Gabe Kapler, and the Locked On Giants podcast is a vital resource for every SF Giants fan who wants to be part of the journey. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.

    How SF Giants could benefit from Xander Bogaerts' deal with Padres

    How SF Giants could benefit from Xander Bogaerts' deal with Padres

    In a strange way, Xander Bogaerts' $280 million deal with the Padres could benefit the San Francisco Giants. The Padres got better by signing Bogaerts, but there was belief yesterday that the Boston Red Sox were gaining momentum in an attempt to re-sign him. Had Bogaerts returned to Boston, or gone anywhere other than San Diego, the Padres may have emerged as the favorites for Carlos Correa. Correa, as has been reported by multiple outlets, is the top target of the San Francisco Giants after missing out on Aaron Judge. The Giants were reportedly offered Judge a hefty $40 million per year over nine years, so they would have no problem offering Correa around $30 million per year over a similar number of years (likely a couple more than Judge received).
    Some may fear that Correa will shop the Giants' likely aggressive offer, and he will choose to go elsewhere if that team matches, as was the case with Judge. But a closer examination of Correa's market suggests that there may not be a team more willing and able to aggressively bid on Correa than the SF Giants. The Giants' biggest threats appear to be the Twins and Cubs, with the Red Sox also a possibility. Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that the Dodgers are not pursuing Correa because of the belief that their fans would not accept him after his involvement in the 2017 sign stealing scandal that effectively cheated the Dodgers out of a World Series title.
    Farhan Zaidi suggested that the best way for the Giants to improve would be to upgrade the defense, and pointed out that in an ideal world they'll bring in a good defensive center fielder. Brandon Nimmo and Kevin Kiermaier are the top options in free agency, with Nimmo being a much better hitter. Kiermaier is known for elite speed and defense to go along with an average bat, but there have been durability concerns. In addition to an outfielder and middle infielder, the Giants are known to be seeking a starting pitcher and bullpen help, and could look to upgrade the catcher position at some point as well.
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    The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all.
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    • 30 min
    SF Giants rejected again as Aaron Judge re-signs with New York Yankees

    SF Giants rejected again as Aaron Judge re-signs with New York Yankees

    San Francisco Giants fans woke up to the heartbreaking news that Aaron Judge was re-signing with the New York Yankees. It was believed that Judge may actually choose to sign with the Giants. There were even reports yesterday that he had made his decision and he was going to sign with San Francisco. But in the end, the SF Giants got played. Aaron Judge used the Giants to get the best possible offer from the Yankees. That was his right, and it's how the process works, but it stings in an all-too-familiar way for fans of the SF Giants. The Giants' offer was reportedly the same 9/$360M that Judge ultimately secured from the Yanks.
    But Judge wasn't the Giants' only option. While the market has thinned out considerably, arguably two of the three best players after Judge are still available, and the Giants are expected to pivot to them in a hurry. Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson are still out there, as is Brandon Nimmo, Carlos Rodón, Kodai Senga, and others. The Giants have $40M a year they were willing to spend on Judge, and they're still expected to be very active in bringing in talent this offseason. Correa seems to be the best fit, and he doesn't have loyalty to a team like Judge evidently did with the Yankees. The assumption is that Correa would sign with the highest bidder, but there are no guarantees in free agency.
    Correa would be a perfectly strong fallback option after Judge. The Giants already signed Mitch Haniger to a three-year deal last night, and Correa would be a great addition as well. The San Francisco Giants are also in the market for another outfielder in addition to Haniger, a starting pitcher, and back-end relief help. In other words, expect the SF Giants to remain very active even after missing out on Judge.
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    The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all.
    Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans.
    On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick
    #SFGiants #FirstListen
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    • 31 min
    SF Giants sign Mitch Haniger as Aaron Judge rumors intensify

    SF Giants sign Mitch Haniger as Aaron Judge rumors intensify

    The San Francsico Giants signed Mitch Haniger to a three-year deal on Tuesday, but they continued to have their eye on a much larger prize. Literally. Aaron Judge to the San Francisco Giants remains a distinct possibility, and for about seven minutes in the two o'clock hour, it was believed that Judge was indeed headed to the Giants. MLB Network's Jon Heyman tweeted that Judge was headed to the SF Giants at around 2:20 p.m., only to walk back the statement at 2:27.
    In Haniger, the Giants are getting a local guy who's an everyday player. He's been significantly above-average against lefties and righties throughout his whole career, and he's known as being an elite clubhouse presence. Interestingly, the Giants backloaded Haniger's deal, or at least offered him far less in 2023, which seems to suggest the Giants plan to add significant payroll to the 2023 team.
    Carlos Baerga, who correctly reported Justin Verlander's deal with the Mets a day before anyone else, also dropped an absolute bombshell tonight. He says that the Giants are getting Aaron Judge AND that they could sign Carlos Correa in addition. Adding Haniger, Judge, and Correa would be an absolute dream, but one step at a time. Judge remains to top focus for now, and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle seems to be suggesting that her sources indicate a deal could be imminent. Buckle up, Giants fans. A wild week could get even more wild from here on out.
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    The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all.
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    • 29 min
    All eyes on SF Giants' pursuit of Aaron Judge as Winter Meetings begin

    All eyes on SF Giants' pursuit of Aaron Judge as Winter Meetings begin

    The Aaron Judge saga may be nearing a conclusion. Industry expectation is that Judge will soon sign a new deal, and that it's likely to be with either the Yankees or San Francisco Giants. So—where do the SF Giants stand with Judge as the Winter Meetings begin? The Giants have held their cards very close to the vest this whole time. All we know is that Judge met with the Giants just before Thanksgiving, and that the two-day visit went very well. We know that the expectation is that the SF Giants will make or have made Judge a very competitive offer. Dave Flemming said the other day on KNBR that he believes the Giants have offered enough to Judge that the choice will simply come down to where Judge wants to play: with the Giants or with the Yankees.
    In non-Judge news, Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds has requested a trade. Should the San Francisco Giants bring him back to the Bay Area? The Giants made what turned out to be a truly awful decision ahead of the 2018 season, trading Reynolds and Kyle Crick for one season of Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen wasn't a needle-mover for a bad Giants team, and he was dealt before he finished out the season. Reynolds, meanwhile has blossomed into one of the game's better young outfielders. He comes with three years of relatively cheap team control, and the Giants should be interested along with pretty much every team. But they should look to spend before they look to trade top prospects. Reynolds would command a haul.
    Barry Bonds was resoundingly rejected for the Hall of Fame on Sunday. A 16-person committee made up of Hall of Fame players, baseball executives, and historians/journalists deliberated over several players' candidacies over the weekend, and elected Fred McGriff to the Hall with 16/16 votes. Twelve votes were needed for induction. Bonds received "less than four," as was the official designation. It's a major blow to Bonds' chances of ever getting in. At this point, as hypocritical as it may be, Bonds' chances at the Hall of Fame appear to be at their lowest point ever.
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    The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all.
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    • 31 min
    Report: SF Giants interested in Kolten Wong

    Report: SF Giants interested in Kolten Wong

    Kolten Wong to the San Francisco Giants? According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the SF Giants are among the teams interested in trading for Kolten Wong, the left-handed-hitting second baseman under contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are likely to trade Wong, who's owed $10M in the final year of his contract, this offseason. Wong is historically someone who's hit right-handed pitching pretty well, and he has historically been one of the game's best defensive second basemen. Interestingly, Kolten Wong took a major step back defensively in 2022 according to most advanced defensive metrics, but it's generally best to look in three-season samples when dealing with such metrics. Given that he's only signed for one more year and is owed $10M, the cost to acquire Wong seemingly wouldn't be too high.
    A viral tweet by MLB Network is discussed. In the tweet, MLB Network put out a San Francisco Giants projected lineup that included Aaron Judge. Social media went to work dunking on the SF Giants for an extremely weak looking lineup. On the one hand, it certainly doesn't inspire a ton of confidence, even with Judge. On the other hand, that lineup is essentially the same one that was above average at scoring runs in 2022. Every single member of the projected lineup, except for the No. 9 hitter Joey Bart, has been above average by wRC+ over the last three seasons. The Giants certainly shouldn't roll into 2023 with a lineup like that if they were to sign Judge, but it's also not nearly as listless as some are making it out to be.
    Switching gears, how should the progress of some young players on the SF Giants' roster be evaluated? Thairo Estrada, Joey Bart, and David Villar are given a closer look. Estrada had a legitimately strong season that flew somewhat under the radar. He amassed 14 home runs and 21 steals, and overall was the Giants' best position player by fWAR. Joey Bart struggled with strikeouts as expected in 2022. He was pretty bad to start the year, got better, and then regressed to a rolling K% back near 50% over the final month-plus of the season. David Villar is definitely someone to watch moving forward. The power is legit, he won the PCL MVP Award, and he could be a breakout candidate for the Giants in 2023, or he could potentially be trade bait this offseason if the Giants want to make a big splash.
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    The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all.
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    • 29 min
    Morosi: 'Legitimate chance' Aaron Judge signs with San Francisco Giants

    Morosi: 'Legitimate chance' Aaron Judge signs with San Francisco Giants

    While San Francisco Giants fans range from hopeful to skeptical about the team's chances of landing Aaron Judge, MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi said on Thursday "There's a legitimate chance that Aaron Judge becomes a San Francisco Giant." Judge's favorite player growing up, Rich Aurilia, went on KNBR on Wednesday and said that Morosi told him the Giants' odds of landing Judge were 50 percent, whereas the combined odds of the Yankees plus everybody else equaled 50 percent. That would mean, in essence, that Morosi views the SF Giants as the most likely team to come away with Judge. Morosi also said that the Giants would need to prove to Judge that they can win around him, but all indications are that that is their intention. He also said that the Giants might need to get closer to $40M per year to come away with Judge. As has been suggested on this show, something like 8/$320M ($40M AAV) could possibly get a deal done. The Yankees' reported offer on the table to judge is 8/$300M ($37.5M AAV).
    If the San Francisco Giants are able to land Aaron Judge, what else would they do around him? It all depends on how high they're willing to push their payroll. Adding Judge would push them beyond where they've been in recent years, but they also have a lot of future flexibility with almost no guarantees on the books for 2024 and literally $0 committed in 2025 and beyond. So it's not out of the question that that could carry a $200M+ payroll in 2023, and they could go lower in 2024 if they wanted to. The Giants are set to receive $30M from the sale of BAMTech to Disney. The first luxury tax threshold is $233M in 2023, and the SF Giants are nowhere near it. Adding Judge, Carlos Correa, and Carlos Rodón at roughly their predicted AAV's would push the Giants to about $225M, still underneath the first luxury tax threshold.
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    The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick—a lifelong Giants fan and former contributor for RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score—breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all.
    Follow Ben Kaspick on Twitter, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about the San Francisco Giants and talking with fans.
    On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenKaspick
    #SFGiants #FirstListen
    Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors!
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
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227 Ratings

thetwentythird ,

Hi Ben!

Love your show - and that you hold it down as a solo podcaster. Thanks for your work and for your love of the giants!

Kristie2u ,

Locked on Giants

I really enjoy Ben’s podcasts. I listen everyday. Very informative. Thanks Ben

SteveK09 ,

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you focus on pace of play and stale ballpark experience as reasons fans have not returned to see games. You have failed to acknowledge a huge variable: the condition of the city itself. I worked in San Francisco throughout 2018-19 and went to several games, tapering off as the 2019 season ended. this had nothing to do with the quality of play. I felt unsafe and uneasy to attend games at night (commuting from the South Bay) because of the filth I had to look out for stepping over (excrement and trash) and the foul odor of urine walking back to the train. the prices are more of a concern than the experience inside the park. I'm a lifelong fan of this team and I no longer feel comfortable returning to San Francisco for any reason because of the policies and "compassion" the city prioritizes over its residents, workforce and visitors

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