Giants encouraged by Adon's AFL performance
Before Melvin Adon is ready to ascend to the Giants with his triple-digit fastball, they must make sure they're ready for him.

30 ROY candidates for 2019 -- 1 for each team
In 2018, Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna Jr. entered the season as Rookie of the Year contenders, if not front-runners, in each league. But sometimes Rookies of the Year come on unexpectedly. With that in mind, here is a potential ROY candidate from each organization.

Eovaldi could be nice fit for Giants
Nathan Eovaldi's velocity makes him stand out from nearly all starting pitchers -- but especially from the others in this free-agent class. Eovaldi's fastball averaged 97.1 mph in 2018, much faster than the other top available starters. Here are five teams that would be a perfect home for Eovaldi's electric fastball.

Decision time: Which prospects make 40-man?
By Tuesday, all teams will have decided who deserves a spot on their 40-man rosters. Those Minor Leaguers who are eligible but not put on the roster will be exposed to be taken by the other 29 teams in the Rule 5 Draft, which will take place at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, on Thursday. Dec. 13.

Bochy: Giants' coaching staff to remain intact
While change appears imminent among the Giants, one group that will remain intact is manager Bruce Bochy's coaching staff. Farhan Zaidi's recent appointment as president of baseball operations is widely regarded as a precursor to significant personnel shifts on and off the field. But Bochy confirmed via a text message Tuesday that he'll be backed by the same crew for a second straight year.


Uruguay eliminates Italy; Did Suarez bite again?
Uruguay is moving on. Italy is out of the World Cup after a 1-0 loss. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez apparently bit an opponent again.