LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As promised, the Giants will slightly alter their Spring Training routine in February.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that coaches might provide more instruction in smaller groups or even one-on-one.
"You want to shake things up," Bochy said. "They get a little monotonous. Keep them interested and motivated with the workouts. We have to be a little more creative. But you still have to do the basics. That doesn't change."
Bochy to present case for protecting catchers
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Bruce Bochy could be approaching the end of the quest that began forming in his mind more than a decade ago.
The Giants manager will join other Major League skippers and GMs to discuss altering rules to prevent catchers from absorbing head-on collisions.
Bochy's efforts to institute baserunning legislation gained attention after Giants catcher Buster Posey sustained multiple left leg injuries resulting from his May 2011 collision with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins.
But Bochy actually was moved to action by an April 16, 2003, incident in which Brian Jordan of the Dodgers plowed into Padres catcher Gary Bennett.
"I thought he was paralyzed," said Bochy, who was managing the Padres at the time.
Bochy and St. Louis manager Mike Matheny, both former catchers, will join forces to present the case for action.
"I don't think the catchers are protected as much as they should [be]," Bochy said Tuesday at the Winter Meetings. "As fast as these runners come in ... we're going to try to eliminate any severe injuries -- Mike feels the same way -- whether it's a concussion, a broken ankle."
Bochy believes that most people involved in baseball have a heightened consciousness about home-plate collisions.
"They don't feel that needs to be part of the game anymore," Bochy said. "There have been adjustments everywhere -- football, basketball -- and I think it's time in baseball that we do change the rule and protect these catchers."
Giants weigh in on D-backs picking up Trumbo
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks' acquisition Tuesday of slugger Mark Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels appeared to make the National League West even more competitive.
"Arizona got a good player, a power bat, something it needs," manager Bruce Bochy said. "They certainly improved their club with the power they got."
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Giants inquired about Trumbo on multiple occasions but couldn't find a fit with the Angels, who wanted young yet polished prospects.
Without acknowledging the Giants' interest in Trumbo, general manager Brian Sabean said, "We don't have enough Major League-ready talent. That takes you out of [trade] opportunities such as that."