San Francisco Giants make first moves of offseason
The work on the construction of the 2013 San Francisco Giants has begun with a few moves by the team last week.
And they were more of the subtraction variety.
The Giants outrighted two players to Triple-A Fresno — infielder Emmanuel Burriss and reliever Clay Hensley. Both players declined the assignment and elected for free agency.
Ten other Giants filed for free agency: LHP Jeremy Affeldt, OF Melky Cabrera, RHP Guillermo Mota, OF Xavier Nady, OF Angel Pagan, RHP Brad Penny, 2B Freddy Sanchez, 2B Marco Scutaro, 2B Ryan Theriot and 1B Aubrey Huff.
Also catcher Eli Whiteside was claimed off waivers by the Yankees, because the Yankees love the Giants’ backup catchers.
That leave the Giants’ 40-man roster at 30 players.
PITCHERS: Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Santiago Casilla, George Kontos, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez, Jean Machi, Jose Mijares, Dan Otero, Yusmeiro Petit, Sergio Romo, Dan Runzler, Eric Surkamp, Ryan Vogelsong, Brian Wilson and Barry Zito.
CATCHERS: Buster Posey, Hector Sanchez.
INFIELDERS: Ehire Adrianza, Joaquin Arias, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Connor Gillaspie, Brett Pill, Pablo Sandoval and Angel Villalona.
OUTFIELDER: Gregor Blanco, Roger Kieschnick, Francisco Peguero, Hunter Pence.
The next important offseason date is Nov. 30. That’s the date when teams must decide if they will tender contracts for players for the 2013 season.
The Giants have seven players who are eligible for arbitration: Wilson, Pence, Casilla, Romo, Blanco, Posey and Arias.
Now the Giants must decide if they will tender any or all of the seven contracts. Casilla, Romo and Posey are locks. So to are Blanco and Arias, on the cheap.
Some Giants fans thought maybe Pence would be non-tendered after he hit .219 in 59 regular-season games with the Giants.
But GM Brian Sabean put an end to those thoughts last week.
“Pence is going to be coming back. We think there are some things he can do to fix what went wrong last year,” Sabean told ESPN. “We like the player. We made a big trade to get him, and he’s going to be a Giant next year.”
And then there’s Brian Wilson, who made $8.5 million last year when he missed most of the year with an elbow injury.
“This was his second Tommy John, and if anyone could defy the odds, it would be him,” Sabean said. “But he’s a long way from being at full strength, which means he’s a long way from being cleared medically. It’s wait-and-see. Until I get more medical information, we’re not going near the subject.”