San Francisco Giants make first offseason signing: Jeremy Affeldt
Jeremy spoke and he’s staying by the bay.
The Giants and left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt agreed on a new three-year deal worth about $18 million. The deal is pending a physical.
Affeldt has spent the past four seasons with the Giants.
He signed a two-year deal worth $7.5 million before the 2009 season after spending one season with the Reds. Affeldt then had his best season as a reliever, going 2-2 with a 1.73 ERA. He was selected as the Setup Man of the Year and even picked up an MVP vote.
The Giants rewarded him in spring training of 2010 by extending his contract for a third year for $4.5 million with a $5 million option for 2012.
But Affeldt struggled in 2010, eventually landing on the DL for almost a month in July with an oblique strain. Despite his 4.14 ERA, Affledt was added to the playoff roster, and then pitched a critical two innings in relief of Jonathan Sanchez in Game 6 of the NLCS vs. the Phillies, a game the Giants would go on to win 3-2 and clinch the NL pennant.
He rebounded in 2011, posting an 2.63 ERA in 67 appearances. But his season ending early when added to a string of late-season bullpen injuries for the Giants by gashing his hand while separating frozen hamburger patties during an off day in September.
After the Giants picked up his option for 2012, he was solid again with a 2.70 ERA in 67 outings. He did have another DL stint in late April when he sprained his knee after 4-year-old son jumped off the couch to hug his father after he arrived home from a game.
During the NLDS vs. the Reds in October, Affeldt avoided another fluke injury. After pitching a scoreless inning in Game 5, he was standing in the dugout at the top of some stairs that led to the clubhouse while Gregor Blanco was at bat. Blanco fouled a ball into the dugout right at Affeldt, who fell down the steps trying to avoid the ball and jammed his left thumb. The injury didn’t cost Affeldt any playing time as he pitched in Game 1 of the NLCS vs. the Cardinals, the Giants’ next postseason game three days later.
Another Affeldt quirk — he has three sons, each born during a season that ended with a World Series appearance for Affeldt: 2007 with the Rockies, 2010 and 2012 with the Giants.
After the 2012 season ended, Affeldt said he wanted to stay with the Giants, but also wanted a multi-year deal to provide security for his family — a mildly annoying remark for someone who has earned more than $24 million over his career. But Affeldt also is aware of the struggles of people around the world. He has worked with organizations to halt childhood poverty and slavery during his tenure with the Giants.
And after the big-spending and annoying Dodgers inexplicably signed reliever Brandon League to a three-year deal with $22.5 million to maybe (or maybe not) be their closer, there was some question whether the Giants would be able to ink Affeldt, who is entering his age 34 season.