Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Giants roster back in full force

Now that the season is over, the off season is here, and the Giants' 40-man roster is back at full force, kind of. In the transactions, the remainder of the players not on the playoff roster were "activated," Freddy Sanchez was activated from the 60-day DL, and the three remaining players not already recalled in September (Kieschnick, Gillaspie, Adrianza) are now recalled.

However, Monday began free agency (see here for the Giants list). This year marks the new system of free agency, as negotiated in the new collective bargaining agreement, where players do not have to file, they automatically become free agents.

There is a five-day window (Monday-Friday this year), where the teams have an exclusive window to negotiate with their free agents. Yet according to John Schlegel of, in order to receive a compensation pick if a free agent signs with another team would require a one-year offer of about $13 M (the average salary of the top 125 players).

That is a high risk if the Giants wanted to receive an extra draft pick of OF Melky Cabrera or even OF Angel Pagan sign elsewhere.

The Giants have 10 free agent-eligible players (assuming the option to 1B Aubrey Huff is declined). The team also has nine arbitration-eligible players (assuming Buster Posey is one of them). If the team declines to offer arbitration, that player may also be a free agent.

Expect also to see more prospects added to the 40-man roster with all the additional spots opened up.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The future of the Giants: free agent, arb, option info

Giants future
Free agents
OF Aubrey Huff (club option for 2013)
OF Melky Cabrera
2B Freddy Sanchez
INF Marco Scutaro
P Jeremy Affeldt
OF Angel Pagan
INF Ryan Theriot
P Guillermo Mota
P Brad Penny
OF Xavier Nady
Under contract
P Barry Zito (through 2013; club option for 2014)
P Tim Lincecum (2013)
P Matt Cain (2017; club option for 2018
P Javier Lopez (2013)
3B Pablo Sandoval (2014)
P Ryan Vogelsong (2013; option 2014)
P Madison Bumgarner (2017; options 2018-19)
Arbitration eligible (between 3-6 years ML service)
OF Hunter Pence
P Brian Wilson
P Santiago Casilla
P Sergio Romo
P Jose Mijares
P Clay Hensley
C Buster Posey (assuming he is a “Super-2”)
C Eli Whiteside
INF Joaquin Arias
Team control (between 0-3 years ML service)
Option information listed for players optioned in 2012 after start of season
OF Gregor Blanco
P Dan Runzler [one option remaining after 2012 (used in 2011 and 2012)]
P George Kontos
1B Brandon Belt
SS Brandon Crawford
P Dan Otero [two options remain after 2012 (used in 2012)]
1B Brett Pill [one option remaining after 2012 (used in 2010 and 2012)]
C Hector Sanchez
P Eric Surkamp [three options remain]
INF Ehire Adrianza [one option remaining after 2012 (used in 2011 and 2012)]
INF Conor Gillaspie [no options remain after 2012]
OF Roger Kieschnick [two option remaining after 2012 (used in 2012)]
OF Francisco Peguero [two option remaining after 2012 (used in 2012)]
INF Angel Villalona [remains on restricted list; no options used thus far]
P Jean Machi
P Yusmeiro Petit
INF Emmanuel Burriss
Minor Leauges
Potential free agents
P Boof Bonser
P Brian Burres
P Andrew Kown
P Mitch Lively
P Scott Munter
P Wilmin Rodriguez
P Jason Stevenson
P Clayton Tanner
P Matt Yourkin
C Tyler LaTorre
INF Juan Ciriaco
1B/OF Todd Linden
INF Ydwin Villegas
OF Justin Christian
P Eric Hacker
P Shane Loux
P Steve Edlefsen [one option remaining after 2012 (used in 2011 and 2012)]
P Craig Whitaker
Protected from Rule 5 draft
P Heath Hembree (drafted 2010; eligible after 2013 season)
C Eric Sim
OF Jarrad Page
Not protected from Rule 5 draft
Note: these players would not be protected in the MLB phase. They could still be protected in the Triple-A and Double-A phases.
C Jackson Williams (drafted 2007; could be 6-year free agent after 2013)
INF Brock Bond (drafted 2007; could be 6-year free agent after 2013)
INF Nick Noonan (drafted 2007; could be 6-year free agent after 2013)
OF Chris Dominguez (drafted 2009; could be 6-year free agent after 2015)
OF Ryan Lollis (drafted 2009; could be 6-year free agent after 2015)