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San Francisco Giants Offseason Tracker: Hottest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2013

San Francisco Giants Offseason Tracker: Hottest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

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    San Francisco Giants fans need to forget about what happened in 2013 and turn their attention to what the team does in the offseason. 

    It was a disappointing season in San Francisco to say the least. The Giants had just made a magical run to another World Series title, and there were high expectations. However, things didn't go smoothly this year.

    Pitching has been the key in each of its World Series runs. It failed the team this year, so upgrading the pitching staff will be a priority this offseason.

    The pitching was an issue, but the offense could still use some improving. Marco Scutaro did a good job of getting on base, and Buster Posey and Hunter Pence have the ability to drive in runs.

    Keep checking back here to see what rumors and moves the team is involved in throughout the winter. 

San Francisco's Own Free Agents and Done Deals

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    Done Deals

    Deal: RHP Tim Lincecum re-signed for 2 years, $35 million, via ESPN

    Nov. 18: RHP Tim Hudson signed a two-year, $23 million deal, according to Bay Area Sports Guy

    Nov. 21: LHP Javier Lopez re-signed to a three-year, $13 million deal, according to Ken Rosenthal

    Nov. 27: RHP Erik Cordier signed with the Giants 

    Nov. 29: RHP Ryan Vogelsong re-signed with the Giants on a one-year deal, via CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, worth around $5 million and could exceed $6.5 million with incentives, via San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman

    Dec. 12: LF Michael Morse signed to a one-year deal worth $6 million, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News

     

    Contract Options

    OF Andres Torres (Age 35)

    Nov. 2: SF DECLINED $3 million club option ($500,000 buyout)

    RHP Ryan Vogelsong (Age 36)

    Nov. 4: SF DECLINED $6.5 million club option ($300,000 buyout)

    LHP Barry Zito (Age 35)

    Nov. 2: SF DECLINED $18 million club option ($7 million buyout)

     

    Unsigned

    RHP Chad Gaudin (Age 30)

    2013 stats: 30 G/12 GS, 97 IP, 5-2, 3.06 ERA, 81 H, 6 HR, 88 K/40 BB

     

     

Arbitration Eligible Players

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    Tender

    INF Tony Abreu

    INF Joaquin Arias

    1B/LF Brandon Belt

    OF Gregor Blanco

    RHP Yuseiro Petit

    *via Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com 

     

    Non-Tender

    LF Francisco Peguero (Dec. 4: Signed with the Baltimore Orioles)

    RHP Sandy Rosario (via Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com)

Dec. 21: Brett Pill Sold to Kia Tigers (Korea)

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    The San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea reported that Brett Pill has been sold to the Kia Tigers (Korea).

    The 29-year-old has a career .233/.279/.404 slash line. He has nine home runs, 10 doubles and two triples in parts of three seasons in the majors.

    In eight seasons in the minors, he is a career .285/.332/.464 hitter. 

    Letting him go would give the Giants some money. It would allow Pill to get more playing time and free the Giants from being financially responsible.

Dec. 12: Signed LF Michael Morse to a One-Year Deal

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    The Giants got an impact bat for left field on Dec. 12 when they signed Michael Morse to a one-year deal, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury NewsMorse will make $6 million, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    Pavlovic also tweeted that GM Brian Sabean said that the Morse signing puts the Giants close to their budget limit.

    The 31-year-old hit .215/.270/.381 with 15 home runs between the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles in 2013. 

    San Francisco has to like Morse's power. He hit 31 home runs, with 36 doubles, in 2011 for the Washington Nationals, and he followed that up with 18 the following season. His first year with the Mariners didn't go as expected.

    The Giants need a big bat. Morse fits that description, and he has shown that he can hit for average. He hit .294/.343/.514 in four seasons with the Nationals. The question is whether or not he can get back to that form.

    However, a wrist injury kept him from putting up big numbers this past season. San Francisco is taking a chance on Morse and hopes that he turns it back around.

    Signing Morse could pay off in a big way. He provides a big bat to a lineup that needed help on offense. Buster Posey has carried the team on offense, and Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence have been solid complementary pieces. If Morse can hit the way he did with Washington, this will be a great deal for the Giants.

Giants Have Checked in on LHP David Price

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    There may not be much to it, but the Giants have checked in on Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

    San Francisco re-signed Ryan Vogelsong and signed Tim Hudson to shore up the rotation. 

    Price is under team control for two more seasons, and the club is currently listening to offers for the former AL Cy Young winner.

     

Barry Zito: Club Option Declined, Free Agent

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    It appears that Barry Zito's time in San Francisco is over. After signing a seven-year deal for $126 million, the southpaw is unlikely to return to the team.

    In fact, the veteran pitcher bought a full-page ad to thank Giants fans.

     

    *Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 3:15 p.m. ET

    Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reported that Zito does not appear to be looking to pitch in 2014. That does not mean that he is retiring. Zito may take some time off to "reboot."

    ---End of update---

     

    *Update: Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:15 p.m. ET

    The Giants have also officially declined Zito's option.

    ---End of update---

     

    *Update: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1:30 a.m. EDT

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported that the Giants declined Zito's option, making him a free agent. 

    ---End of update---

     

    Zito went 63-80 with a 4.62 ERA in seven seasons with San Francisco. He has spent his entire 14-year career in the Bay Area, but now the 35-year-old will be looking for a new home.

    The left-hander hasn't finished with an ERA below 4.00 since leaving Oakland, and his ERA has been above 5.70 in two of the last three seasons.

    Despite his struggles in the regular season, Zito came through for the team in the 2012 postseason. He went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts as the Giants won their second World Series in three years.

    It's unclear what kind of market there is for Zito. He was once a dominant pitcher, but now he is nearing the end of his career. Keep an eye on him to see what kind of interest he draws this winter. 

Nov. 29: RHP Ryan Vogelsong Signed a One-Year Deal with the San Francisco Giants

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    Ryan Vogelsong has a club option that he hopes the team picks up, but Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com believes that the team will decline the option.

    *Update: Friday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET

    The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reported that Ryan Vogelsong's one-year deal is worth around $5 million. The Giants already paid him $300,000 to buy out his $6.5 million option. The base salary is still less than what he would've made had his option been picked up. However, Vogelsong can make more than $6.5 million based on incentives.

    This move will almost certainly be the last move the team makes in regards to the rotation.

    ---End of update--

    *Update: Friday, Nov. 29 at 3:19 p.m. ET

    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman tweeted that the San Francisco Giants have reached an agreement to bring back RHP Ryan Vogelsong on a one-year deal. Heyman also said that Henry Schulman reported that with incentives, the deal could be worth more than $6.5 million.

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 28 at 1:51 p.m. ET

    The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman wrote that the guaranteed portion of Vogelsong's potential deal would be worth at least $3 million. MLB.com's Chris half reported earlier that a deal could reach as much as $8 million if Vogelsong reached all of his incentives.

    Schulman also wrote that no deal is expected to be done before next week.

    If a deal is reached with Vogelsong, the Giants are not expected to pursue another free agent starter for a long-term deal. The Giants would try to fill their hole in left field, likely via trade. 

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 28 at 1:51 p.m. ET

    MLB.com's Chris Haft reported that the San Francisco Giants are nearing a one-year deal with Ryan Vogelsong. Haft wrote that the deal could reach $7 million or $8 million based on incentives.

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 2:51 p.m. ET

    CSNBayArea.com's Andrew Baggarly reported that it will be Vogelsong or another starting pitcher, but not Masahiro Tanaka. Assuming they sign another starting pitcher, a starting left fielder is unlikely to be signed.

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1:03 p.m. ET

    ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that there is still a possibility that Ryan Vogelsong returns to the Giants for the 2014 season. The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reported that the Giants are continuing to talk to Vogelsong's agent, so a return could indeed be possible.

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. ET

    Nicole Vogelsong, Ryan's wife, sent out an interesting tweet on Tuesday morning. She said it was tough to wait on whether or not her husband would be brought back, but she thanked San Francisco for the "best 3 years of our lives."

    While her tweet may suggest that the two sides will move on, there is still a chance that the two could agree to a new deal. On Sunday, Baggarly reported that the two sides were working on a new deal. However, there does not appear to be any talks going on right now.

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:55 p.m. ET

    The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reported that their are no active talks between Vogelsong and the Giants.

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:15 p.m. ET

    It's official. The Giants have declined Vogelsong's option, according to Baggarly

    This was expected as the team did not want to keep him at that price. A deal at a lower cost could still be agreed upon.

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. ET

    Baggarly reported that Vogelsong has been informed that his option will not be picked up, but the two sides are negotiating to come up with a new deal.

    The deal would be for a smaller salary but include incentives based on innings and/or starts.

    San Francisco's official decision on Vogelsong's option is expected to be announced on Monday.

    ---End of Update---

    Here's what he had to say on Vogelsong returning in an online chat on Oct. 30:

    I think the odds are pretty good.

    [...]

    He hopes they'll pick up the $6.5 million option but I just don't see that happening. Given his alternatives, I'd imagine we will see him back on a one-year deal with a smaller guarantee and incentives.

    It appears that both sides would like to keep the relationship going, but it may have to come at a smaller cost.

    In 19 starts this year, he went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA. Vogelsong had posted ERAs of 2.71 and 3.37 in the previous two seasons. His recent struggles may lead to the club declining the option, but that wouldn't close the door on the right-hander coming back.

Nov. 21: Javier Lopez Signed a Three-Year Deal with Giants

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    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 21 at 2:55 p.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the deal is agreed upon, pending only a physical

    ---End of Update---

    *Update: Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 2:20 p.m. ET

    Bay Area Sports Guy reported that the Giants and Javier Lopez are close to a deal. The deal will reported be worth $13 million over three years.

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 11:38 a.m. ET

    CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman tweeted that if/when a Lopez deal gets done, it will be for three years. It isn't done quite yet, but it is "likely" to get done.

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Giants are close to re-signing Lopez to a multi-year deal. He reported that there are "just details now."

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 2:51 p.m. ET

    CSNBayArea.com's Andrew Baggarly reported that the San Francisco Giants are "fully engaged" with Lopez and hope to re-sign him soon.

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Friday, Nov. 15 at 12:33 p.m. ET

    Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger reported that there is mutual interest between Javier Lopez and the New York Yankees, according to Lopez's agent. The Yankees are looking for a left-handed specialist now that Boone Logan is a free agent.

    Lopez wants to "play on a contending team." Lopez's agent, Barry Meister, spoke on what the free agent is looking for:

    Of course, the Yankees are perennially that (contender). That’s our goal, is to make sure that Javy plays with a winner, and plays with a team that’s a contender. The Yankees are always about that. That’s the most important thing to him: He wants the innings to be meaningful.

    The Yankees are losing Mariano Rivera, Joba Chamberlain and possibly Logan from their bullpen. As of right now, Lopez and the Yankees are just in preliminary talks. 

    ---End of update--- 

    *Update: Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 8:06 p.m. ET

    CSNBayArea.com's Andrew Baggarly reported that there is mutual interest between Lopez and the Washington Nationals

    As Baggarly also wrote, Lopez previously said that he would like to return to the Giants and would give them a shot to match any offer.

    ---End of update--- 

    *Update: Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 12:04 a.m. ET

    The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman tweeted that talks are continuing between Lopez and the Giants, but there's "no rush" to get a deal done. Other teams have called, but Schulman believes Lopez would give the Giants a chance to match any offer.

    ---End of update---

    *Update: Friday, Nov. 8 at 9 p.m. ET

    MLB.com's Chris Haft wrote that Lopez has continued to talk to the Giants, but there are a "significant number" of teams interested in the southpaw. Haft estimates that at least eight to 10 teams have contacted Lopez's agent. That is based on the market for left-handed relievers.

    His agent has talked to other clubs, but the talks are in the early stages.

    ---End of the update---

    *Update: Monday, Nov. 4 at 8:10 p.m.

    Andrew Baggarly reported that the Giants are talking to Javier Lopez, but no agreement will be made before he becomes a free agent at midnight.

    Lopez has been with the team since 2010, and he has pitched in 209 games in the last three seasons. The southpaw has a 2.26 ERA in 236 appearances since joining the team.

    In 2013, he led the league by allowing only 10.5 percent of inherited runners to score.

Nov. 18: RHP Tim Hudson Signed with the San Francisco Giants

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    The San Francisco Giants took a big step to improve their rotation by signing a premier free agent.

    Bay Area Sports Guy reported that Tim Hudson will sign with the San Francisco Giants. It is reportedly a two-year deal worth $23 million.

    CSNBayArea.com's Andrew Baggarly reported that Hudson will make $11 million in 2014 and $12 million in 2015, and the pitcher has a full no-trade clause.

    The Braves have made an offer for one year, but it was not a qualifying offer. 

    Hudson missed the final two months of the season after fracturing his right ankle covering first base.

    The 38-year-old went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA this past season. The right-hander is 205-111 with a 3.44 ERA and has made three All-Star teams in his 15-year career. Hudson has played for only the Oakland A's and the Braves.

    San Francisco was looking to add a pitcher or two to solidify the rotation, and Hudson has been in the league long enough to help the Giants.

Pablo Sandoval: Possible Trade Candidate

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    The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman wrote that MLB Network's Peter Gammons said the Giants are getting a lot of calls about third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

    The switch-hitter is entering the final year of his contract, so it is possible that the Giants consider dealing him. However, the team doesn't have an internal replacement.

    *Update: Sunday, Nov. 17 at 12:24 p.m. ET

    The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo wrote that although Sandoval is available for trade, teams are cautious because of his weight issues. He can play either first base or third base, but his weight has become an area of concern for teams.

    ---End of update---

    Sandoval is one of the only hitters in the lineup who can provide power. The 27-year-old has 90 home runs in six seasons.

    He hit .278/.351/.476 with 14 home runs, 27 doubles, two triples and 79 RBI in 2013. He has made two All-Star teams and won a World Series Most Valuable Player award (2012) in his career.

    Sandoval has generated some interest, but it doesn't appear that San Francisco will trade him.

Tim Lincecum: Re-Signed

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    There was a lot of intrigue as to what the Giants would do with Tim Lincecum, but they quickly answered any questions by signing the right-hander to a lucrative deal.

    Lincecum's new deal is worth $35 million over two years. 

    The 29-year-old has been great for the majority of his first seven seasons in the majors. He has won two NL Cy Young awards, two World Series, made four All-Star teams, led the league in strikeouts three times and thrown a no-hitter.

    With all of those accomplishments, it appears that he has earned this contract.

    However, recent seasons have not been kind to Lincecum. He had an ERA of 5.18 in 186 innings in 2012 and an ERA of 4.37 in 197.2 innings this past season. He did throw his no-hitter this year, so there is still potential in his arm.

    It was a low-risk deal for the Giants. Some may see it as the team overpaid the pitcher, but the Giants are only on the hook for two years. If he gets back to pitching the way he did a few years ago, this could turn out to be a great deal.

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