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Giants exercise Jeremy Affeldt’s $5 million option

Oct 30, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

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The Giants are looking at a pretty expensive 2012 bullpen after locking up two of this year’s top free agent left-handed relievers on Sunday.

Hours after agreeing to terms with Javier Lopez on a two-year, $8.5 million contract, the Giants exercised fellow southpaw Jeremy Affeldt‘s $5 million option for 2012.

Affeldt would have received a $500,000 buyout had the Giants declined the option.

Here’s the salary breakdown for the Giants’ top six relievers in 2012:

Brian Wilson: $8.5 million
Affeldt: $5 million
Lopez: $4.25 million
Santiago Casilla: $2.6 million*
Ramon Ramirez: $2.8 million*
Sergio Romo: $1.5 million*

The last three are all eligible for arbitration, so those salaries are approximates. Nonetheless, the Giants are looking at spending about $25 million on their top six relievers next year.

Affeldt, 32, bounced back from a disappointing 2010 to finish with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 61 2/3 innings last season. However, he missed the last three weeks with a cut on his right hand suffered in an accident involving a knife and a box of frozen hamburgers.

  1. crpls - Oct 30, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Neukom supposedly out because of money spent, now we dedicate $9m+ to LH relief pitchers next year.

  2. baseballisboring - Oct 30, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    For a team that hit .242/.303./.368, they sure are spending a lot of money on the bullpen.

  3. nogoodtomedead - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Solid pitching is what we do- the money is well spent. Tell me who to sign as FA for 5 mil a year that’s going to make a dramatic impact on the offense. FA is a joke in baseball- teams control players until they are about thirty, and then between Boras, the Yankees and Sawx you need to pay 25 mil a year to any kind of difference maker- the rest are just pieces to the puzzle. Willingham may be an option- and even though I tell myself not to I remain curious about Sizemore. Those are the intriguing offensive guys in the Giants range. Pay for the pitching- hope for a healthy Posey, that Belt is legit, and that Huff and Ross aren’t amazingly terrible again. That’s the best hope for the offense next year. Too much money spent on relievers? Trade Wilson (what a douche) if possible, his contract is huge and his stock is low, but maybe somebody in need reaches.

  4. baseballisboring - Oct 31, 2011 at 2:44 AM

    Solid pitching can’t be ALL they do. Solid pitching with bad defense and terrible offense doesn’t work. I’m not saying these deals are necessarily so bad if it doesn’t impede them from adding offense. But if they have some money to spend, they really need to go for some more upside in their lineup than guys like Huff, Ross or Willingham even. I think even Grady Sizemore is a good fit for them…probably done as a CF, shift him to left and use his speed to cover all that LF ground, add a little pop and patience provided he’s healthy and the price is reasonable. They didn’t miss the playoffs by that much this year, and most of us probably agree the Diamondbacks are due for some regression next year, so I think they’re only a couple good bats away from being NL West favorites. Again…if paying what they’re paying for the bullpen doesn’t affect how they construct the rest of their team, then I still think they’re overpaying some of their guys a little bit, but it doesn’t really matter.

  5. loungefly74 - Oct 31, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    I love our pitching. that said, we need some hitters…good ones if we are going to contend. simple as that.

  6. nogoodtomedead - Oct 31, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    I agree a bat would be nice. All I’m saying is there isn’t much of a option- especially with a restricted budget. And aside from one really terrible streak of play in early August they would have been in the mix right until the very end even with one of the least productive offenses in Giants history. If Pablo is back for good, Posey is back, Sanchez is back, and Huff and Ross can be closer to what they were two years ago that’s your best hope for an improved line-up. I hear “We need a hitter” but who? We aren’t signing Pujols, Fielder, or Reyes. Maybe Rollins? I’m just saying don’t weaken your strength.

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