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Giants unlikely to make a “big splash” for a hitter

Nov 29, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

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The Giants held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the contract extensions for GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy. Asked about their offseason agenda by John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Sabean said he doesn’t plan on making a “big splash” to upgrade the team’s lackluster offense.

While it’s not a surprise to learn that they won’t be in the mix for top-tier hitters like Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder or Jose Reyes, Sabean even downplayed the team’s chances of signing Jimmy Rollins or Carlos Beltran. When asked specifically about Beltran, Sabean said, “Whether it’s (Beltran) or anybody else, we have a very definitive game plan on each conversation on what we think is a reasonable length.”

Beltran, who turns 35 in April, batted .323/.369/.551 with seven homers and a .920 OPS over 179 plate appearances with San Francisco after being acquired from the Mets in a mid-season trade. While the Giants are still interested in bringing him back, the major concern is that he could receive a longer contract from an American League club, as they would have the option of using him as a designated hitter down the road.

For now, Sabean is committed to allocating resources to the pitching staff, which he considers the organization’s “gold standard.” With that in mind, assistant GM Bobby Evans said he has already spoken with the agents for Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, describing it as “an exchange of ideas and some conversations about numbers.” Cain is set to become a free agent after the 2012 season while Lincecum is under team control though 2013.

  1. JBerardi - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    “For now, Sabean is committed to allocating resources to the pitching staff, which he considers the organization’s ‘gold standard.’ With that in mind, assistant GM Bobby Evans said he has already spoken with the agents for Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, describing it as “an exchange of ideas and some conversations about numbers.” Cain is set to become a free agent after the 2012 season while Lincecum is under team control though 2013.”

    “Well, we can’t hit, so I don’t see any reason to work on improving our hitting”.

    • 78mu - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:41 PM

      It’s 1968 in San Fransisco and they expect their pitchers to win a lot of 1-0 games. Where are Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry when you need them?

  2. Kyle - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Benching Brandon Belt and/or sending him to AAA will totally help the offense.

    • JBerardi - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

      Is Miguel Tejada available?!

      • simon94022 - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:26 AM

        No, but Orlando Cabrera is!

  3. yournuts - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Matt Cain would be smart and goes to free agency after the 2012 season!

  4. somekat - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Dangerous game they are playing if they don’t upgrade the offense. 1, they are basically going on the win games 2-1 and 1-0 plan. Which is always tricky. 2, if one of their guys do have an off year, they are done. 3, if they somehow can’t sign either of them (which is possible, Lincecum will get over 20, and Cain will be in the ballpark, unless they give a home town discount), then thye are stuck with a terrible offense and no depth in the rotation

    • crisisjunky - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:29 AM

      Thankyou S’kat
      as otherworldly as Timmy has been, Cain is probably the man going forward. Lincecum’s preference to chill year to year through his Arb. years, and yes likely at 20(+?) per year,
      segueing into his first F.A. payday, parlayed with the Zito albatross going away…….
      Hey! this is starting to look like Prince money for forseeable future.
      With Baumgarner dawning as a number 2 lefty to Cain in the Ace role, and Fielder batting cleanup, Cain’s W/L record (not to mention Huff) would be an afterthought.
      Let another G.M. deal with the financial surreality, eventual Rotator Cuff issues, and other Dime-Baggage that is The Freak.

    • thefalcon123 - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:59 AM

      I know of 1 team that has already tried the “1-0″ plan:

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl/player_search.cgi?search=2003+lad

      I doubt the 2012 Giants ability to post a 128 ERA+ as a team, but I don’t doubt their chances of only scoring 570 runs….again.

    • JBerardi - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:04 AM

      “1, they are basically going on the win games 2-1 and 1-0 plan. Which is always tricky.”

      It’s not tricky, it’s impossible. One-run games are basically coin flips no matter what kind of pitching you have; all teams eventually gravitate towards .500 in these games. Tim Lincecum can lose 2-1 just as well as anybody.

      If you want to win a lot of games, you’re going to need to score a lot more runs than you allow. To do that, you’re going to need to, you know, score runs. That’s how this game works.

  5. baseballisboring - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:51 AM

    .242/.303/.368. They hit .242/.303/.368 last year. But hey, least they got Affeldt and Lopez under contract for 2012 at a cool $10 million.

    • paperlions - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:34 AM

      …and Melky Cabrera! Offensive problems solved.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    Not a big deal- I have a feeling this will be a break out year offensively for Cody Ross.

  7. loungefly74 - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    (cussing up a storm under his breath)…this is not what i want to hear. its apparant we need some hitters. i know chemistry is huge but we gotta go after some decent bats. that line-up last year was horrendous at times. if we dont make a few changes, we will have a repeat of last year…close but no cigar. go Giants.

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