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Giants rule out return of Carlos Beltran, Cody Ross

Dec 7, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

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After picking up Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan in trades, Giants GM Brian Sabean shut the door Wednesday on the possibility of free agents Carlos Beltran and Cody Ross returning next year.

The market for Beltran has been surprisingly light, with his name rarely coming up at the winter meetings. While the focus has rightfully been on Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle, seemingly lesser outfielders like Michael Cuddyer and Josh Willingham are still getting more attention than Beltran.

Beltran, who cost the Giants their top pitching prospect in Zack Wheeler at the trade deadline, hit .323/.369/.551 in 167 at-bats for San Francisco. Overall, he hit .300/.385/.525 in 520 at-bats last season, giving him a .910 OPS. Cuddyer finished at .805, while Willingham came in at .810. Beltran is also better than either defensively.

  1. somekat - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    He is not being talked about because people don’t see him as a guy you can depend on to be in the lineup. He can play, he’s not worth what he was getting in New York, but he’s not a bumb. But you can depend on him to hit the dl 2-3 times this year

  2. sjsharksfan11 - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    So basically we gave up a top of the line prospect for free. Never liked the Beltran deal. Not having him or Wheeler for this season and on goes to show the stupidity and senility of Brain Sabean. I can’t understand why the Giants keep extending this idiots contract for. He’s nothing but destructive from the horrible farm system dating back to the 90’s to the Zito contract and now this.

  3. ducksouped - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    They can rule out the playoffs too if they don’t sign a decent bat.

  4. xmatt0926x - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    The Giants confuse me. If your not the type of franchise that “goes for it” when you have a championship window based on a great starting staff then why blow your top prospect for Beltran last year? If you had that mindset to try for another ring last year than why not again this year? It’s a crime to see that staff get wasted with such a bad offense. Then again since they could be my favoritie teams competition for the next few years I say GO SABEAN!!!

  5. Old Gator - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Beltran is exactly the type of reclamation project in which Larry Beinfest used to specialize. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Feesh swoop in on him, even if quietly. There is one of them Latinos the Feesh are supposedly packing in to attract the local Caribbean and South American demographic.

  6. sisqsage - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    I like the moves they have made. Torres was a nice story for 2010, but really hurt them last year with one dumb AB after another. Ross and Torres were huge drags on the lineup last year and needed to go elsewhere. There’s no way in heck Ross is getting a 3-year deal from anybody. He overplayed his hand. Cabrera and Pagan are good fits for the type of lineup the Gents will pay for. It’s a better lineup than they had last year and should be good enough to get a wildcard, which with this pitching staff, is all that you need to have a shot. Beltran gets hurt too much for one more big contract. SF has inhouse options for more offense with Pill, Belt and a rebound year from Huff and a healthy Posey and Freddy.

  7. kp33 - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Really sabes? The giants franchise is going down the drain.

  8. nyyankeedave - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Sabean. What. The. Hell. – Sabes reminds me of that meat cleaver-waving dude on Boardwalk Empire – you just know he’s planning to do something, difference with Sabean is, you know he’s planning to do nothing.

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