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Giants won’t make qualifying offers to their free agents, including Angel Pagan

Nov 1, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

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Angel Pagan was a key contributor for the World Series champion Giants this season, batting .288/.338/.440 with eight home runs, 56 RBI, 29 stolen bases and a .778 OPS while playing solid defense in center field. However, the Giants are prepared to let him walk for nothing if he signs elsewhere as a free agent.

That’s life with the new collective bargaining agreement, as Andrew Baggarly of reports that the Giants will not make qualifying offers to any of their free agents. This list includes Pagan, Melky Cabrera and Jeremy Affeldt. Marco Scutaro is also a free agent, but the Giants can’t make him a qualifying offer since he was acquired from the Rockies during the season.

As Craig explained in detail earlier this week, teams must make a one-year qualifying offer to impending free agents in order to secure draft pick compensation. The dollar amount is determined by the average of the top 125 salaries in the game, so this year it checks in at $13.3 million. That would obviously be a pretty hefty chunk of change if Pagan was to accept, but he’ll likely be looking for a multi-year deal coming off such a strong season. Still, the Giants weren’t willing to take the chance.

Of course, just because the Giants aren’t making any qualifying offers doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in bringing any of their free agents back if the price is right. Giants general manager Brian Sabean has expressed interest in re-signing Pagan, but Baggarly hears team officials are less confident about doing so. That he won’t cost a draft pick will certainly make him more attractive to interested teams.

  1. smcgaels1997 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    I’m pretty sure they will try to resign all 3..but like all teams (except LA) they have a budget and if its a bidding war it’s not worth it

  2. chill1184 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Happy that Pagan got a ring but the moves make sense from an operations stand point.

  3. 1022555a - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    The players themselves might also want to stay in the city. They may not want to transfer.

  4. indianbob - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    I remember 50 years ago as a youngster I looked forward to seeing my favorite Giants each year. Now it’s just the uniform. What a shame:-(

    • vallewho - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      Well, I would say that the fact this is their life (and livelihood) trumps your (and mine) entertainment value.

      • blacksables - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:00 AM

        Since they play for the fans, then our entertainment value trumps their lives.

        No one is going to pay them millions of dollars to play in empty stadiums.

        Or they could go back to stocking shelves at Wal-Mart and see how life is.

      • Alex K - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:46 AM

        You’re right, blacksables, they sholdn’t be able to choose where they work because we must be entertained!

  5. SOBEIT - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    I know Sabean said that he wanted to re-sign all three, but I have a hard time seeing how he will be able to do that even with the extra revenue bump from going deep in the playoffs and actually winning the championship. By non-tendering as the article states, that makes it more appealing for teams to sign them away from the Giants because they do not need to include a draft pick to the Giants.

    Also, considering how weak the FA market is this year, these three, as great as they were, will command more years than the Giants will be willing to give. I believe if it were just annual salary cost, that is something the Giants could match.

    Sadly, I think Affeldt is gone and most likely Pagan. Scutaro is the one that will probably be signed. I really hope that I am wrong on Affeldt. Affeldt is a tough call because it is about pitching for the Giants first and foremost. So I am going back and forth on whether it is Affeldt or Scutaro that will be resigned. Pagan is a little more challenging because we have a highly prized prospect for CF, but is at least a year away from getting called up. So do you give a multi year deal to Pagan or gamble that you can find a adequate replacement on a 1 year deal and also gamble that the rookie will perform when he gets called up.

    Also, there is the Melky factor, though I feel like there is only a 30-40% chance the Giants FO even want to deal with that situation again.

    Rosterbation at its most frustrating…should be an interesting offseason.

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