- According to Jon Heyman, the Giants are trying to lock up Tim Lincecum this offseason on a long-term deal of at least four years. Extending Matt Cain seems like the Giants’ top priority, though oddly enough, the Giants’ focus is “as much or more” on Lincecum. Heyman speculates that this is because Lincecum is a) a “bigger star,” and b) more of a threat to leave San Francisco.
- Pete Abe of the Boston Globe tweets that the Giants didn’t send anybody to the GM meetings, though according to Mark Gonzalez (Chicago Tribune), that’s not correct: Dick Tidrow and Bobby Evans are both there.
- Around the NL West: Mark Ellis and the Dodgers agreed to a two-year deal; Mark Kotsay and the Padres agreed to a one-year deal; the Diamondbacks are looking for starting pitching; and the Padres aren’t in on Heath Bell (though he has generated a lot of interest).
- Bay Area Sports Guy makes the case against signing Carlos Beltran, citing his price tag and durability (or lack thereof).
- McCovey Chronicles, meanwhile, looks at veterans that could actually make sense for the Giants.
No belief #sfgiants will make play for reyes or rollins. They are eyeing ss as well as 1b and OF. but pitching still the focus
We’ve heard this again and again: the Giants, due to budgetary constraints, are not in on Reyes or Rollins. They’ve really embraced the pitching-first philosophy (although it’s almost like a pitching-first and pitching-second and pitching-third philosophy).
Anyway, they seem focused on finding a backup option for Brandon Crawford, and Clint Barmes seems like the obvious target (at the right price, that’s not such a bad thing). The market for middle infielders is shaping up to be pretty ugly though; bad ones, the likes of Willie Bloomquist, are making more money than they should. Hopefully the Giants don’t fall down this trap.
It’s a little odd that they’re looking at first basemen — as they have both Brandon Belt and Aubrey Huff – but they could definitely stand to add an outfielder. I’m guessing they’ll re-sign Cody Ross, who would like to return in 2012. He’ll be cheap, and seems like a good fit (if he can still play a serviceable centerfield).
Grady Sizemore’s market is expanding rapidly. Add the #Rangers, #Cubs, #SFGiants & #Yankees to the list of teams with interest
Several weeks back, I looked at Grady Sizemore as a free agent target, concluding that he’s a solid medium-risk/high-reward guy:
In any event, the Giants should definitely consider targeting Sizemore on a reasonably-priced one-year deal. They could capitalize on the recent injury-warped portion of his career, taking a gamble on his ability to stay healthy. This is exactly the kind of move that could pay huge dividends for the Giants (if all goes well), while keeping within payroll restrictions. More often than not, these deals don’t reap big rewards. But it’s certainly worth a shot in this case.
I’m no longer as sold on the idea, though. The Giants have limited funds, and I don’t know that Sizemore represents a wise allocation of said funds. Sizemore could go for something in the range of $6-8MM (with incentives), and that’s a lot of money for a guy with a recent history of injuries and poor performance. As Lookout Landing noted a couple weeks ago, Sizemore’s contact rate has dropped in the past couple years. It’s not just a matter of whether he can stay healthy — it’s a matter of whether he can stay healthy and recapture the Sizemore of a few years ago — the one that was a very productive hitter.
Anyway, I doubt the Giants actually will end up signing Sizemore. He’s generating a lot of interest, and it doesn’t seem like the Giants would be willing (and/or able) to spend a lot of money on a guy like Sizemore.