But there are three integral members of the 2012 champions who will hit free agency at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning -- second baseman MarcoScutaro, left-hander Jeremy Affeldt and center fielder Angel Pagan -- and GM Brian Sabean said he will attempt to re-sign all three.
All three of them said would like to return as well. But theykeenly aware of their value, too -- especially Affeldt, after the Dodgers just signedright-hander Brandon League to a three-year contract that will average 7.1million per season.
I did see that, said Affeldt, who made 5 million thisyear. Theres a market established there, and it is what it is.
The Giants will have to move quick if they hope to getanything done with any of the three players during their exclusive negotiatingwindow; the expectation is that all of them will test the open market, however.
The market should be vigorous for Scutaro, who hit .500 onhis way to NLCS MVP honors and posted an incredible .362 average in 61 gamesafter arriving in late July in a trade from the Colorado Rockies.
Lest anyone forget, Scutaro lined a smooth single to drivein the tiebreaking run in the Giants World Series-clinching Game 4 victory at Detroit.
I am looking for 15 years, three thousand-million dollars,Scutaro said, with a wicked smile. How you like me now?
The Phillies will be among the teams expected to showinterest in the 37-year-old, but GM Brian Sabean said he considers theNo. 2-hitting second baseman a top priority. He was making 6 million in thefinal season of a three-year contract he signed with the Boston Red Sox, andlikely will command a deal a bit sweeter this time.
Asked if he could see himself coming back? Scutaro furrowedhis brow.
Is that a question? he said. Of course. This team isgreat. This city is great.
Affeldt, 33, finished his fourth season as a Giant with adominant run in the postseason. He didnt allow a run and held opponents to a.139 average over 10 playoff games while striking out 10. He struck out theside in the eighth inning of Sunday nights clinching Game 4 victory inDetroit, whiffing both Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.
Affeldt allowed just one home run while posting a 2.70 ERAin 65 appearances during the regular season.
If it works out, Id like to come back, Affeldt said. Butwhatever happens, Ill never have a bad word to say about this organization. Itwont ever be a situation where I wouldnt come back because I didnt like ithere. These guys are obviously frontrunners. They have to be.
Pagan is expected to be the most difficult to re-signbecause the market is thin on outfielders and hell be in great demand after hitting.288.338.440 with a major league-leading 15 triples, which also set a SanFrancisco-era franchise record.
Pagan scored 95 runs and stole 29 bases in 36 attempts, andcaught fire after returning to the leadoff spot Aug. 9. He also won the countryfree fast-food tacos by stealing a base in the World Series; he enjoyed hisspoils at one of the restaurants in Redwood City on Tuesday.
Hell get much more than tacos this winter.
I have no words to describe how special this is, saidPagan, after his parade vehicle reached City Hall. A lot of people told mebefore I came here how great the fans were. To actually experience winning achampionship here, theres no words. I hope I come back here next year.
But will he?
"There will be negotiations, he said, smiling.