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SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants tendered contracts to all five of their arbitration-eligible players by Monday night’s deadline, instead choosing to clear a needed roster space by non-tendering right-hander Sandy Rosario.
The Giants also non-tendered outfielder Francisco Peguero, who had been designated for assignment on Wednesday. The club doubtless attempted to trade Peguero but was not successful.
The five arbitration-eligible players – outfielder Gregor Blanco, first baseman Brandon Belt, infielder Joaquin Arias, right-hander Yusmeiro Petit and infielder Tony Abreu – all were tendered contracts, vice president Bobby Evans confirmed.
Belt is the only one of the bunch who should receive a raise of any significance. But for the Giants, the decisions were less about finances and more about clearing space on their roster. The only one of the five players considered on the bubble was Abreu, who was limited to fewer than 200 at-bats because of ongoing knee issues and didn’t develop into the weapon off the bench that the Giants envisioned.
Abreu won’t make much in arbitration – maybe less than $1 million – but he still could garner trade interest in the spring. He’s out of minor league options, as is fellow infielder Ehire Adrianza.
For now, the Giants didn’t need his roster space. They needed to clear at least one spot by Wednesday for Ryan Vogelsong, who is scheduled to take a physical on that date to make official his one-year, $5 million contract. Vogelsong has additional incentives that could push the value of his deal near to $8 million.
Rosario, 28, was 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 43 appearances but also had a poor strikeout-to-walk ratio (24 to 20) and a 1.39 WHIP. The Giants acquired him last offseason on a waiver claim from the Miami Marlins.