SAN FRANCISCO -- With Hunter Pence in tentative agreement on a five-year, $90 million contract, the Giants are moving full speed ahead on the rest of their offseason ambitions.
It was easy enough to begin negotiations with Tim Lincecum about a new deal, too. Pence and Lincecum are both represented by the Beverly Hills Sports Council.
Like Pence, Lincecum wants to stay in San Francisco and said as recently as Thursday that familiarity would be a factor in how he approaches his impending free agency.
According to industry sources, Lincecum could expect a contract along the lines of three years and $30 million on the open market. The Giants probably would prefer a two-year structure for more money. But they boosted their offer from four years to five to keep Pence in the fold, and Lincecum’s productive second half -- plus his ability to transition into a second career in relief, possibly -- might convince them to guarantee a third year to the highly popular pitcher.
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Left-hander Javier Lopez will receive a strong overture in the coming days as well, according to a source.
The Giants are not sitting still, literally or figuratively.
Giants GM Brian Sabean traveled to the Dominican Republic along with top brass to attend a showcase for slugging Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu, who was cleared by Major League Baseball to sign on Saturday.
Abreu will work out for teams at the Yankees’ complex on Monday and Tuesday; scouts have plenty of video on him from the World Baseball Classic and Cuba’s Serie Nacional, where he was considered the top offensive player. He’s drawn comparisons to former Giant Andres Galarraga.