The Giants will not offer arbitration to free agents Cody Ross or Pat Burrell, CSNBayArea.com has learned from a team source.
Following their 2010 World Championship, the Giants were able to bring back both Ross and Burrell -- key contributors down the 2010 stretch -- on one-year deals.
Ross earned a one-year, 6.3 million contract for 2011, while Burrell made a cool 1 million.
Without arbitration, the Giants will get no compensatory pick should either of the players sign with another team. Returning the players to San Francisco is still an option, but the Giants will lose their exclusive negotiating rights through May, and Ross and Burrell will be free to test the free agent market.
When the Giants traded Jonathan Sanchez to the Royals for outfielder Melky Cabrera, many saw it as the writing on the wall for Ross.
Ross, a Type B free agent, entered the San Francisco history books when he earned MVP honors in the 2010 NLCS with the Phillies. Ross hit .350 over the six-game series, knocking three home runs and three doubles.
Like many of the Giants' hitters, though, his numbers dipped in 2011 when the 30-year old hit .240 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI.
Burrell, on the other hand, has made it clear he likely won't be coming back to baseball at all. The 35-year-old veteran said earlier this month said that his career could be over due to the lingering injury to his right foot.
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Because of the terms of his contract, the Giants were unable to offer arbitration to Carlos Beltran.