DENVER – Hunter Pence, Tim Lincecum and Javier Lopez all were placed on waivers Saturday and quickly claimed by clubs, according to a report by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
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But the chances remain remote that any of the three will be wearing another uniform by the end of the week.
Indeed, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he hopes something can be worked out with all three of his potential free agents to return beyond this season.
“We certainly think a lot of all three, what they’ve done here and how they’ve been very professional in going about their business,” Bochy said after a 6-1 loss at Coors Field. “Talks will get ironed out after the season is over. But from my perspective and (GM Brian Sabean’s) as well, we certainly hope something does get worked out.”
Teams usually shuffle most players through revocable waivers in August to gauge interest in them, then pull them back; players can only be placed on revocable waivers once during a waiver period.
A team that claimed Pence, Lincecum or Lopez would have 48 hours to work out a deal with the Giants, should they choose to listen. Although the club could save a little more than $8 million if they let those players simply go on a claim, as the Marlins did with Cody Ross in 2010, club officials say they want to re-sign all three players and have no interest in moving them to save payroll.
Bochy said there was never an intent to move any of the three players, even when the defending champions went off the rails.
“That’s always been the plan, and Brian has said that,” Bochy said.
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Waivers are confidential and the claiming teams often are not identified. Also, clubs often put in claims to block a player from going elsewhere. The Arizona Diamondbacks, for example, already acquired a lefty reliever, Joe Thatcher, but might have put in a claim for Lopez to keep him away from NL clubs higher in the standings – such as the Dodgers.
Anyway, don’t bet on Lopez – or Pence or Lincecum -- becoming teammates again with Brian Wilson in a few days.