They might have just won the World Series on Sunday, but GM Brian Sabean and his staff are already hard at work planning for the Giants’ 2013 season.
Today, CSN reported that the Giants do not plan on making qualifying offers to any of their free agents, which include Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro, and Jeremy Affeldt.
This doesn’t mean anything other than the fact that the Giants will not receive compensatory draft picks if either Pagan or Affeldt sign with another team.
Andrew Baggarly stated that Pagan was the only player who was a candidate to receive a qualifying offer, which is set at a one-year salary of $13.3 million.
The Giants still appear to be very interested in bringing back all three of their top free agents, who were so key in bringing home the team’s second title in three years.
Also, Baggarly reported that the Giants had declined first baseman Aubrey Huff’s $10 million option for 2013, instead buying out his contract for $2 million.
Huff is likely to retire this off-season, as injuries have hampered the 13-year veteran’s productiveness. He signed a 2-year, $22 million deal after helping win the 2010 World Series for the Giants, but his career quickly declined after that point.
He hit .246 with 12 home runs in 2011, and was hurt for much of the 2012 campaign, hitting .192 in 52 games.