#SFGiants Free-Agent Post: Who’s Free to Talk to Other Teams?

Now that the parade has come and gone, Giants fans will wonder who’s staying, who’s going, and all that. I have no crystal ball to suggest one of the Giants will get traded, all most of us can talk about is who you should be focusing on as to whom has the freedom to talking to start talking to other teams, and who would be under the Giants team control in 2013 (meaning they can’t sign with other teams).

Who Can Talk to Other Teams (9)

  • Marco Scutaro
  • Freddy Sanchez
  • Jeremy Affeldt
  • Angel Pagan
  • Melky Cabrera
  • Guillermo Mota
  • Clay Hensley
  • Xavier Nady
  • Ryan Theriot

Names that the Giants control (18)

  • All the starters
  • Brian Wilson
  • Sergio Romo
  • Javier Lopez
  • Santiago Casilla
  • Jose Mijares
  • Buster Posey
  • Brandon Belt
  • Brandon Crawford
  • Pablo Sandoval
  • Joaquin Arias
  • Hunter Pence
  • Hector Sanchez
  • Gregor Blanco

This means next year in Spring Training you don’t have to say something like “Thank goodness the Giants got Pablo Sandoval back!” or “Sure glad they didn’t let Sergio Romo go!” because you might see someone around you cringe or flinch in a seizure-like manner.

Early prediction: Giants keep two of those nine names, seeing as how the Giants will hopefully learn their lesson from Huff’s 2/$22  and nearly giving in to Juan Uribe’s 3-year bench plan. I have confidence in Sabean to do the right thing, and after winning their second championship in three years, I hope they won’t go overboard, but even the front office is only human. Holding on to the past in hopes of repeated success may be something they do.

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