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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Giants Agree to Deals with Ross, Sanchez

The Giants avoided going to arbitration with their two most important arbitration eligible players by signing both Cody Ross and Jonathan Sanchez to one-year deals on Tuesday, but they still have a couple of important pieces still unsettled.

Leadoff man Andres Torres and key left-handed specialist Javier Lopez are still awaiting deals, but Brian Sabean is confident they'll get something done with both players before a potential court hearing to decide their salary. The Giants can't afford to lose either player, so I don't think this will drag out too much longer. As far as the guys they did sign, I think both Sanchez and Ross got right around what they deserved. Ross will reel in $6.3 million in 2011 while Sanchez takes in $3.7. Both are getting hefty raises from their '10 salary, when Sanchez made just $2.1M, and Ross made $4.5M. I was actually expecting both to receive a little bit more than that in light of the championship season and after seeing what the Giants gave Aubrey Huff (I had Cody Ross in the $7-8M range and I though Sanchez at $5+). Without Ross, I think it's safe to say the Giants don't win the World Series. Every Giants fan who watched them play in October knows how clutch Ross was for this team and I'm stoked on seeing what he does in 2011. The way he ended the year had to be a huge confidence boost for himself. In a way, I'm hoping he's sort of the second coming of Jeff Kent. He was always considered a solid player before coming to San Francisco, but hopefully, San Francisco is where he becomes a star.

Besides Ross and Sanchez, the Giants also inked Ramon Ramirez to a deal for 2011, a one-year $1.65 million deal. Ramirez was lights out for the Giants after coming over from Boston in August, but had a few rough outings in the playoffs and then wasn't used much. Another reliever acquired mid-season last year who did show up big in the playoffs was Santiago Casilla, and the Giants ensured his return in 2011 by giving him a $1.3 million. Outside of Brian Wilson and Javier Lopez, I think it's safe to say that Casilla was the most consistent reliever in October, and although his salary seems insignificant compared to other star relievers, he's getting a raise of over 3-times the amount he made in 2010 ($400K). Speaking of Lopez, the Giants currently have their offer to him at $2 million and he's countered with $2.875M. Something tells me they'll meet right in the middle someplace and Lopez ends up at roughly $2.5 million for 2011, and the Giants shouldn't object cause he really earned it. The same can be said for Torres, who is seeking $2.6 million over the Giants offer of $1.8M. Again, I don't think this will go to court, so I think they probably meet in the middle here as well and give Torres $2.2 million for 2011.
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  • At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ross is Boss... Glad he'll be back this year! And everybody thought he was just added to the Giants so they could block him from San Diego!

  • At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Jason Billingsley said…

    I give the Giants an A for this offseason. I think they actually have improved a team that just won a world series. Definitely my favorites in the NL West for 2011.


  • At 11:49 AM, Anonymous April said…

    Giants had an amazing season last year. I am looking forward to this upcoming season. Let's Go Giants!!

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