"We have Runzler on the cusp of doing great things," Sabean said. "We'd love to have the depth, but I can't say we want to start the season with Runzler in the Minor Leagues. That's what you have to juggle."Haft also suggested the Giants will pursue a minor-league deal with Ray. That surprises me as I would expect some major-league interest in the former closer. There are a lot of quality relievers around, however, and it will probably be easy for any team to beef up their 'pen this off-season. The White Sox non-tendered Bobby Jenks, for example.
So who are the Lucky 13? Posey, Huff, FSanchez, Tejada, Sandoval, DeRosa, Torres, & Ross could be the starting 8 most days. Just-signed Mike Fontenot and Pat Burrell make 10, Whiteside and Rowand round out the dozen. Who is the 13th player? Someone from the playoff roster (Ishikawa? Schierholtz?) is going to be bumped. Are the Giants going after another free agent? Or will one of the youngsters (Belt, Burriss) get a higher-paying job after Spring Training? Your guess is as good as mine.
p.s. The Dodgers cut ties with Russell Martin. Not long ago he was a rising star. Fortunes change fast in this game! He'll draw some interest as he can still get on base at a .350 clip despite the dropping power numbers.