The Giants must announce by 9 p.m. PT Thursday whether any of these players will not be tendered a contract. Non-tendered players will become free agents, though their former club remains able to sign them.The list is a long one and it starts with Andres Torres, Cody Ross, and Jonathan Sanchez. It ends with Javier Lopez, Santiago Casilla, Ramon Ramirez, Chris Ray, and Mike Fontenot. Sabean gave his usual non-answer answer:
"I can't tell you that we'll tender all of them or arbitrate with all of them," Sabean said.Regardless, the Giants will see a big increase in the payroll. This past season's $96,277,833 was the highest in the history of the club. Of course, the Giants won the World Series. If spending $100 M is the way to win the World Series, then I'm all for it. Of course, it ain't my money. At some point, though, you have to figure the bean-counters will be counting beans. How far is the ownership group ready to go? The Phillies spent $109 M on their 2009 crown and spent $138 M vainly attempting to defend it. The current SF roster is already over $92 M (with $32 M going to two players). Will Nuke & Co. open the wallets? Or will some staff CPA whip out a few Excel graphs and show the Big Boys some worrisome trend lines? We'll have to wait and see. Certainly the payroll will top $100 M for the first time.
The Giants have a special core of young talent that can legitimately think about winning the whole thing again within the next few years. The suits might have to spread some green around--let's hope they are up to it.