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01/18/11 9:50 PM EST
Giants shave list of arbitration eligibles
Sanchez, Ramirez, Ross, Casilla agree to one-year pacts
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants appeared destined to skirt salary-arbitration hearings with all six of their players eligible for the process, which would insure a peaceful end to their blissful offseason. The reigning World Series champions announced agreements on one-year contracts Tuesday with outfielder Cody Ross ($6.3 million), left-hander Jonathan Sanchez ($3.7 million) and right-hander Ramon Ramirez ($1.65 million). ESPN Deportes reported that the Giants settled with right-hander Santiago Casilla on terms of a one-year, $1.3 million contract. An industry source confirmed that mere procedural matters had delayed the finalizing of Casilla's deal. Moreover, Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said that he felt "very optimistic" about reaching accords with left-hander Javier Lopez and outfielder Andres Torres, with whom they exchanged proposed figures on one-year contracts -- a procedure that hastened the other deals. Lopez filed for $2.875 million, compared to the Giants' offer of $2 million. Torres asked for $2.6 million; the Giants countered at $1.8 million. Players and teams frequently agree to split the difference in such instances. "Anytime you have a chance to get something done without having to go to a third party to determine a settlement, you're pleased," Evans said. Ross was named Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series after hitting .269 with 14 homers and 65 RBIs in the regular season. He earned $4.45 million last year. Sanchez, who earned $2.1 million last year, is coming off a 13-9 finish with a 3.07 ERA. He also held opponents to a .204 batting average and 6.61 hits per nine innings, both Major League lows. Ramirez (1-3, 2.99 ERA), who made $1.155 million a season ago, yielded only two earned runs in 27 innings after joining the Giants from Boston in a July 31 trade. For $400,000, Casilla (7-2, 1.95 ERA) amassed 56 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings and stranded 41 of 47 inherited baserunners, the Majors' second-best ratio.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.