12/07/11 11:02 PM EST
Giants end pursuit of Beltran, Ross
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Sabean said that the Giants' talks with Beltran, who was believed to be seeking an eight-figure annual salary on a multiyear deal, never progressed past the preliminary stage.
Ross, the 2010 National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player who earned $6.3 million last season, didn't appear to fit in the Giants' plans, though multiple teams, including Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Colorado and the Dodgers have been rumored to be interested in signing him.
Said Sabean, "Simply put, [with] Ross, we could never get on the same page. [With] Beltran, we knew it was going to be a stretch."
Giants don't plan to add more players
DALLAS -- In terms of player movement, the Giants' offseason has ended.That's an exaggeration, but only a mild one. General manager Brian Sabean said Wednesday that with guaranteed and projected salaries factored in, the Giants have hit their $130 million player payroll limit.
"We've pretty much gotten to the top of the budget," Sabean said.Sabean added that he and his lieutenants will continue to scour the free-agent lists for possible bargain acquisitions -- particularly after Monday's deadline for tendering contracts. Non-tendered players will be cast into the open market at that point. Sabean's most consuming task before that deadline will be determining which reserve infielder will be tendered a contract: Jeff Keppinger or Mike Fontenot. Either can back up second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who's attempting to recover from a dislocated right shoulder. Keppinger has been a regular more frequently during his career, but Fontenot can play shortstop and third base more frequently. Keppinger bats right-handed, while Fontenot hits left-handed. Keppinger would be the more expensive player, if the decision comes down to money. He earned $2.3 million last season, compared to Fontenot's $1.05 million.
Manager Bruce Bochy said that regardless of who hits leadoff, Sanchez will occupy the batting order's second spot, assuming that he recovers sufficiently from his shoulder injury.
Each passing day makes the Giants look more and more sincere about their stated commitment to assigning shortstop Brandon Crawford a regular's role.
"Right now, Crawford's our shortstop," Bochy said.
Sabean said that catcher Eli Whiteside, who experienced difficulty throwing last season, underwent surgery on his right elbow. Whiteside, who's among 12 arbitration-eligible Giants, has been mentioned as a candidate to be non-tendered.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.