1/31/2014 7:57 P.M. ET
Belt hoping to settle contract before hearing
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- First baseman Brandon Belt sounded optimistic Friday about avoiding a salary arbitration hearing with Giants management.
"That's what most people want to do," said Belt, who declined to reveal the date of the courtroom showdown if one is necessary. Arbitration hearings are scheduled to be held between Tuesday and Feb. 21.
Through the arbitration filing process, Belt requested a one-year, $3.6 million contract. The Giants countered with $2.05 million. Belt earned $531,500 last year while batting .289 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs.
Arbitration hearings have been said to be unpleasant experiences for players, who must listen to representatives for the ballclub belittle their performance in an effort to win the arbitrators' ruling.
"I know what I wasn't good at," Belt said. "So if I have to go in there, it's not going to hurt my feelings any."
The Giants haven't gone to an arbitration hearing since 2004, when catcher A.J. Pierzynski won a $3.5 million salary.
Giants make changes to Orange Friday jerseys
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants players will sport a new look at Saturday's FanFest.
They'll be clad in their new alternate orange jerseys, which they'll wear for Friday night home games.
The color is similar to the previous jerseys, but the word "Giants" across the chest appears in script, similar to the style the club sported from 1977-82. The new jerseys also include old-fashioned black piping parallel to the collar and along each side of the uniform buttons.
Giants finished shopping for starting pitchers
SAN FRANCISCO -- Don't expect the Giants to pluck a starting pitcher from the bunch of remaining free agents.
"We're at our limit," general manager Brian Sabean said Friday, "and we're fine with it."
That limit extends from the roster to the payroll. The Giants spent $82 million to sign free agents Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson, Javier Lopez, Ryan Vogelsong and Michael Morse. They also have a full contingent of starting pitchers, besides aspiring candidates such as Yusmeiro Petit and David Huff. The likes of Bronson Arroyo, A.J. Burnett and Ubaldo Jimenez will have to look elsewhere.
That reflected the Giants' implicit faith in Vogelsong, who finished 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 2013 after making the National League All-Star team in 2011 and leading the club with three postseason victories in 2012.
"I think one of the reasons I've had success here is because I know they trust me, and that was something I never had anywhere else," Vogelsong said. "I know that Rags [pitching coach Dave Righetti] trusts me, I know that Boch [manager Bruce Bochy] trusts me and I know that Sabes trusts me. That does a lot for your confidence as a player. It makes it a lot easier to perform when you know you have support from the people who make decisions."
Hudson, Bumgarner to miss Giants FanFest
SAN FRANCISCO -- Left-hander Madison Bumgarner and right-hander Tim Hudson were late scratches from the group of Giants expected to attend Saturday's FanFest.
Bumgarner felt ill and was ordered to remain at his North Carolina home. Hudson encountered transportation problems stemming from the ice storms that descended upon Atlanta.
In other personnel-related matters, Hudson (right ankle) and second baseman Marco Scutaro (left pinkie) are expected to be fit to participate when Spring Training begins. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 14, followed by position players on Feb. 18. The first full-squad workout is slated for Feb. 19.