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Free agents Scutaro, Affeldt, Pagan keenly aware of their value

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Free agents Scutaro, Affeldt, Pagan keenly aware of their value

SAN FRANCISCO Its impossible to reassemble every part ofa World Series team. Just look at how quickly the lineup from the Giants 2010 club, aside from Buster Posey, scattered to the wind.

But there are three integral members of the 2012 champions who will hit free agency at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning -- second baseman MarcoScutaro, left-hander Jeremy Affeldt and center fielder Angel Pagan -- and GM Brian Sabean said he will attempt to re-sign all three.

All three of them said would like to return as well. But theykeenly aware of their value, too -- especially Affeldt, after the Dodgers just signedright-hander Brandon League to a three-year contract that will average 7.1million per season.

I did see that, said Affeldt, who made 5 million thisyear. Theres a market established there, and it is what it is.

The Giants will have to move quick if they hope to getanything done with any of the three players during their exclusive negotiatingwindow; the expectation is that all of them will test the open market, however.

The market should be vigorous for Scutaro, who hit .500 onhis way to NLCS MVP honors and posted an incredible .362 average in 61 gamesafter arriving in late July in a trade from the Colorado Rockies.

Lest anyone forget, Scutaro lined a smooth single to drivein the tiebreaking run in the Giants World Series-clinching Game 4 victory at Detroit.

I am looking for 15 years, three thousand-million dollars,Scutaro said, with a wicked smile. How you like me now?

The Phillies will be among the teams expected to showinterest in the 37-year-old, but GM Brian Sabean said he considers theNo. 2-hitting second baseman a top priority. He was making 6 million in thefinal season of a three-year contract he signed with the Boston Red Sox, andlikely will command a deal a bit sweeter this time.

Asked if he could see himself coming back? Scutaro furrowedhis brow.

Is that a question? he said. Of course. This team isgreat. This city is great.

Affeldt, 33, finished his fourth season as a Giant with adominant run in the postseason. He didnt allow a run and held opponents to a.139 average over 10 playoff games while striking out 10. He struck out theside in the eighth inning of Sunday nights clinching Game 4 victory inDetroit, whiffing both Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.

Affeldt allowed just one home run while posting a 2.70 ERAin 65 appearances during the regular season.

If it works out, Id like to come back, Affeldt said. Butwhatever happens, Ill never have a bad word to say about this organization. Itwont ever be a situation where I wouldnt come back because I didnt like ithere. These guys are obviously frontrunners. They have to be.

Pagan is expected to be the most difficult to re-signbecause the market is thin on outfielders and hell be in great demand after hitting.288.338.440 with a major league-leading 15 triples, which also set a SanFrancisco-era franchise record.

Pagan scored 95 runs and stole 29 bases in 36 attempts, andcaught fire after returning to the leadoff spot Aug. 9. He also won the countryfree fast-food tacos by stealing a base in the World Series; he enjoyed hisspoils at one of the restaurants in Redwood City on Tuesday.

Hell get much more than tacos this winter.

I have no words to describe how special this is, saidPagan, after his parade vehicle reached City Hall. A lot of people told mebefore I came here how great the fans were. To actually experience winning achampionship here, theres no words. I hope I come back here next year.

But will he?

"There will be negotiations, he said, smiling.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

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Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

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Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”