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Giants do not plan to make qualifying offers to Pagan, other free agents

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Giants do not plan to make qualifying offers to Pagan, other free agents

SAN FRANCISCO The Giants do not plan to make a qualifyingoffer to any of their free agents by the 2 p.m. deadline on Friday, which means they would notreceive draft pick compensation in the event Angel Pagan or JeremyAffeldt signs with another club.

But the Giants remain interested in re-signing bothplayers -- and Marco Scutaro, too.

Only players who receive a qualifying offer determined by the league and union to be a one-yearsalary of 13.3 million and sign elsewhere would garner their former club a compensatory draft pick at theend of the first round.

The system replaces the old and very much flawed Type Aand Type B designation that the league and union had used in the past todetermine draft compensation.

Of the Giants nine free agents, only Pagan appeared to bea candidate to receive a qualifying offer. Although he might not find acontract with an average annual value of 13.3 million on the open market, hesexpected to draw multiple-year overtures from several teams and would be unlikely to accept a one-year deal.

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But Giants vice president Bobby Evans told me that none ofour players fit into that category to receive a qualifying offer. (That includes Scutaro, who couldn't have received one in any event because he was obtained in July from the Colorado Rockies, and midseason acquisitions are not eligible.)

The decision does not indicate a lack of interest inre-signing some of their World Series heroes. In particular, the Giants willmake it a priority to re-sign Scutaro, their second baseman and NLCS MVP, who is37 years old and likely wont break the bank in spite of his fantastic secondhalf. The Giants are keen on trying to re-sign Affeldt, too,although the left-handed reliever's price just went up after the Dodgers inked right-hander BrandonLeague to a three-year, 21.3 million contract.

GM Brian Sabean has expressed interest in re-signing Paganas well, although club officials are less confident about their ability to doso. The market is expected to be the most competitive for his services after the center fielder and leadoff manhit .288.338.440 with 95 runs, 29 stolen bases and a major league leading 15triples, which also set a San Francisco-era franchise record.

Teams that sign a free agent who received a qualifying offermust forfeit their first-round pick in the June, 2013 draft, unless they hold atop-10 selection. The forfeited pick simply vanishes; the only compensatorypick awarded to the player's former team is the sandwich selectionat the end of the first round.

Dave Righetti is the face of the Giants' rebuild so far

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Dave Righetti is the face of the Giants' rebuild so far

There was something almost disturbingly surreptitious about the Giants’ decision to announce Dave Righetti’s removal as pitching coach (for a front office job) Saturday. Saturday, after all, is the day you typically bury sports news that isn’t football, or related to football in some way.

But that could just be us being needlessly conspiratorial. We’re willing to bestow, if not the benefit of the doubt, at least the lack of doubt.

Still, Righetti’s reassignment, and those of bullpen coach Mark Gardner and assistant hitting coach Steve Decker, makes it clear that however the Giants want to avoid the use of the word “rebuilding,” they are indeed rebuilding – just not in the traditional new-players-for-old way.

General manager Bobby Evans made it clear without saying the words that Righetti’s messaging had lost its efficacy with the younger pitchers, who for the most part had not been part of the franchise’s most glorious times. And since the only pitchers still on the 40-man roster who had been with the club for its last World Series parade are Madison Bumgarner and Hunter Strickland, Evans clearly concluded that the message to the new staff needed to come from elsewhere.

Now this assumes that the problem with the Giants’ pitching was not the talent level or the execution, of course. Typically, it takes a lot for a manager or coach to screw up his job so profoundly that he needs to be replaced – mostly it’s considered an environmental matter that a new voice saying the old stuff is sufficient. It’s really more alchemy than science, and alchemy is fairly hit-or-miss.

But it is change where the Giants feel they can change; their four starters (Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore) and closer (Mark Melancon) are in for $70.8 million this coming year, so a full-on demolition is not cost effective, and the young’uns (Chris Stratton, Strickland, Cory Gearrin, Derek Law, et. al.) remain in that tenuous middle ground between dependable and disposable. In other words, there aren’t a lot of options for dramatic player change, and the Giants don’t look to be aggressive buyers in the off-season, crackpot Giancarlo Stanton rumors notwithstanding.

So this is the face of the Giants’ rebuild so far – Dave Righetti, Mark Gardner and Steve Decker. Make of the act and the circumstances of the release of the information what you will, but as it is neither the manager (Bruce Bochy is golden) or the players (who with only a few exceptions are decidedly meh, with a side of feh), it will have to do as the first answer to the question, “What do they intend to do about 64-98?"

I mean other than keeping a low profile about it.

Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

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Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.

Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.

The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.

Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.

As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.