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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.

Giants win first series of 2018 season thanks to Cueto, Longoria and Belt

Giants win first series of 2018 season thanks to Cueto, Longoria and Belt

BOX SCORE

ANAHEIM -- Brandon Belt hung in for an epic 21-pitch at-bat before flying out, but later homered to lead Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants over the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Sunday.

Belt fouled off 11 straight pitches from rookie right-hander Jaime Barria in the first inning in the majors' longest at-bat since records began in 1988. The previous high of 20 pitches in a plate appearance since 1988 was when Houston's Ricky Gutierrez struck out against Cleveland's Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, according to Retrosheet.

In all, the left-handed Belt peppered the crowd with 16 foul balls his first time up. He hit two long fouls down the right-field line before lining out to right fielder Kole Calhoun, ending an at-bat the Giants said lasted 12 minutes, 45 seconds.

It took nine pitches for Belt to work the count full, as he fouled off five pitches in the process. He swung and missed just once, and was greeted with high-fives when he returned to the dugout.

Angels pitching coach Charles Nagy made a mound visit to check on Barria (1-1) after Belt batted. Barria had thrown nine pitches to Joe Panik, who hit a leadoff single, before throwing 21 to Belt.

Belt singled and scored in the third and launched a leadoff homer to right against Blake Parker in the fifth. Belt saw a total of 38 pitches in his first three at-bats, then hit the first pitch his last two times up.

Cueto (2-0) allowed only two hits in six shutout innings against cleanup batter Shohei Ohtani and the Angels. Cueto took a no-hitter into the sixth and struck out seven.

Cueto twice fanned the lefty-hitting Ohtani by getting the Japanese two-way sensation to flail at change-ups. Cueto also struck out Mike Trout twice.

The Giants right-hander walked two, hit two batters and lowered his ERA in four starts to 0.35.

The Angels were scoreless until Trout hit a two-run homer in the eighth, his big league-leading ninth and his third in as many games. The opposite-field shot to right-center came off Cory Gearrin.

Los Angeles had runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth before Hunter Strickland got Ian Kinsler to fly out to center for his third save in five chances.

Kinsler led off the sixth with a single for the Angels' first hit. Ohtani singled with one out to load the bases, but Cueto got Luis Valbuena to ground into a 3-6-1 double play. Cueto excitedly pumped his right fist after taking the throw from shortstop Brandon Crawford.

Ohtani batted cleanup for the first time because Albert Pujols got his first day off this season. He finished 1 for 4.

Panik also had three hits apiece for the Giants, who took two of three for their first series win of the season.

Barria threw 49 pitches in the first inning. He loaded the bases on three singles with one out before retiring Evan Longoria and Pablo Sandoval.

Barria loaded the bases with no outs in the third before making way for Noe Ramirez. Joe Panik scored on Buster Posey's double-play ball and Evan Longoria followed with a two-run homer, his fourth.

Barria allowed two runs and six hits, struck out one and walked one. He got only six outs on 77 pitches.

OHTANI WATCH:
The 23-year-old threw a bullpen session some 90 minutes before first pitch and is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday at Houston. A blister on his right middle finger forced him out of his start after just two innings Tuesday night against Boston.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons suffered a bruised right forearm when he was hit by a pitch by Cueto in the second. He was replaced in the top of the third by Jefrey Marte.

UP NEXT:
Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (1-1, 2.22) is scheduled to start Monday night in the opener of a home three-game series with Washington, which counters with LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.49).

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 3.98) looks to go 3-0 on the road this season when he opens series at Houston versus UCLA product Gerrit Cole (2-0, 0.96).

Brandon Belt sets modern MLB record with 21-pitch at-bat

Brandon Belt sets modern MLB record with 21-pitch at-bat

ANAHEIM -- Brandon Belt of the San Francisco Giants saw 21 pitches in an epic plate appearance against Los Angeles Angels rookie right-hander Jaime Barria in the first inning Sunday, the most since records began in 1988.

The previous high of 20 pitches in a plate appearance since 1988 was when Houston's Ricky Gutierrez struck out against Cleveland's Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, according to Retrosheet.

The left-handed Belt peppered the crowd with plenty of souvenirs by fouling off 11 straight pitches, including two long fouls down the right-field line, before lining out to right fielder Kole Calhoun.

Belt was greeted with high-fives when he returned to the dugout.

It took nine pitches for Belt to work the count full, as he fouled off five pitches in the process. He swung and missed just once.

Angels pitching coach Charles Nagy made a mound visit to check on Barria after the Belt at-bat. Barria had thrown nine pitches to Joe Panik, who hit a leadoff single, before throwing 21 to Belt.

Barria threw 49 pitches in the first inning. He loaded the bases with one out before retiring Evan Longoria and Pablo Sandoval.