With news that the San Francisco Giants tendered contracts to each of their five arbitration candidates (Brandon Belt, Gregor Blanco, Joaquin Arias, Yusmeiro Petit and Tony Abreu), it probably shouldn’t be too hard to put together a 25-man roster that’ll at least be close to the one we’ll see on Opening Day.

 Gregor Blanco Giants Spring Training The Lineup

  • Angel Pagan – $10,250,000
  • Marco Scutaro – $6,670,000
  • Brandon Belt – $2,400,000 (est.)
  • Buster Posey – $11,280,000
  • Hunter Pence – $16,000,000
  • Pablo Sandoval – $8,000,000
  • Brandon Crawford – $1,000,000
  • Gregor Blanco – $2,300,000 (est)

Average age: 29.8

Salary: $58,000,000 (est)

Notes: Unless the Giants trade Sandoval, this looks to be set in stone, with Blanco getting most of the starts in a left field platoon.

The Bench

  • Joaquin Arias – $1,200,000 (est)
  • Tony Abreu – $700,000 (est)
  • Brett Pill – $500,000 (est)
  • Hector Sanchez – $500,000 (est)
  • Juan Perez – $480,000 (est)

Average age: 27.6

Salary: $3,400,000 (est)

Notes: It doesn’t appear the Giants will go after a veteran utility guy to spell Scutaro, so they’ll need Abreu to be a lot more durable than he was in 2013. Sanchez is a trade candidate, and the Giants could part ways with Pill if another backup outfielder impresses this Spring. Perez and Blanco would be a light-hitting platoon, but if the Giants don’t add another outfielder and are alright with giving up offense for outstanding defense and range in left field every day, Perez seems like the sensible choice (albeit one that will make the fans howl).

The Rotation

  • Madison Bumgarner – $3,950,000
  • Matt Cain – $20,830,000
  • Tim Hudson – $11,500,000
  • Tim Lincecum – $17,000,000
  • Ryan Vogelsong – $5,000,000

Average age: 31.4

Salary: $58,300,000

Notes: Nothing much to report here. Petit is the first guy in line if Vogelsong falters or any of the other starters gets hurt.

Heath Hembree SF GiantsThe Bullpen

  • Sergio Romo – $5,500,000
  • Santiago Casilla – $4,500,000
  • Javier Lopez – $4,300,000
  • Jeremy Affeldt – $6,000,000
  • Yusmeiro Petit – $1,300,000 (est)
  • Heath Hembree – $480,000 (est)
  • Jean Machi – $480,000 (est)

Average age: 31.6

Salary: $23,500,000 (est)

Notes: Those last two spots are hardly set in stone. The Giants could easily go with George Kontos or Jake Dunning. They recently added Jose De Paula and Erik Cordier, who could figure in as well. Spring Training performance will have a lot to do with the Giants’ decisions at the back of the pen.


Total average age: 29.2

Total payroll (including buyouts): $150,500,000 (est)

This is subject to change … I guess. There were a couple significant trades made yesterday, including the A’s acquiring Jim Johnson from the Orioles. So things could be heating up ahead of the Winter Meetings (where nothing will probably happen at all besides some martini lunches and cabernet dinners).

Regardless, the Giants are probably done with free agency unless a utility infielder or backup outfielder they like agrees to a short, cheap deal. Even then, the deal would probably have to be really inexpensive since the Giants’ payroll is already about 10% higher than last year’s. The roster could look pretty similar a year from now, as well — out of the nine guys making the most money annually, all of them except Sandoval are under contract for 2015.