According to a source close to the team, the San Francisco Giants are either near a deal or have reached an agreement (pending physical) with Jeremy Affeldt for three years at $18 million, and are very close to a signing Marco Scutaro for $12 million over two years.
The Affeldt deal will probably be announced shortly, since Bob Nightengale already tweeted about it. Yes, the same Nightengale who was roasted in this space a couple weeks ago for predicting the Giants would fall to the Detroit Tigers in the World Series in five games. Nightengale’s postseason predictions may not always be the best, but he’s usually very solid when it comes to reporting news like this.
3/$18MM is significant money for a middle reliever, but Affeldt was primed for a raise after pitching amazingly well at the end of the season. Throw in the Dodgers signing 29-year-old Brandon League to a three-year, $22.5 million extension, and the 33-year-old lefty was in an enviable position. In four years with the Giants, Affeldt has a 2.73 ERA and didn’t appear to be slowing down — he allowed only one home run over 63.1 innings during the regular season and didn’t allow a run during the postseason.
Scutaro made a great case for himself by virtually refusing to swing and miss from the minute the Giants traded Charlie Culberson to get him, a deal that already ranks in Brian Sabean’s personal Top 10, if not Top 5 since joining the Giants after the 1996 season. As Grant Brisbee wrote recently, there was no way the Giants were going to go into next season without Scutaro at second base.
There will be a Marco Scutaro bobblehead day. There will be Marco Scutaro shirts and shirseys. There will be downloadable Marco Scutaro screensavers that look like this:
These are things the Giants can expect that other teams can’t. If, say, the Blue Jays decide they want Scutaro back to play second, they’ll have to outbid a rich team still drunk from the World Series, and they won’t have any of the merchandising perks that go along with it.
I want a Marco Scutaro bobblehead. You do too. The Giants know this.
Yes, that GIF was a part of the specific McCovey Chronicles passage I quoted. Feels wrong to remove it, ya know?
If these reports we’re hearing are true, the next round of business now that Sabean has publicly guaranteed Hunter Pence will be back is to see what’s up with Angel Pagan. We’re hearing that he’s looking for something in the five-year, $60 million range. Yes, Aaron Rowand money. It’ll be interesting to see if the Giants extend themselves to such a degree with Pagan after giving raises to Affeldt and Scutaro, who look like they’ll be back.
– Bay Area Stats Guy contributed to this report.