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Tag:Brian Sabean
Posted on: April 7, 2009 9:44 am
Edited on: April 7, 2009 10:47 am

No Deadline For Lincecum Talks

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News spoke to several people about a possible long-term contract for Giants ace Tim Lincecum.

The team's president, Larry Baer, expressed a willingness to discuss an extension during the season.  Lincecum would also be fine with that, as he'll let his agent Rick Thurman handle the talks.  General manager Brian Sabean said he remains open to an extension for Lincecum, but admitted, "Going year to year may not be a bad option at this point."  Sabean referred to Lincecum extension talks as a "back-burner issue."

Sabean notes that Lincecum stands to get paid once he enters arbitration, anyway.  Baggarly says Lincecum profiles as a Super Two player after this season, meaning he'll go to arbitration four times in his career instead of the normal three.  Back in February, the Giants threw a few hundred thousand dollars in goodwill money toward Lincecum, signing him at $650K even though the pitcher and his agent had no say in it.  Baggarly talked to an industry source who believes a Lincecum extension would exceed Cole Hamels' three years and $20.5MM.  Hamels is also a Super Two, so his contract doesn't take him through all his arbitration years.

In another article, Baggarly talks about the possibility of an extension for Sabean.  New managing general partner Bill Neukom and Sabean have exchanged ideas about objectives for Sabean that could lead to a new contract.  Manager Bruce Bochy's contract is also up after the season.

Posted on: January 5, 2009 11:43 am
Edited on: January 5, 2009 4:56 pm

Odds and Ends: Andruw, Marquis, Coonelly

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Posted on: January 4, 2009 5:02 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2009 5:33 pm

Odds & Ends: Sabean, Yankees, Reds, Jones

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Posted on: December 27, 2008 7:58 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2008 8:16 pm

Giants Will Listen To Proposals Involving Sanchez

Now that the San Francisco Giants have lefty veteran Randy Johnson locked up, they are willing to listen to offers involving Jonathan Sanchez. Chris Haft of asked Giants general manager Brian Sabean about the possibility after signing Johnson.

From Haft:

"We're going to have to be open-minded," Sabean said, although he repeated that he wouldn't obtain a player who's eligible for free agency after 2009.

The Giants have been listed as one of the teams who might be a good trade partner with the New York Yankees for a corner outfielder, in particular Xavier Nady, but he doesn't meet Sabean's requirement regarding free agency. Nady's contract ends after the '09 season.

Posted on: December 4, 2008 6:54 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2008 7:10 pm

Sabean On Manny, Sabathia, Sanchez

Andrew Baggarly offers some quick points following a discussion with Giants GM Brian Sabean.

  • Manny Ramirez is not on the Giants' radar. Sabean says the team does not need another outfielder. Most would likely agree, with Fred Lewis, Aaron Rowand and Randy Winn all on the roster already.
  • Offers for CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira seem unlikely, but Sabean refuses to rule them out. However, Sabean also says: 1CWe 19re not out there swimming with the sharks. There are too many teams with more seemingly to offer financially than where we 19re at right now. 1D
  • Jonathan Sanchez isn't going to be traded for, as Baggarly calls it, "any old player." This comment appears to be referring to recent rumors surrounding a Sanchez-for-Jorge Cantu swap.
Posted on: October 9, 2008 1:01 am

Flexible Payroll For Giants?

New Giants managing partner Bill Neukom explained yesterday that his team is using an $80MM payroll as a placeholder, and GM Brian Sabean has been instructed to present him with several plans to field a competitive team in 2009.  He would not rule out large contracts for players such as C.C. Sabathia or Mark Teixeira.

Neukom added that he will decide whether to keep Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy around after next season.  Andrew Baggarly has the full transcript of Neukom's comments here.

Posted on: September 29, 2008 4:33 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2008 5:06 pm

Rosenthal's Latest: Mariners GM, Burnett

Check out Ken Rosenthal's Full Count video from last weekend.  Some highlights:

  • The Mariners are looking for fresh blood in their GM search.  A few names in the mix: Kim Ng, Jerry DiPoto, and Tony LaCava.  If the Mariners opt for experience they could try to lure Brian Cashman or even Brian Sabean.
  • Rosenthal notes that an offer of essentially four years, $54MM from the Jays won't cut it for A.J. Burnett.  Instead of $13.5MM a year, he'll receive $15-20MM per according to Rosenthal.  Ken sees the Yankees, Red Sox, and Mets in the mix if C.C. Sabathia winds up on the West Coast. 
  • Jeff Blair muses on Burnett in the Globe and Mail today.  He sees Burnett getting between $15-18MM per year, and more than the four years the Jays are willing to give.  Interesting note from Buster Olney last weekend - he says the Braves have been scouting Burnett closely.
Posted on: September 18, 2008 10:28 am

Giants Leaning Toward Sabean For '09

According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants' new managing general partner Bill Neukom is expected to retain GM Brian Sabean for 2009.  The decision hasn't been finalized though.  Andrew Baggarly expects Neukom to take his time to assess Sabean.

Craig Calcaterra weighs in on Schulman's article over at AOL Fanhouse. Click here to download a spreadsheet of Sabean's trade history.

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