Originally posted on NBC Bay Area  |  Last updated 10/15/11
As mentioned several times in this spot, the Giants are going to get attached to some big-name free agents ... before the free-agent bidding actually starts. Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes and CC Sabathia will all be considered targets for the Giants at one point in time -- some people think Sabathia already is! -- but the reality is that San Francisco is unlikely to be involved in any heavy pursuit of big-time free agents. As Chris Taft of MLB.com writes in a recent mailbag, there are just too many payroll constraints (of his own doing, but still) for Brian Sabean to pursue these guys. "But the reality is that payroll constraints will prevent them from bidding seriously for any of the free agents likely to receive nine-figure contracts -- Fielder, Pujols and perhaps shortstop Jose Reyes," Taft writes. "Add CC Sabathia to that list, assuming he opts out of his Yankees contract. He already has been linked to the Giants in at least one published rumor, though it's delusiona...
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