Originally written on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 10/10/11
Mlb_may_17_9bb5

Eighteen San Francisco Giants players are free agents or eligible for arbitration this winter. Below is the list, courtesy of Cots Contracts.

  • LHP Jeremy Affeldt — Giants can pay him $5 million in 2012 or buy him out for $500,000 and try to negotiate a cheaper deal.
  • OF Pat Burrell — Free agent.
  • RHP Santiago Casilla — Eligible for arbitration for the third time. Will become eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.
  • INF/OF Mark DeRosa — Free agent.
  • INF Mike Fontenot – Eligible for arbitration for the third time. Will be eligible for arbitration again after the 2013 season. Eligible to become a free agent after 2014.
  • RHP Tim Lincecum — Eligible for arbitration for the third time. Will be eligible for arbitration again after the 2013 season. Eligible to become a free agent after 2014.
  • LHP Javier Lopez — Free agent.
  • RHP Guillermo Mota — Free agent.
  • RHP Ramon Ramirez – Eligible for arbitration for the third time. Will become eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.
  • RHP Sergio Romo – Eligible for arbitration for the first time. Will be eligible for arbitration again after the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Eligible to become a free agent after 2015.
  • OF Cody Ross — Free agent.
  • OF Aaron Rowand — Designated for assignment. Giants still owe him $13.6 million in 2012.
  • LHP Jonathan Sanchez — Eligible for arbitration for the third time. Will become eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.
  • INF Pablo Sandoval – Eligible for arbitration for the first time. Will be eligible for arbitration again after the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Eligible to become a free agent after 2015.
  • OF Nate Schierholtz – Eligible for arbitration for the first time. Will be eligible for arbitration again after the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Eligible to become a free agent after 2015.
  • INF Miguel Tejada — Free agent. Giants don’t owe him squat.
  • OF Andres Torres — Eligible for arbitration for the second time. Will be eligible for arbitration again after the 2013 season. Eligible to become a free agent after 2014.
  • C Eli Whiteside – Eligible for arbitration for the first time. Will be eligible for arbitration again after the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Eligible to become a free agent after 2015.

A little about the arbitration process (courtesy MLB Trade Rumors):

Arbitration exists to help teams and players settle on contracts. The two sides usually come to an agreement without having to go to arbitration, but if they can’t, each side submits a figure and a panel of three arbitrators chooses one of them. Arbitration occurs in two different situations.

First, when a player has between three and six years service time or qualifies as a Super Two, he’s arbitration eligible, but isn’t yet free to negotiate with others teams. Here’s how arbitration works for players who have yet to hit free agency:

  • Generally speaking, teams can’t offer a player a deal worth less than 80% of the contract he had the year before.
  • Teams must offer contracts to players under team control by December 12th or see them become free agents.

Second, teams have to decide whether to offer free agents arbitration:

  • Teams must offer arbitration to departing free agents to receive compensation picks.
  • Teams are under no obligation to offer their free agents deals comparable to the ones they had in the previous season.
  • The deadline for offering arbitration to free agents is December 1st.
  • If a player signs with another team before December 1st, his former team still receives compensation picks.
  • If players don’t accept by December 7th, they can negotiate with any of the 30 teams. sf giants free agents 2012
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Mike Richards incident involved oxycodone

Report: Spurs, Leonard working on max deal

Ex-Cowboy indicted on sexual assault charges

Report: Kevin Love to meet with Lakers

Carli Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Auburn, Oregon to open 2019 season at AT&T Stadium

Butler can’t sign one-year contract unless it’s with Bulls

DeAndre Jordan wants 4-year deal, bigger offensive role

Kings reportedly looking into viability of firing Karl

Jim Brown: I ‘encourage and support’ Johnny Manziel

Vincent criticizes NFLPA over spending millions on lawsuits

Report: Pelicans sign Davis to five-year, $145M extension

Jose Aldo out of UFC 189, replaced by Chad Mendes

Landon Donovan takes shot at Jurgen Klinsmann

Hope Solo admits to using stalling tactics on penalty kick

Scottie Pippen: ‘I was LeBron James before LeBron James’

Feud between Scioscia and Dipoto makes Angels fascinating case study

WATCH: Jim Harbaugh throws out first pitch at Tigers game

MLB’s All-Star roster will now announced be over two days

Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad to the Blue Jackets

Blatter won’t attend World Cup final due to ‘personal reasons’

Sharks have found their starting goalie by acquiring Jones

Fan who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th says he’s received threats

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Michael Sam, boyfriend broke up?

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Reminiscing on 'Love & Basketball' 15 years later

Selecting the 2015 NL All-Stars

The Sixers' latest horde

Projected landing spots for NBA's top free agents

MLB changes format for Home Run Derby

Revis to work out with Patriots DBs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.