Originally posted on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 10/10/11

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
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