2011 is over for the San Francisco Giants. If you were like me, you celebrated midnight and changed the calendar to 2012 because the off-season has officially begun for the 2010 Champs. It’s no secret that what got the Gigantes to the ticker-tape parade was a wall of pitching dominance and timely hitting by gentlemen who would not shine the same way in 2011. The first order of business going into this off-season as Sabes said, is the pitching. With that said, let’s take a look at who’s on the list for 2012, arbitration eligible for a pay raise and who may be donning a different uni by the time Spring Training breaks:
Set Salaries in 2012
Barry Zito ($19MM in 2012)
Matt Cain ($15.333)
Brian Wilson ($8.5)
Madison Bumgarner ($450K in 2011, controlled through 2016)
Arbitration Eligible and Options
Tim Lincecum ($14MM in 2011, 2 years of arbitration left)
Jonathan Sanchez ($4.8 in 2011, 2 years left)
Ramon Ramirez ($1.65 in 2011, 2 years)
Santiago Casilla ($1.3 in 2011, 2 years)
Sergio Romo ($450K in 2011, 3 years)
Ryan Vogelsong (Under Team Control)
Jeremy Affeldt ($5MM option that could be declined)
Javier Lopez ($2,375MM in 2011, Free Agent)
Guillermo Mota ($925K in 2011, Free Agent)
Other dudes like Surkamp, Runzler, Edlefsen and Joaquin are under team control for a while (don’t ask me to define that).
The set salaries are already about $43MM. That’s almost $3MM short of the San Diego Padres’ 2011 payroll. I know what you’re thinking: “Those guys could probably still beat the Padres by themselves.” It’s actually $5MM more than the Royals 2011 payroll. Now you’re probably thinking, “Gosh, I could run an MLB team!”
Let’s dream and imagine everyone is brought back from the Arbitration list and do a little guessing for their 2012 salaries: Timmy ($19MM), Dirty ($6MM), Ramon ($2MM), Casilla ($3MM), Romo ($3.5MM), Vogey ($5MM), Affeldt ($4MM). That right there is an additional $42.5MM. We’re up to $85.5MM, and that number could be conservative, too.
If Lopez and Mota are brought back, I imagine they’ll combine for $5MM (Lopez 4 Mota 1), which would put the pitching staff at $90MM.
We haven’t even talked about the run-starved offense yet. This could get real interesting.