Beltran wants to come back, but only if Giants get more bats
Can you blame him?
His exact words were, “I believe there should be a little more than [Posey and Sanchez]…we’ll be talking in the offseason. I want to hear from them. I want to hear their plans. And if it works out for both of us, it could be a possibility.”
That doesn’t sound very encouraging, Carlos.
Don’t expect the Giants to cater to the impending free agent during the winter (like they have during his rental time in San Francisco).
The team’s payroll is already expected to be upwards near $125 million next season (by some guesstimates) and you know Scott Boras (Beltran’s agent) is going to ask for the moon (and a few stars).
The Giants are still on the hook for the albatrossian contracts of Barry Zito (still owed $46 million through 2014) and Aaron Rowand (owed $13.6 million next season), plus pitchers Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain will earn more lucrative deals next season, too.
Cain’s salary is scheduled to jump from $7.3 million to $15.3 million next year, his final season before he becomes a free agent. Will San Francisco try to negotiate a long-term deal before he hits the market?
Lincecum is eligible for arbitration again next year and will fetch more than the $14 million he earned this season.
Meanwhile, Pablo Sandoval – who has been a bargain at $500,000 — is eligible for arbitration for the first time and will get a significant raise. The same goes for Sergio Romo, who made just $450,000 this season.
Nice knowing ya, Carlos. If you ever see that Zack Wheeler kid during your travels, wish him well for us, would ya?