The Giants have eight free agents heading into this winter and this is how I see the decisions going down:
Aubrey Huff: 33-year old lefty swinging 1B Aubrey Huff played in 157 games for the Giants last season and he was 165 of 569 (.290 avg, .891 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 26 homers, 86 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. VERDICT: The Giants want Huff back and I think they will give him a nice raise and re-sign him.
Juan Uribe: 31-year old righty swinging SS/3B Juan Uribe seemed to almost always get the key hit for the Giants this year. He played in 148 games for the Giants last season and he was 129 of 521 (.248 avg, .749 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 24 homers and 85 RBIs. VERDICT: I think the Giants will try to bring him back on another 1-year deal.
Pat Burrell: 34-year old righty swinging LF Pat Burrell played in 96 games for the Giants last season and he was 77 of 289 (.266 avg, .872 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 18 homers and 51 RBIs. Burrell played in 120 games for the Rays & Giants this year and he was 94 of 373 (.252 avg, .817 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 20 homers and 64 RBIs. VERDICT: I think the Giants might bring back Burrell for 2011 but only if the price is right.
Edgar Renteria: 34-year old righty swinging shortstop played in 72 games for the Giants last season and he was 67 of 243 (.276 avg, .707 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 3 homers, 22 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Giants hold a $10.5 million dollar club option for 2011 with a buy out of $500K. VERDICT: I see the Giants buying out Renteria and I think he’s going to leave to try more P.T. in 2011.
Jose Guillen: 34-year old righty swinging RF Jose Guillen played in 42 games for the Giants and he was 34 of 128 (.266 avg, .692 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 15 RBIs. He played in 148 games for the Giants & Royals last season and he was 135 of 524 (.258 avg, .730 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 19 homers and 77 RBIs. VERDICT: Guillen could get a 50-game suspension by Major League Baseball in 2011 for getting shipments of HGH. The Giants won’t be bringing him back even if he’s willing to come to spring training on a minor league deal.
Jeremy Affeldt: 31-year old lefty reliever Jeremy Affeldt pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Giants last season and he was 4-3 with 4 saves, a 4.14 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. VERDICT: I see the Giants letting him go as they look solid from the left side of the pen in 2011 with Dan Runzler & Javier Lopez.
Guillermo Mota: 37-year old righty reliever Guillermo Mota pitched in 56 games (0 starts) for the Giants last year and he was 1-3 with 1 save, a 4.33 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. VERDICT: I see the Giants letting him go.
Dontrelle Willis: 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis pitched in 15 games (13 starts) with the D-Backs & Tigers last season and he was 2-3 with a 5.62 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP. VERDICT: With no room in the starting rotation the Giants shouldn’t mess with the former D-Train.