Giants' starter search may include Santana, Hamels

San Francisco could still re-sign Vogelsong, Romo

Giants' starter search may include Santana, Hamels

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants were too busy to talk as they apparently intensified their search for a reliable starting pitcher Wednesday night.

Confirming multiple reports during the final full day of baseball's Winter Meetings, an industry source told MLB.com that the Giants were negotiating with free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana. Seeking a durable starter, the Giants were drawn to Santana, who has exceeded 200 innings in five of his 10 Major League seasons. Santana, who turns 32 on Friday, finished 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts -- and 196 innings -- for Atlanta this year.

According to various reports, the Giants also were exploring a trade for Philadelphia ace Cole Hamels, in the wake of their unsuccessful pursuit for free-agent left-hander Jon Lester. Acquiring Hamels likely would cost San Francisco a package of players consisting of top Minor League prospects and a Major Leaguer or two.

The Giants already have investigated trading for Dillon Gee of the Mets and Rick Porcello of the Tigers. The Gee reports proliferated earlier in the week, while another industry source confirmed talks regarding Porcello.

San Francisco also has not ruled out re-signing one of its own free-agent starters, right-hander Ryan Vogelsong. The Giants also are believed to favor re-signing reliever Sergio Romo, though he has attracted attention from the New York Yankees.

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In another pitching-related matter, agent Scott Boras arrived at the site of the Meetings and reiterated, among other things, that former Giants left-hander Barry Zito is working out in Houston with the intent of resuming his baseball career. Boras said Zito will throw for teams next month.

Boras claimed Zito has attracted "widespread" interest.

"I think his pedigree and his history and the fact that he's left-handed -- there's been a lot of clubs that certainly want to take a look at him in Spring Training," Boras said.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.