Indications were that the Giants weren't in the running for the other two premier free agents, first baseman Mark Teixeira and left fielder Manny Ramirez. Scott Boras, who represents both sluggers, made minimal remarks about the Giants' involvement. "I can only say that I've communicated with the baseball people of the Giants, as we always do," Boras said.Even free agents other than Sabathia, Teixeira and Ramirez won't be discounted. Beimel, who had a $1.925 million base salary with the Dodgers last season, and Cruz, who earned $1.9375 with the D-backs, can expect to significantly increase their annual wage. Nor will position players come cheaply. Furcal, 27, is coming off a three-year, $39 million deal with the Dodgers, although the injuries he has endured the last two years could temper his demands. McDowell expects that Blake, who earned $6.1 million last season, during which he was traded to the Dodgers, will get the three-year contract he seeks despite being 35. Signing Furcal likely would prompt the Giants to move Emmanuel Burriss to second base and try Kevin Frandsen at third. Acquiring Blake would make Pablo Sandoval the favorite to claim first base, with Travis Ishikawa and John Bowker providing competition. Yet the Giants would have some flexibility, given Blake's experience at first base and in the outfield. Representatives for other free agents who could fill the Giants' needs -- including infielder Edgar Renteria and relievers Brandon Lyon and Kyle Farnsworth -- said they hadn't been contacted by San Francisco as of Friday afternoon. The Giants have plenty of time to add such players to their shopping list. Last offseason, for example, the Los Angeles Angels signed center fielder Torii Hunter with a late offer that trumped all others. "I think other teams have gone to school on that and there will be a certain amount of that," one agent said. "What really means something is when offers start showing up."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.