The Giants typically have not commented on players they're trying to acquire through free agency or trade. But as last month's Winter Meetings ended, Sabean said that he and his staff would discuss whether to pursue Aurilia "to make the roster deeper."It might seem that the Giants wouldn't need Aurilia if they obtained a corner infielder -- particularly for third base, where they lack depth. Though Aurilia, 37, can play all four infield positions, all of his starts last season came at first base (49 games) or third (50). But Aurilia could prove handy if the Giants were to sign an injury-prone performer such as Crede, who has endured back problems, or Ty Wigginton, who hurt his groin last September. Aurilia's stability would become especially necessary if the Giants decided to use rookie Travis Ishikawa at first base and near-rookie Pablo Sandoval at third. Aurilia enjoyed a strong 2008 season, batting .283 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs. His .321 average against left-handed pitchers ranked 15th in the National League. The .277 lifetime hitter also ascended the charts of the Giants' all-time San Francisco-era leaders in hits (sixth, 1,200), games (sixth, 1,232), doubles (seventh, 230) and RBIs (10th, 558).
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.