San Francisco Giants Optimistic About Retaining Marco Scutaro

By Bryan Rose

October 31, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro (19) reacts to the crowd during the World Series victory parade at Market Street. The Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep to win the 2012 World Series. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

With one of their three key free agents already locked up in Jeremy Affeldt, the Giants have now set their eyes on keeping Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro in orange and black. And while Pagan might be the more difficult of the two to keep in town, it sounds as if the Giants are pretty confident that they’ll be able to keep Scutaro in the Bay.

Per Hank Schulman:

"According to multiple sources, the Giants are optimistic they can re-sign Scutaro, who delivered the World Series-clinching single in Detroit and, at 37, is not expecting to break the bank with his contract. He likely will get a two-year deal."

The Giants’ NLCS MVP has drawn a considerable amount of interest on the open market – not only as a second baseman, but teams have also shown interest in having him play third – something he’s only done a handful of times in recent years.

Still – at 37, teams are hesitant to overpay – namely in years, so assuming the Giants step to the plate and offer a fair two year deal, I’d expect the “Blockbuster” to re-sign without much issue shortly.

As for Angel Pagan – well – that’s a much more difficult (and expensive) sell. He stands to cash in and cash in heavily, given the lack of outfield market.