San Francisco Giants: Top 5 non-tendered free agents for Giants to consider

By Gary Oversen
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Feb 26, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants piching coach Dave Righetti visits the mound to speak with catcher Hector Sanchez (29) and pitcher Yusmeiro Petit (52) after Petit gave up four runs to the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports. Athletics won 10-5.

With most of their attention on improving the team, the San Francisco Giants have targeted some of the most expensive players in the game. But since the non-tender deadline passed, there could be a few new names to consider.

The Giants have put themselves in a very good position to consistently compete in the NL West for the foreseeable future. Having a string of very good draft choices helps a lot, as does having the fortune of getting a little lucky.

As we wait on the decision by Zack Greinke, let’s not forget about the old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. And that is specifically what the non-tender rule and rule 5 draft are for. It gives a player a chance to advance his career if its stalled. It also gives teams a chance to get younger and save some cash.

The Giants non-tendered two players at the deadline. Yusmeiro Petit was a very good, I take that back, excellent long-man. He was an arm you could depend on pretty much every day. The problem with him was his possible increase in salary did not justify his place on the pitching staff.

This is a common occurrence with his specific role. For all the trust you have in him in his role, there are normally cheaper alternatives. Plus if the Giants have any thoughts about bringing Tim Lincecum back, it will probably be with Petit’s role in mind. And Petit should find work pretty quickly, his arm is too good.

The other non-tender was Hector Sanchez. Sanchez was very similar to Pablo Sandoval early on. Both switch hitting catchers who relied on their bat more than their glove. Unfortunately for Sanchez, there wasn’t another position available for him to move to. Buster Posey wasn’t going anywhere, not that early in his career.

Now with both Andrew Susac and Trevor Brown showing the ability to handle the backup duties, he became expendable. Hopefully Sanchez will overcome the concussion issues he has dealt with. He should find a decent landing spot as a backup catcher in the bigs this year.

So now onto the shopping.

The team is set in the infield, but could definitely use some help in the outfield. Unfortunately, the non-tender deadline did not produce any true gems to fill the void out there. But there are some arms that are intriguing.

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