Giants Show Restraint With Roster Additions
Will Melky in home whites be enough of a spark?
Will Melky in home whites be enough of a spark?

Posted Jan 14, 2012


Switch-hitting outfielders Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan are the Giants' two biggest offensive additions. Not exactly Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes.

But for the Giants' purposes, they believe it's enough to include Cabrera and Pagan in a lineup with Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez -- both of whom missed most of last season with injuries -- and possibly a revived Aubrey Huff.

The Giants scored the NL's fewest runs last year, and they're adding Cabrera (who had the majors' fifth most hits in 2011) and Pagan (probably the new leadoff hitter) to replace outfielders Andres Torres (traded to the Mets for Pagan), Cody Ross (leaving as a free agent) and Pat Burrell (bound for retirement).

Also, Carlos Beltran is gone, a two-month rental as a Giant and now a Cardinal.

With the payroll set at $130 million and Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand (now an ex-Giant) taking up more than $30 million of that, there was little wiggle room to bring back Beltran or another top hitter, GM Brian Sabean said, especially with so much money earmarked toward the pitching staff.

Matt Cain will make $15 million, and Tim Lincecum could make $20 million in arbitration.

So Cabrera and Pagan it is. The Giants hope they'll be the difference in their postseason pursuit.


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