--RHP Guillermo Mota was close to re-signing as a free agent to provide right-handed relief depth alongside Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla. Mota had a 3.81 ERA in 52 outings and was to receive a major league contract. He entered spring training in 2011 as a non-roster invitee and stuck with the club.
--OF Andres Torres, traded with RHP Ramon Ramirez to the Mets for OF Angel Pagan, will be remembered as a key Giant in the team's road to the 2010 championship. Struggles in 2011, including with his health, were factors for his dismissal. Plus, he was arbitration eligible, and the Giants didn't want to pay him more than the $2.2 million he made last season when he probably was going to be a backup in 2012. "It's a great opportunity," Torres said. "I understand how the game works. I'll never forget San Francisco and all those beautiful moments. I want to thank the fans for their support and the Giants for giving me an opportunity. I spent a lot of years playing in the minors, and they saw something in me."
--OF Angel Pagan, the newest Giant, hit .262 with a .322 on-base percentage, seven homers, 56 RBI and 32 steals in 123 games with the Mets. Defensively, he made 10 errors in center. He called them "hustle errors" and vowed to remain aggressive as a Giant. Pagan was acquired from the Mets, with whom he mostly batted fifth. As a Giant, it's a good bet he'll lead off.
--2B Freddy Sanchez began his throwing program four months after his shoulder surgery, and Dave Groeschner said Sanchez should be available before the season opener, which was the original timetable.
BY THE NUMBERS: 9 -- Players from the Giants' 2010 World Series roster who are no longer with the team. Among the players on the list are Andres Torres, Juan Uribe, Edgar Renteria, Travis Ishikawa, Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Congratulations, Ron Santo. We'll toast him tonight. ... I'm very disappointed it didn't happen in his lifetime so he could enjoy it." -- Giants broadcaster and ex-Cub Mike Krukow on Ron Santo, who was elected to the Hall of Fame one year after his death.