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Giants shave list of arbitration eligibles

Giants shave list of arbitration eligibles

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants appeared destined to skirt salary-arbitration hearings with all six of their players eligible for the process, which would insure a peaceful end to their blissful offseason.

The reigning World Series champions announced agreements on one-year contracts Tuesday with outfielder Cody Ross ($6.3 million), left-hander Jonathan Sanchez ($3.7 million) and right-hander Ramon Ramirez ($1.65 million).

ESPN Deportes reported that the Giants settled with right-hander Santiago Casilla on terms of a one-year, $1.3 million contract. An industry source confirmed that mere procedural matters had delayed the finalizing of Casilla's deal.

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Moreover, Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said that he felt "very optimistic" about reaching accords with left-hander Javier Lopez and outfielder Andres Torres, with whom they exchanged proposed figures on one-year contracts -- a procedure that hastened the other deals.

Lopez filed for $2.875 million, compared to the Giants' offer of $2 million. Torres asked for $2.6 million; the Giants countered at $1.8 million. Players and teams frequently agree to split the difference in such instances.

"Anytime you have a chance to get something done without having to go to a third party to determine a settlement, you're pleased," Evans said.

Ross was named Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series after hitting .269 with 14 homers and 65 RBIs in the regular season. He earned $4.45 million last year.

Sanchez, who earned $2.1 million last year, is coming off a 13-9 finish with a 3.07 ERA. He also held opponents to a .204 batting average and 6.61 hits per nine innings, both Major League lows.

Ramirez (1-3, 2.99 ERA), who made $1.155 million a season ago, yielded only two earned runs in 27 innings after joining the Giants from Boston in a July 31 trade.

For $400,000, Casilla (7-2, 1.95 ERA) amassed 56 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings and stranded 41 of 47 inherited baserunners, the Majors' second-best ratio.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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