SAN FRANCISCO -- At the current rate, Melky Cabrera might be able to double his 2012 salary of $6 million by entering free agency this offseason.
But Cabrera, baseball's hottest hitter in May, insisted that pre-empting free agency by negotiating during the season for a contract extension doesn't concern him.
"I never think about that," Cabrera said. "I leave that to my agents. They're they ones who know. I never think about contracts, just about staying focused on baseball."
How much the Giants can spend in attemping to retain Cabrera is debatable. They already have nearly $81 million in salaries for 2013 committed to eight players, including Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Barry Zito, Pablo Sandoval, Javier Lopez, Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner. Moreover, like Cabrera, outfielder Angel Pagan also will be eligible for free agency after the season ends. And salary arbitration-eligible performers such as Buster Posey, Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla will be in line for significant wage increases.