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Scutaro decision much like Giants faced in 2011 with Huff

By TED SILLANPAA There’s no earthly reason to really be thinking about the world champion Giants’ 2013 season, but it appears some folks insist upon doing so. They’re wondering if the organization will pay to retain the services of second baseman Marco Scutaro and center fielder Angel Pagan. Given that the Giants kept the 2010 world championship in tact, built around a young pitching staff, there’s no reason to expect the organization to approach preparation for the upcoming season differently.… Read More »

Giants playoff roster: How many pitchers?

By TED SILLANPAA The Giants had 11 pitchers and 14 position players on the 2010 postseason roster. There’s no reason to think the club won’t do roughly the same thing this fall. The only real question in 2010 was whether or not to carry Barry Zito on the postseason roster. It wasn’t so much a tough call based on his performance, but rather based on the reality that professional sports franchises don’t typically bench and embarrass their most highly-paid players.… Read More »

Giants dismiss idea of Melky’s return; 4th starter no easy decision

By TED SILLANPAA It’s really trendy for Giants fans and the media to poo-poo the notion of bringing left fielder Melky Cabrera back to the active roster if the club’s still alive in the playoffs when his drug suspension ends. Similarly, everybody has an opinion on whether Ryan Vogelsong or Barry Zito should be the fourth starter in the postseason. The Giants have decided that they’re finished with Cabrera, even if they’re still playing when his drug-related suspension ends. I… Read More »