As the Winter Meetings get underway, it's become apparent that the Giants won't be big spenders. Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins have long been out of the picture, and even Carlos Beltran seems unlikely to re-sign with San Francisco. As of now, the Giants are likely focused on addressing one thing: retaining their pitching. That means negotiating long-term deals with Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain.
Twitter / @SI_JonHeyman: Giants seek middle ground with Lincecum
"#sfgiants seek middle ground w/ lincecum. 1st bid months ago was 4 yrs, he'd like 8. Tim ok w/1 or 2 yrs too. in line for $18-20M via arb"
San Francisco Giants will avoid luxury items at winter meetings - San Jose Mercury News
"With a mandate from ownership to stay away from long-term contracts, Giants general manager Brian Sabean is looking at lesser targets to contribute in positions of need."
Visually comparing free agent shortstops | Bay City Ball – A Giants Blog
A graphical comparison of the San Francisco Giants' free agent shortstop options.
Winter meetings could shape A's, Giants outfields - John Shea
"As it stands, Melky Cabrera, a Giant all of four weeks, is the only guy on either side of the Bay with a set job in 2012, whether it's in center or left. Nate Schierholtz is a decent choice for right, and a third outfielder could come through free agency, perhaps Carlos Beltran."