PHILADELPHIA -- The Giants did not make any moves at Wednesday's trade deadline, holding onto free-agents-to-be Hunter Pence, Tim Lincecum and Javier Lopez. General manager Brian Sabean said the Giants never got close to making a deal, in large part because other clubs did not meet the high asking prices.
"We were in a position to have some leverage and we used the leverage," Sabean said. "We set the bar high and had specific returns in mind. People missed the mark -- people didn't even approach or get close to the mark. That was frustrating if not almost embarrassing that they would say they had interest, but in fact it would come back as marginal or less than marginal interest."
All three players were relieved to be staying, and Sabean said it's possible that the Giants would stray from their normal course and open in-season extension talks with some of their future free agents.
"We're dealing with three free agents that we want to-resign," Sabean said.
As the 4 p.m. Eastern deadline passed, Pence walked through the clubhouse, both hands raised. "Yes!" he said, before grabbing a bat and heading to the batting cages. Pence said he slept well and was confident that he would be staying all along. But in a tense clubhouse just before the deadline, many Giants expressed concern that Lopez would be dealt.
When the deadline passed, Lopez emerged from the back room, trying hard to hide a grin.
"This is the commitment I made to the organization to honor my contract and they've done the same, which is great," he said. "Today is a good day."