This year, they exceeded their budget with a $95 million payroll -- and they have six draft picks among the first 51 selections.
But Giants general manager Brian Sabean said the club wouldn't limit itself to cheap, signable players when the draft begins June 7. They plan to be aggressive, even if the player they like happens to be a Scott Boras client or a top high school player who plans to leverage his college scholarship.
"It'll be the best option on the board," Sabean said.
The Giants have a mother lode that rivals the A's "Moneyball" class of 2002, when the A's had seven picks among the first 39. The Giants pick three times in the first round (10, 22 and 29) and have three supplemental first-round selections (32, 43 and 51). Last year, it would have taken $6.975 million to sign the six players taken in those spots -- far exceeding what the Giants have spent in any draft.
The player most closely associated with the Giants is power-hitting infielder Beau Mills from Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), though Sabean said the draft is deepest in high school talent.
After the 51st choice, the Giants won't pick again until the fifth round. They lost their second, third and fourth round picks as compensation for signing free agents.
The last time the Giants had multiple first-round picks was in 2001, when they took Brad Hennessey (21st overall) and Noah Lowry (30th overall). Both became solid major league contributors, but the picks were criticized at the time because neither pitcher threw particularly hard and the picks were viewed as financially motivated.
Ortiz penned in
Right-hander Russ Ortiz, who was bumped to the bullpen by rookie Tim Lincecum, said he expects to be activated from the disabled list today. Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez is likely headed back to Triple-A Fresno.
Ortiz was a closer at the University of Oklahoma and in the minor leagues, but so much time has passed that Ortiz doubted he would have an advantage.
"Of course I'm not happy about it," said Ortiz, who was told he could pitch in any relief role.
Ray Durham received an extra day to rest his sore groin and manager Bruce Bochy hopes to return him to the lineup today. ... Rich Aurilia had an injection late Friday night to treat soreness in his neck and upper shoulder. He returned to the lineup Sunday and hit his second home run of the season. "I actually felt like I had something behind my swing today," he said.
--Andrew Baggarly, MediaNews staff