SAN FRANCISCO -- Wednesday's parade put a cherry on top of another magnificent season for the Giants front office, and for a day, the team was content to simply celebrate. Soon, however, general manager Brian Sabean and his brain trust will snap back into action.
The Giants have nine free agents, several of whom were key members of the World Series run. Leadoff hitter Angel Pagan and No. 2 hitter Marco Scutaro both are free agents and are at the top of the offseason to-do list for Sabean and his staff. The Giants have indicated that bringing Pagan and Scutaro back are top priorities, but it could be difficult, especially with Pagan. The 31-year-old center fielder broke through in 2012, hitting .288 with 95 runs scored, 61 extra-base hits and 29 stolen bases.
Pagan said he loves San Francisco and the organization and hopes to come back, but when asked about his contract situation, said, "Now is a time for celebrating."
By Thursday it will be time to start negotiating. Players can start signing with other clubs on Saturday.
Scutaro joked that he already knows what he's looking for in a new deal.
"I want 15 years, three thousand-million dollars," he said, smiling. "How do you like me now?"
The Giants like him plenty. Scutaro's approach at the plate rubbed off on the rest of the lineup, and he hit .362 after being acquired from the Colorado Rockies at the trade deadline. Scutaro carried that success into the postseason
After winning his first title, Scutaro, 37, said he would like to return to San Francisco.
"Of course I want to come back," he said. "Sometimes there are things you can't control. I don't know what they're thinking or what other teams are thinking. I just have to wait. The only thing I can say is that I hope everything works out, because I want to come back."
Bringing Pagan and Scutaro back would keep the lineup intact, and the Giants have all five starting pitchers locked up. The bullpen is all but set, too, but Jeremy Affeldt is a free agent and could be one of the hottest names on the market after a strong regular season and scoreless postseason.
Affeldt, 33, who just had his third son, is looking for a multiyear deal.
"Hopefully we can work something out," he said. "This team has brought me a lot of joy for the last four years, and I can't complain one bit about anybody. (But) I've got a family. When you have a family and you have an opportunity, a one-year deal is definitely not something I'm going to do."
"Absolutely -- absolutely I want to stay," Pence said. "I love it here. Hopefully we can find something that works for both sides. I love the city, and I love playing for this team. I love the way the fans treat us here."
Pence made $10.4 million this season but struggled at times after being traded to the Giants, hitting just .219. Still, Pence is a two-time All-Star and has hit at least 20 homers in five straight seasons.