SAN FRANCISCO -- As he reviewed a disappointing season and previewed a crucial offseason, Giants general manager Brian Sabean spent much of his time talking about players he would like to keep and spots where the Giants can make additions. But when it comes to third base, Sabean hopes to see some subtraction. Pablo Sandoval is heading into the final year of his contract, and the Giants are still waiting to see a trimmer, fitter Panda.

"It's up to Pablo. We've seen the good, the bad and the ugly," Sabean said Friday. "He's on the last year of a contract and that either means stepping up for this organization and doing enough to have us want to keep him here, or getting himself ready for free agency and to move on.

"It's in his court now. We've done everything we could."

The Giants remain hopeful that Sandoval can be a big -- but not hefty -- part of the 2014 puzzle. "The sky is still the limit," Sabean said before a 7-3 win over the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park.

Sandoval showed his potential last October when he was named MVP of the World Series, but the production hasn't fully carried over. His .750 OPS this season is the second lowest of his career, but Sandoval has vowed to be in shape next spring.

On Friday, Sabean talked at length about many of the players who might again share the Scottsdale Stadium clubhouse with Sandoval. The Giants were negotiating late into the night with right fielder Hunter Pence, a pending free agent who won the "Willie Mac" Award as the team's most inspirational player. Pence said he got the sense that a new deal could be reached before Sunday's season finale.


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Sabean also said the Giants would soon begin negotiations with right-hander Tim Lincecum and that he would like to re-sign left-handed reliever Javier Lopez.

The G.M. said the Giants continue to discuss the possibility of picking up Ryan Vogelsong's $6.5 million option. Vogelsong has had a tough season that was interrupted by a finger fracture, but he gave up just two runs over six innings Friday.

"He's got some mileage, but this guy is a warrior," Sabean said. "He's forever found a way to reinvent himself. If anybody should get a pass with what didn't go right this year, it's certainly him."

There was plenty that didn't went wrong this year, but Sabean has pinpointed one main issue.

"I think it's pretty simple: We didn't have enough depth," he said. "Last year, we were seemingly able to overcome injuries and lack of performance. We didn't do that this year."

Sabean said it was early June when he realized the Giants would not defend their title. He believes the grind of two full postseasons in three years contributed to physical and mental fatigue that left the Giants searching for answers. The season has not gone as planned, but Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy said they're happy with the effort players have shown. The Giants have gone 19-13 since Aug. 24, posting the third best winning percentage in the National League.

Friday's win included a rare power show from a lineup that ranks second-to-last in the National League in homers. Brandon Belt and Juan Perez hit two-run homers, and Pence had a solo shot. Perez's homer was the first of his big league career, while Pence set a career-high with his 26th.

The victory assured that the Giants will not finish in last place, but the September surge hasn't wiped away memories of spending the majority of the second half in the cellar. Sabean said they would look to add some new blood.

"It's safe to say the window with the group at hand has closed," he said. "Now, we've got to create a new window immediately. That's the task at hand."

  • Pence's selection as the "Willie Mac" winner was no surprise. The right fielder has made 169 consecutive starts, missing just 16 innings this season while batting .282, driving in 94 runs and stealing 22 bases.

    "I have two goals: to go hard and to love every minute of it," Pence said during a short speech. "God, you didn't bless me with grace and very much style. But thank you for giving me heart and a chance."

  • Bochy announced that Guillermo Moscoso will start Sunday in place of Matt Cain, who will get extra rest heading into the offseason. Also, left-hander Jeremy Affeldt had sports hernia surgery this week. Affeldt had previously been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

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