SAN FRANCISCO -- With their top offseason goal of solidifying the pitching staff effectively complete, the Giants are turning their attention to the one gaping hole left on their roster as they head into next week's winter meetings -- left field.

But general manager Brian Sabean also sent a clear message Wednesday about that objective: Don't get your hopes up too high.

During a conference call to announce that pitcher Ryan Vogelsong had passed his physical and officially signed a one-year contract to fill out the Giants' rotation, Sabean said the club isn't even monitoring the remaining big-ticket free agent outfielders such as Shin-Soo Choo or Carlos Beltran and probably won't make a splash in Orlando, Fla., site of the winter meetings that start Monday, or possibly beyond.

"We're open-minded, but I'm not optimistic that it's going to be a big piece or be anything earth-shattering," Sabean said regarding the left field situation.

Sabean didn't sound in a hurry to get something done, either. Something could eventuate at the winter meetings, he maintained, but he's not going to be in a panic if it doesn't.

"I don't know to what extent we're going to be satisfied, whether it's through the market or through trade," he said. "From the manager's standpoint, we'd like to have an everyday person out there, whether that be right-handed or left-handed. I don't know if that opportunity is going to present itself. I don't know if we're going to be able to fold that type of person into the budget.

"So we're going to have to be resourceful. It's going to be challenging, and it may take some time."

Asked about Choo and Beltran directly, Sabean essentially said no way.

"We don't want to hamstring ourselves presently or into the future with a long-term contract situation," he said. "As you know, to this point, we've given out $200 million contract extensions, and we're satisfied with the choices we've made. More so, some of these guys are tied to compensation, so the timing's not good. We're not going to give up a draft pick. It's not going to be a high-ticket item."

If there was any concrete news regarding the left field situation, it's that Brandon Belt won't be going there. Hypothetically, Belt moving to left would have opened up the offensive upgrade quest by expanding the thin free agent possibilities to first base. But Sabean said the Giants haven't discussed it. That leaves Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez as the only realistic in-house candidates at this point.

"We have no intention to move Belt, I guess that's the straightforward answer," Sabean said. "He's not going to play another position other than first base."

As for Vogelsong, the general manager said he was never too worried that the Giants would not bring him back even though they declined his $6.5 million option for 2014. The club simply had more pressing priorities to address before they could turn their attention to the 36-year-old right-hander.

"I knew in my heart that as things go, we'd find a way to get him back under a different contract scenario, and that's exactly what happened," Sabean said.

Vogelsong admitted he didn't understand the Giants' decision at first, even though he was 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 2013 and missed nearly three months with a broken finger.

"Obviously, when the option got declined, I was upset and more hurt than anything else," Vogelsong said. "But after taking a couple of days, gathering myself and kind of reading between the lines a little bit, San Francisco and this family was the best place for me and (wife) Nicole, and we were going to try to do what we needed to do to make things work and get back here. Being mad never gets anything accomplished."

Vogelsong signed a $5 million contract, but one that also includes incentives that could exceed the amount of the option and pay him as much as $7.5 million.

"To be honest, this whole deal isn't really about ego and money for me," he said. "This game never has been about that. The base is exactly what I wanted, and the incentive package gives me a chance to make some more money if I pitch the way that I'm supposed to."

Sabean said the Giants are still having internal conversations about whether to pursue more help for the bullpen outside the organization or define candidates from within.