SAN FRANCISCO -- As expected, the Giants offered salary arbitration to free-agent infielder Juan Uribe, their second-most prolific run producer during their World Series-winning season.Uribe, who batted .248 with 24 home runs and 85 RBIs, has until Tuesday to accept or reject the offer. He's likely to spurn arbitration, given what Giants general manager Brian Sabean described as a lively level of interest among other clubs. Sabean said that the Giants' talks with Uribe, who earned $3.25 million last season, were "active" but indicated that no deal appeared imminent. "I think both parties are willing to do something faster, but we're just not talking the same language yet, as far as ballpark figures," said Sabean, adding that the Giants have explored trade possibilities for another shortstop. Tampa Bay's Jason Bartlett, Kansas City's Yuniesky Betancourt and Boston's Marco Scutaro are among the shortstops said to be available through trade.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.