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01/22/11 1:13 PM EST
Torres, Giants agree to terms on one-year pact
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Andres Torres' perseverance resulted in a seven-figure wage Saturday as the Giants outfielder and leadoff hitter agreed to terms on a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. The Giants thus skirted arbitration hearings, which can be adversarial, with all eight players eligible for the process. Arbitration-eligible Giants who reached agreements besides Torres were outfielder Cody Ross ($6.3 million), left-hander Jonathan Sanchez ($3.7 million), left-hander Javier Lopez ($2.38 million), right-hander Ramon Ramirez ($1.65 million), right-hander Santiago Casilla ($1.3 million) and infielder Mike Fontenot ($1.05 million). Right-hander Chris Ray, also arbitration-eligible, was not tendered a contract. Torres is believed to have received $2.1 million, slightly below the midpoint between the $2.6 million he filed for Tuesday and San Francisco's $1.8 million submission. His 2011 salary represents almost a 400 percent increase over the $426,000 he played for last year. It's a handsome payoff for Torres, who spent most of 11 seasons in the Minor Leagues and dealt with ADD (attention deficit disorder) before joining the Giants in 2009. Torres, who turns 33 on Wednesday, hit .268 with 16 homers, 63 RBIs and 26 stolen bases last season. He also recorded an on-base percentage of .343 and a slugging percentage of .479. Torres proceeded to hit safely in all five World Series games while batting .276 overall in the postseason. Signing players with fewer than three years' service time who aren't arbitration-eligible is San Francisco's next economic challenge. This group includes National League Rookie of the Year Buster Posey and left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who went 7-6 in the regular season and 2-0 in the postseason. The Giants can essentially assign any salary they want to such players, though they run the risk of alienating a player with a contract figure that's ridiculously low.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.