Giants pick up options on Bumgarner, Moore and Sandoval as they gear up for critical offseason

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Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier, a free agent whose right-handed power could be a fit for the Giants, cannot be extended a qualifying offer because he was traded midseason. The same applies for outfielder Jay Bruce, another free agent that figures to interest the Giants on some level.

Arizona outfielder J.D. Martinez, the highest profile power hitter on the free-agent market, also could be attractive because he will lack a qualifying offer after being traded by the Tigers in July. But Martinez is not an ideal fit for the Giants because he is a subpar outfielder. The Giants also would have difficulty competing for Martinez in a robust market that will include interest from American League clubs that can pursue longer term agreements because of the ability to use him as a designated hitter.

The Giants have more internal options to round out a bullpen that will count on a healthy Mark Melancon and Will Smith in addition to Sam Dyson at the back end. But Sabean indicated that improvement would be sought from the outside world.

No matter how much or how little the Giants are able to refurbish the roster, they know that none of it will matter unless their veteran rotation, anchored by a healthier Bumgarner and Cueto, is able to return to top form. Sabean echoed Young, who said on the conference call that the rotation's durability is what most excites him.

"Well it's our bread and butter, and I think Curt painted the right picture," Sabean said. "We're excited about the workload hopefully they can take on and endure through the next year. It's really a must for us. Our starting pitching has been our mantra, and we also know we have to fortify the bullpen. We look at last year as an aberration driven by injury."


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