The San Francisco Giants are wasting no time getting back to business in the offseason. Following the conclusion of the General Manager Meetings this week, reports have surfaced that the Giants are nearing a three-year deal with reliever Jeremy Affeldt. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the deal could be worth $15 million to $20 million.
Affeldt has spent the last four seasons with the Giants, primarily working in the seventh or eighth inning as a left-handed specialist. He appeared in 67 games in 2012, tossing 63.1 innings with an ERA of 2.70. It was arguably the best season of his career, and now he is one of the more attractive relievers on the market.
General manager Brian Sabean has always focused on building a strong bullpen and it seems likely the two parties come to an agreement sooner rather than later. Securing a contract with Affeldt not only solidifies the bullpen, but also allows Sabean to shift his focus to improving the lineup.