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Can the Giants return to the postseason in 2012? It all begins in Arizona.

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Spring Training 2012: San Francisco Giants Positional Battles

Heading into Spring Training, the Giants have some major questions at first base and about the health of Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez.

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Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants Agree To Three-Year Deal

In a season full of tough news for the San Francisco Giants, Kung Fu Panda will be sticking in the Bay for awhile longer.

Pablo Sandoval has agreed to a three year, $17.15 million deal that'll keep him with the Giants through 2014. The deal lands him $3.2 million in 2012, $5.7 million in 2013, and $8.25 million in 2014 according to Andrew Baggarly. All in all, it's a relatively cheap deal for the talented Giants infielder.

Sandoval struggled in 2010 during the run of the Giants toward a World Series championship, but recovered to form in 2011, notching him his first All-Star bid. The Giants need a hitter like Sandoval to complement the excellent pitching San Francisco currently has in order to make another run at a title. And of course it's always good to have the fan favorite and the Panda hats sticking around as well.

To discuss Sandoval and the Giants, head on over to McCovey Chronicles.

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San Francisco Giants Ink Melky Cabrera, Santiago Casilla to One-Year Contracts

The San Francisco Giants avoided arbitration with two other key pieces of their team as newly acquired outfielder Melky Cabrera and relief pitcher Santiago Casilla were both signed to new one-year deals, according to MLB Daily Dish.

Cabrera, 27, joins the Giants in his 8th season in the big leagues, and will get $6 million for his services in 2012. The Melkman hit a very solid .305/.339/.470 with 18 dingers and 20 stolen bags last season for the Kansas City Royals, making only $1.25 million. Not a bad pay raise, no?

As for Casillia, 31, he’s getting a nice bump in pay as well by earning $2.2 million in 2012, almost a million dollars more than he made in 2011. His new contract also has around $200,000 in performance bonuses. Casilla finished the season with a 1.74 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 51 2/3 innings pitched for the Black and Orange.

Some noteable names still on the arbitration docket for the Giants: Sergio Romo, Pablo Sandoval, and of course, Tim Lincecum.

For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.

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San Francisco Giants Sign Angel Pagan To One-Year, $4.85 Million Deal

The San Francisco Giants avoided arbitration with newly acquired outfielder Angel Pagan on Monday as both sides have agreed upon a one-year, $4.85 million deal according to the Associated Press's Janie McCauley.

Pagan, 30, batted .262 with seven home runs and 56 RBIs last season, taking over in center field after Carlos Beltran headed for the Giants midseason. His numbers were down from his 2010 posting of .290 BA, 11 hr and 69 RBI, but his switch-hitting abilities coupled with his speed make him a nice candidate for the lead-off spot the Giants have so desperately needed.

Pagan's deal also includes $150,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for reaching plate appearance benchmarks of 550, 600 and 650 respectfully. Still, Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly had another way to look at the signing of Pagan:

The Giants still have six arbitration eligible players left to deal with, including Tim Lincecum, so getting Pagan out of the way is at least one less thing to worry about for San Francisco. Lincecum and the Giants hit the negotiation table on Tuesday as both sides try to hash out some numbers in what should be a historic arbitration case for the two-time Cy Young award winner.

For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.

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