Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com is hearing that the San Francisco Giants are actively shopping a trio of players at the Winter Meetings; Andres Torres, Ramon Ramirez and Jeff Keppinger. The Giants were rumored to be looking to deal either Ramirez or fellow reliever Jeremy Affeldt this winter, and Knobler now says San Francisco is “planning to keep Affeldt”.
All three players are arbitration eligible, and the Giants are known to be looking for ways to cut salary in order to add offense for 2012. According to MLBTR.com, Keppinger, Torres and Ramirez are all expected to make between $2.3-2.7 million next season.
Torres has been the Giants primary center fielder over the past few seasons. Since joining San Francisco in 2009, Torres has hit at a solid clip of .252/.332/.436 with 50 extra base hits, 51 stolen bases and 164 runs scored over his 326 games played.
In 2011, Torres’ numbers dropped off. The 33-year-old only managed a line of .221/.312/.330 with 24 doubles, 50 runs scored and 19 stolen bases over his 112 games for the Giants.
Ramirez pitched well out of the Giants pen in 2011, maintaining an ERA of 2.62 and 1.165 WHIP over his 68 2/3 innings. Ramirez, 30, has held a career ERA and WHIP of 3.16 and 1.241 over his six major league seasons.
The Giants acquired Keppinger via trade from the Houston Astros last July. After posting an OPS of .755 over the first half of his season in Houston, Keppinger turned in an uninspiring mark of .618 as a member of the Giants. The 31-year-old has a career line of .281/.332/.388 and has played primarily at second base since 2010.
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