Penny, Uribe turn down offers from Giants
General manager Brian Sabean said Friday the club made a one-year offer with incentives to Penny and a one-year offer with an option and buyout to Uribe, but both free agents declined. The
“In both cases you always want to put yourself on the other side,” Sabean said in a conference call. “I don’t know that they have enough information as to what they were hearing in the market to be able to react to our timing needs.”
One of Sabean’s top priorities heading into next week’s winter meetings in Indianapolis is the catcher spot, but he acknowledged it could take a while for that position to get settled.
The team’s brass discussed Posey this week and decided their 2008 first-round draft pick isn’t ready to be a full-time catcher in the majors. It sounds as if he will begin 2010 with Triple-A Fresno to gain more experience.
Posey hit .325 with 18 homers and 80 RBIs in the minors this year and spent seven games with San Francisco in September.
“We really had a lot of good input. The relative conclusion was that after his first full season and time in the big leagues and the Fall League, he was pretty whipped,” Sabean said. “By nature, he hasn’t played enough. It might be a tall order to ask him to do this. We’d like to get somebody, if we make the decision not to have him start the season, who’s more full-time and (Posey would) be in the position to earn it.”
Sabean said the
Penny joined the
The 31-year-old right-hander found a spot in the
Boston signed the two-time All-Star to a $5 million, one-year contract last winter after he spent four-plus seasons with the Los Angeles
Penny won 16 games for the
Uribe, 30, batted .289 with 16 home runs and 55 RBIs in 122 games for the