Major League Baseball's non-tender deadline is Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Pacific Time, when teams must decide whether or not to offer contracts to arbitration-eligible players.
The Giants have a six such players at a variety of positions in first baseman Brandon Belt, outfielder Gregor Blanco, shortstop Brandon Crawford, pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, catcher Hector Sanchez and utility player Travis Ishikawa.
Tender a contract and the Giants retain control over the player and can begin the arbitration process with the goal of negotiating a 2015 salary and avoiding an arbitration hearing. Non-tender a player and he immediately becomes a free agent.
Last year, the Giants and Belt came to a one-year, $2.9 million contract agreement barely eight hours before what would’ve been the club’s first arbitration hearing in a decade; they were defeated by catcher A.J. Pierzynski prior to the 2004 season.
Belt remains under club control for two seasons after this one. He can’t become a free agent until after the 2018 season.
After a hot start, the 26-year old dealt with injuries and finished the 2014 season with a .243 average, 12 home runs and 27 RBI in 61 games.
Belt has an projected 2015 arbitration salary of $3.4 million, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.
Blanco, 30, avoided arbitration last year with a one-year, $2.525 contract and hit .260 with five home runs, 38 RBI and 16 stolen bases.
His projected 2015 arbitration salary is $3.5 million.
Crawford, 27, hit .246 with 10 home runs and 69 RBI over 153 games last year after agreeing to a one-year, $560,000 contract for 2014. His grand slam helped the Giants defeat the Pirates in the Wild Card Game and start their World Series run.
His projected 2015 arbitration salary is $2.5 million.
Petit, 30, went 5-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 39 games last year on a one-year, $845,000 contract.
His projected 2015 arbitration salary is $1.6 million.
Sanchez, 25, dealt with concussions this year and hit .196 with three home runs and 28 RBI in 66 games on a one-year, $512,000 contract.
His projected 2015 arbitration salary is $1 million.
Ishikawa, 31, hit .274 with two home runs and 15 RBI over 47 games with the Giants. His three-run home run ended the Cardinals' season in the NLCS and propelled the Giants to the World Series.
His projected 2015 arbitration salary is $800,000.
*All 2014 projected arbitration salaries courtesy MLBTradeRumors.com