Giants want to wait on Winn extension
GM Sabean plans on constructing '09 roster before decision
LAS VEGAS -- The Winter Meetings aren't just about trades and free agency. The business of baseball also includes contract extensions, such as the one that the Giants have considered offering outfielder Randy Winn.But if the Giants decide to try to retain Winn, whose three-year, $23.25 million deal ends after the 2009 season, it won't happen here.
Craig Landis, Winn's agent, said that Giants general manager Brian Sabean wants to finish constructing a roster for next season before determining whether the 34-year-old fits in beyond that."We left the ball in the Giants' court," Landis said Monday. "I'm not worried about it. ... [Sabean] said, let's get through the free-agency period and we'll evaluate our position at that time and let you know. So that's where we are. We're on hold. We're not talking seriously. We never talked money." Winn has hit .298 for the Giants since they acquired him from Seattle in a July 2005 trade. He owned a .283 career average before that. As a result, the appreciation between Winn and the Giants is mutual. "He likes the Giants, he's a Bay Area guy and he's played very well for the Giants," Landis said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.