It would be surprising if most of the seven return. Burrell could be retiring. DeRosa and Cabrera have nearly zero chance of returning. The only way Ross returns is by taking a huge cut from his $6.3 million salary. Beltran could price himself out of town. It would be no surprise if Lopez and Mota return.
ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: 3B Pablo Sandoval, CF Andres Torres, RF Nate Schierholtz, 2B Jeff Keppinger, C Eli Whiteside, INF Mike Fontenot, INF Emmanuel Burriss, RHP Ryan Vogelsong, LHP Jonathan Sanchez, RHP Sergio Romo, RHP Ramon Ramirez, RHP Santiago Casilla.
Lincecum will get a raise above the $13 million he made in 2011, and Sandoval will get a big bump because he's entering the arbitration process for the first time. Romo and Schierholtz are arbitration first-timers, too. Vogelsong probably deserves his first multiyear contract. Torres could return if the Giants don't find another center fielder. Jonathan Sanchez is iffy after making $4.8 million in 2011. Keppinger is insurance for Freddy Sanchez, who missed most of the season with a shoulder injury.
Zito, anyone? Didn't think so. In August, the Giants bought out the remaining $14 million on OF Aaron Rowand's contract. Will they eat the final two years of Zito's $126 million contract? If he sticks, he'll be no better than a candidate for the No. 5 rotation spot.
Affeldt would be added to the free agent list if the Giants don't exercise his $5 million option. His season ended in early September when he needed surgery after stabbing his right hand while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties.
--C Buster Posey (fractured left leg, torn left ankle ligaments) will resume rehab throughout the winter while expecting to be the Opening Day catcher in 2012.
--2B Freddy Sanchez (right shoulder surgery in August 2011) expects to be healed in time for spring training.