Editor's note: This story originally was published on Oct. 13 but has been updated slightly ahead of Wednesday's non-tender deadline.
It's unclear how many teams have the green light to spend as they normally would this offseason, but Christmas will come early for those that do. Teams have until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, and what is usually a rather uneventful day on the calendar has taken on extra importance.
This is, unfortunately, expected to be a bit of a bloodbath for players. With MLB coming off a season with no fans, front offices are looking for any ways to save money, and the expectation is that some big names might get cut loose as teams aim to avoid arbitration and salary increases. Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs and Gary Sanchez of the Yankees are the types of names we're talking about here, but in San Francisco, there will be far less drama.
A year after they made waves by non-tendering Kevin Pillar, the Giants have 10 arbitration-eligible players and some interesting decisions to make. But they don't have a surefire starter who is a candidate to get non-tendered. MLB Trade Rumors does a fantastic job of estimating arbitration salaries (this year they gave multiple numbers to account for uncertainty regarding how the process will view a 60-game season) and the site doesn't have a Giant projected at over $4.3 million.
Farhan Zaidi and Scott Harris will be making smaller decisions than some rivals, and then the fun starts. The Giants should see plenty of new options as players are non-tendered elsewhere, and that possibility could lead them to make an extra cut or two of their own to open up roster spots.
Before we get into that, here's a look at the 10 arbitration-eligible Giants, their salary projections, and what the Giants might do: