One of the Giants’ chief pitching targets is Tim Hudson. Two potential obstacles to signing him appear to be non-issues now. First, sources said, the Alabama native and Georgia resident is willing to move across the country again to pitch for the right team. Second, the Braves apparently offered him a contract with a significantly smaller salary than he earned last year, one he is not inclined to accept.

One American League executive’s jaw dropped when I told him what outfielder Marlon Byrd reportedly got from the Phillies in a deal this morning: two years, $16 million (reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York). It just goes to show how much money is out there and why the Giants are not prioritizing a bat at the moment. They are probably going to have to spend big in annual salary to sign two starters short-term, and their current budget does not leave GM Brian Sabean with a lot of extra cash to toss out.

Hall of Famer writer Peter Gammons, now with MLB Network, says the Giants are getting a lot of calls on Pablo Sandoval. In one sense, it would behoove the Giants to listen because his in the final year of his contract and he has had an injury history. But Peter has heard what I heard: The Giants are not inclined to trade him because they have no real alternatives at third base (Buster Posey is not moving there next year). Plus, the Giants have little power as it is and can’t afford to trade Sandoval’s power potential.