"I don't worry about Scutaro as much as we really have to fill in the blanks what went haywire with Vogey," Sabean said. "He was so good for us last year. He's got some mileage but this guy's a warrior and he's forever found a way to reinvent himself."
Zito's $18 million option for 2014 won't be exercised, so he is to receive a $7 million buyout to end his $126 million, seven-year contract.
Lincecum, meanwhile, is prepared for whatever comes next, yet he made it clear he likes familiarity and would listen to the Giants first — and Sabean plans to make that happen soon.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been part of many special moments during his seven big league seasons.
"It'll always been the first World Series when we won it. That was the highlight," he said. "I've always tried to take the positives out of it, kind of hard not to. Going forward you've got to focus on that and get away from the negatives. Obviously, you want to reassess and try to fix whatever you can. I think the positive mindset is the biggest thing for me."
The Giants find themselves again challenging the mindset of third baseman Pablo Sandoval, last year's World Series MVP who will enter his contract year next season trying once again to maintain a healthy weight in what has become his biggest issue.
He batted .276 with 14 home runs and 78 RBIs.
"You're amazed when you look at the scoreboard and see the stats," Sabean said. "It hasn't been a full, complete or good year for him. The sky's still the limit and we're still waiting for that. We've seen the good, the bad and the ugly. He's on the last year of a contract and that either means stepping up for this organization and doing enough to want to have us keep him here, or get himself ready for free agency and move on. It's in his court now. We've done everything we could."
NOTES: The Giants and Pence agreed to a change in the way his new deal is spread out. He gets a $1 million signing bonus, $15 million next season and $18.5 million in each of the following four years.
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