Giants nearing deals with 19 players



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are close to finalizing 2012 contracts with catcher Buster Posey, left-handed starter Madison Bumgarner and 17 others.

Bobby Evans, Giants vice president of baseball operations, says the one-year, non-guaranteed major league contracts will be completed Friday or Saturday. Others in the group with zero to three years’ service time are reliever Dan Runzler, shortstop Brandon Crawford, pitcher Eric Surkamp, and first basemen Brandon Belt and Brett Pill.

Posey is returning from a season-ending leg injury from a home-plate collision on May 25 with the Marlins’ Scott Cousins.

The 22-year-old Bumgarner went 13-13 with a 3.21 ERA in 204 2-3 innings last year in his first full season as a starter for San Francisco. He pitched eight shutout innings in Game 4 of the 2010 World Series against Texas as the Giants went on to capture their first championship since moving West in 1958.