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1B Brandon Belt is the first baseman, period. GM Brian Sabean said it, though manager Bruce Bochy didn't rule out Belt playing left field in a pinch. Belt emerged late last season as the No. 3 hitter, and Bochy wants to play him regularly. "With his growth in second half, you want to have him out there as much as you can," Bochy said. "We're going to give him a break, say a day game after a night game, facing (Clayton) Kershaw. First basemen like Belt, those guys should be able to play 150-plus games, no problem."

RHP Derek Law, 23, was named to the Arizona Fall League's top prospects team, one of two relievers chosen by the league's managers and coaches. He surrendered one unearned run and struck out 16 batters in 12 1/3 innings. In stops at three farm teams during the regular season, Law was 5-3 with a 2.31 ERA and 14 saves, topping out at Class A San Jose. He's a long shot to make the Giants' Opening Day roster, but GM Brian Sabean said, "You never know."

LHP Jeremy Affeldt recovered from sports hernia surgery performed in September, and he expected to begin playing catch in December. The 34-year veteran went 1-5 with a 3.74 ERA in 39 games last season, as the groin injury sidelined him for a lengthy stretch.

RHP Tim Hudson, coming off a foot injury, was scheduled to begin a throwing program in December, but he won't begin running until January. He should be ready to go for spring training.

2B Marco Scutaro (lower back soreness, mallet finger in left pinkie, inflamed left ring finger) missed the season's final two weeks. He had a pin removed from his pinkie after the season.

LF Michael Morse joined the San Francisco Giants as a free agent, landing a $6 million, one-year deal. Morse, 31, missed time last season with both a broken right pinkie and strained right quadriceps before returning from the disabled list in late July. The nine-year veteran batted .215 with 13 home runs and 27 RBIs in 88 games between the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles. Morse hit 31 homers for the Washington Nationals in 2011.

3B Pablo Sandoval is up for a possible contract extension. GM Brian Sabean said the Giants would be willing to talk extension if Sandoval, who can be a free agent after next season, reports to spring training in good shape. Sandoval has battled fitness and weight issues throughout his major league career. "If you've looked what happened recently with free agent position players," Sabean said, "a guy coming up on 27 years old, with two leagues involved, he's not going to be short on suitors, trust me. No matter what his weight is."

C Buster Posey is training to build a stronger lower body, making him more durable behind the plate. He played 148 games each of the past two seasons after his 2011 campaign was cut short by an ankle injury that occurred on a home-plate collision. Major League Baseball is looking to ban such collisions, possibly as soon as 2014.

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