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Naimoli says Rosen will run things

Some notes and quotes about the San Francisco Giants:

The future may be uncertain, but plans are being made for the 1993 season. Tampa Bay group leader Vince Naimoli said last week that Giants president Al Rosen would run the team's baseball operations and Rosen is beginning to restructure the front office in any event.

Tony Siegle was promoted recently from director of minor league operations to assistant general manager. Siegle, 52, is a University of Miami graduate who has worked for the Astros, Brewers, Phillies, Padres and Angels.

Rosen also will have the opportunity to hire a new scouting director. Dave Nahabedian resigned from that post last week because he wanted to pursue other interests and did not want to accompany the team to Florida, according to a team spokesman.

Rosen, however, does not expect the Giants to make a play for any of the big-name free agents. Asked if Naimoli shared that view, Rosen said: "I haven't had that conversation, but I know what my very strong feelings are," Rosen said. "We've seen what happens when you sign free agents. You see what happens to the rest of your payroll." The Giants have made five recent free-agent signings _ Brett Butler, who worked out well; and Kevin Bass, Dave Righetti, Willie McGee and Bud Black, who didn't.

The Giants decided to pick up the 1993 option for second baseman Robby Thompson, who will return for an eighth year with the Giants and make $1.9-million.

Manager Roger Craig, who is under contract for next season at about $500,000, said he will make a decision about his plans soon after the sale issue is resolved. "It won't be long. I don't want to hold anybody up one way or the other," Craig said. "If I come back we've got a lot of decisions to make, and if I don't, they've got to find a new manager."

Several Giants will take part in winter ball. Pitcher Dave Burba and outfielder Darren Lewis will play in Venezuela. Outfielder Steve Hosey, infielder John Patterson and pitcher Kevin Rogers will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the new Arizona Fall League, along with Giants farmhands Eric Christopherson, Kevin McGehee and Dan Carlson.

_ MARC TOPKIN

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