It's when you see number like “3 years” and “$13 million” quoted in stories about your veteran free agents, such as in this story from The San Francisco Chronicle, that you start to realize that there is no chance that Rich Aurilia will be playing for the Reds next season:
Also, according to sources:
-- The Giants continue to talk to Rich Aurilia, whom they view as a potential third or first baseman. Aurilia is hearing from a lot of teams but is considering strongly a return to San Francisco and a reunion with manager Bruce Bochy, whom Aurilia admired during his brief 2004 stint in San Diego.
Aurilia could benefit from the three-year, $13 million deal the Cubs gave Mark DeRosa. DeRosa is younger but Aurilia is more versatile.