Tuesday November 02, 2010 | 06:40 AM

Soon after the Giants began celebrating their World Series title, Sea Dogs scorekeeper Thom Hinton dropped me an email with, as always, his acute analysis:

Hinton claims that the Texas pitching was fine during the series. The Rangers threw 69 percent first-pitch strikes for 43 strikeouts (to the Giants' 65.5 percent and 31 strikeouts).

But look at the timely hitting: With runners in scoring position, the Giants batted .405, the Rangers .179.

Of course, the biggest clutch hitter was shortstop Edgar Renteria, he formerly of the Sea Dogs (as a Marlins affiliate) and the Red Sox. Renteria batted .412 in the series with two big home runs.

Now that the series is over, it's time to talk free agents, as well as players with options. Will Boston pick up David Ortiz's option? Adrian Beltre is sure to turn down his player option to seek greater fortune.

And will Boston sign either of its free agent catcher, Victor Martinez or Jason Varitek.

While I think Martinez is a key guy for Boston, the fact that the Red Sox initially proposed a two-year year to Martinez - one they had to know he would turn down - makes me suspicious that Boston will not go after Martinez hard.

And one note from the Arizona Fall League: Juan Carlos Linares, who may begin next season in Portland, is still hot, going 2-for-3 Monday. He's batting .417.

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