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Nothing particularly shocking here, but the Giants decided on Monday night to dump Jeff Keppinger and Eli Whiteside and tender Mike Fontenot.
reported that Keppinger and Whiteside were non-tendered, and that Fontenot was offered a one-year deal.
The logic on why the Giants did this? Cost and positional flexibility -- Fontenot is cheaper than Keppinger, and he can play multiple positions in the infield.
“I think the role that is available is going to involve a fair amount of time backing up at short with [Emmanuel] Burriss and Crawford," Giants VP Bobby Evans told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury-News. " Kep hasn’t played as much short since 2008 so there was a lean towards Fontenot with his experience the last couple years, particularly last year, and the satisfaction for what he can do defensively there.
"Keppinger is a utility player who can play first, second and third but our thought was our need will be at short.”
At first base, the Giants have Brandon Bel...
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The deadline to tender a contract to players eligible for arbitration is at midnight eastern time tonight and the Giants have a few decisions left to make.
The main event for tonight revolves around the Giants choosing between infielders Jeff Keppinger and Mike Fontenot as their backup second baseman/utility infielder. To me the choice really isn't that hard, I...
The verdict is out! The San Francisco Giants have decided to sign Mike Fontenot (1-year), and non-tender Jeff Keppinger.
From the comments left on SF Giants Rumors Facebook it sounds like a lot of fans wanted to see Keppinger back in a Giants uniform.
Keppinger came over to the Giants (July) from the Astros (traded for Henry Sosa and Jason Stoffel). He hit a combined .277...
The San Francisco Giants have signed infielder Mike Fontenot to a one-year deal, keeping him over second baseman Jeff Keppinger.
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Looks like jersey No. 22 (worn by Whiteside) is up for grabs again in San Francisco.
The non-tender deadline passed tonight with the San Francisco Giants declining to offer contracts to catcher Eli Whiteside and infielder Jeff Keppinger, officially making both arbitration-eligible players free agents.
The Giants have whittled their list of arbitration-eligible players down to 10...
The Giants are nearing a deal with catcher Eli Whiteside, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports (on Twitter). San Francisco non-tendered the 32-year-old Pro Star Management client Monday.
The Giants re-signed infielder Mike Fontenot to a one-year deal and offered contracts to nine of their other 11 arbitration-eligible players on Monday, vice president Bobby Evans said.
Preferring versatility over second-base insurance, the Giants agreed to terms with infielder Mike Fontenot on a one-year contract Monday and declined to tender contracts to infielder Jeff Keppinger and catcher Eli Whiteside, casting the pair into free agency.
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Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Offseason Notes.
1. Non-Tenders: A Top-Five List
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Venezuelan Winter League
3. Prospecting: John Sickels’ Top-20 List for Seattle
Non-Tenders: A Top-Five List
MLB Trade Rumors has complete lists of both the American...
The Giants solidified the status of 40 percent of their projected Opening Day roster Monday. For All-Stars Tim Lincecum and Pablo Sandoval, it was a formality. For backup Mike Fontenot, it was a validation. Of the 12...
Well, that didn’t last long.
Quicker than a Kim Kardashian divorce, the Giants are close to reuniting themselves with catcher Eli Whiteside, who they non-tendered Monday night, allowing the 32-year old to become a free agent.
When Giants GM Brian Sabean said the team would be open to re-signing him, I thought it was just Sabes being nice.
He really is open to re-signing Whitey...
With the addition of Mike Fontenot, the Giants looked done in terms of free agency. But they were not and they are now close to signing reliever Guillermo Mota to a one-year, $1 million deal.
No, it's not the sexiest deal. But it's, um, something?
Mota and the Giants, per MLB.com, agreed to terms and are simply waiting on a physical to bring the reliever back for a third...
The Giants solidified the status of 40 percent of their projected Opening Day roster on Monday. For All-Stars Tim Lincecum and Pablo Sandoval, it was a formality. For backup Mike Fontenot, it was a validation. Of the 12...