Originally posted on NBC Bay Area  |  Last updated 12/13/11
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 Belt, Aubrey Huff,...
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