Originally written November 30, 2011 on The Giants Cove:
With contract extensions completed for General Manager Brian Sabean and Manager Bruce Bochy through 2013, the San Francisco Giants' management group is now free to fully concentrate another extension: playing baseball deep into October 2012.And that brings us to two related areas of interest: the team's 2012 payroll budget, and the final 2012 25-man roster might look like.  The first thing to understand about the Giants 2012 payroll "budget" is that it has virtually nothing to do with which players should be signed, whether or not more offense is needed, or any other on field consideration. That payroll figure is simply part of the team's overall projected expenditures for 2012, like purchasing toner for the office copy machines or the cost to keep the turf at AT&T Park in tip top shape. Among other things.In October 2011 the Giants announced their 2012 payroll "budget" would be $124 million. In November, the month that follows right after October...
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