Found December 13, 2011 on Fangraphs:
Jeff Keppinger considers the meaning of freedom from atop a rocky mount. 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...

The Great Keppinger vs. Fontenot Debate Ends Tonight

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 am a...

Giants finalizing deal with reliever Mota

The San Francisco Giants are working to finalize a $1 million, one-year contract with free agent reliever Guillermo Mota to bring him back for a third season. The deal was close to done Wednesday, still pending a physical and final paperwork. Mota, a 38-year-old right-hander, has become a reliable option for manager Bruce Bochy. He went 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA in 52 appearances last...

Giants Re-Sign Guillermo Mota

John Heymen of and John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle are reporting the San Francisco Giants have re-signed the right-handed reliever Guillermo Mota to a one-year $1 million deal. Mota served as a back-of the bullpen reliever who pitched long, sometimes meaningless innings. He throws hard, strikes out a good chunk of the batters he faces, and he sweats a lot....

The Non-Tender Deadline

So this is the Giants’ offseason. The biggest remaining decision, Mike Fontenot or Jeff Keppinger, will be made today. And after today, the roster — give or take a spring training invitee — will just about be set. No Jimmy Rollins. No Jose Reyes. No Carlos Beltran. Not even a Rafael Furcal. In an effort to keep payroll down, the Giants are going the “Law of Averages” route...

On this date in Giants history — Dec. 13

2007: The Mitchell Report, a document of 409 pages as well as a paper trial of 115,000 copies of receipts, canceled checks, telephone records and e-mail messages, is released. The much anticipated investigative missive, the work of former Senator George Mitchell and his committee, calls the steroid era in the sport “a collective failure” and names 89 former and present big league...

Travis Ishikawa signs with Brewers

Ishikawa: the new Prince in Milwaukee? (AP Photo/Denis Poroy) Former Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa might have some big enormous shoes to fill. Ishi was signed to a minor league contract by the Milwaukee Brewers today, according to Jon Paul Morosi at FOX Sports. With current Milwaukee free agent first baseman Prince Fielder likely to sign with another ball club any day now...

Giants Tender Fontenot, Dump Keppinger, Whiteside

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...

#46: Is Madison Bumgarner underrated?

On June 21 of last season, Madison Bumgarner went out and exploded — but not in a good way. That day he last just 1/3 of an inning but faced 10 batters, nine of whom got hits and eight of whom scored. That outing did two things: ballooned his ERA from 3.21 to 4.06 and set up months of us trying to tell everyone how criminally underrated Bumgarner was. Question 46 in our top 100...

Giants re-sign veteran RHP Mota to one-year deal

The San Francisco re-signed veteran reliever Guillermo Mota to a one-year deal worth $1 million on Wednesday. Mota, 38, posted a 2-2 mark with a 3.81 ERA in 52 appearances last season. A 13-year veteran, Mota has posted a 39-44 mark with 10 saves and a 3.91 ERA in his career with the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Milwaukee...

Giants re-sign Fontenot, let Keppinger leave

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.

Eli’s coming (back)?

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. Nope. He really is open to re-signing Whitey...

Giants Notes & Quotes: Adios to Beltran, Ross

OFs Carlos Beltran and Cody Ross, both free agents, will not return to the Giants.
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