DALLAS -- In terms of player movement, the Giants' offseason has ended. That's an exaggeration, but only a mild one. General manager Brian Sabean said Wednesday that with guaranteed and projected salaries factored in, the Giants have hit their $130 million player payroll limit.
"We've pretty much gotten to the top of the budget," Sabean said.Sabean added that he and his lieutenants will continue to scour the free-agent lists for possible bargain acquisitions -- particularly after Monday's deadline for tendering contracts. Non-tendered players will be cast into the open market at that point. Sabean's most consuming task before that deadline will be determining which reserve infielder will be tendered a contract: Jeff Keppinger or Mike Fontenot. Either can back up second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who's attempting to recover from a dislocated right shoulder. Keppinger has been a regular more frequently during his career, but Fontenot can play shortstop and third base more frequently. Keppinger bats right-handed, while Fontenot hits left-handed. Keppinger would be the more expensive player, if the decision comes down to money. He earned $2.3 million last season, compared to Fontenot's $1.05 million.