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Will Santiago be back next season?

Three days after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, the Giants provided their fans with more bad news: Nearly $10 million might be slashed from the payroll. Say goodbye to most, if not all, those free agents.

"We're pretty much going to be in the mid-70 (million-dollar) range," said GM Brian Sabean, who calculated the 2002 payroll at "just south of 85." The Giants sold out most games at Pacific Bell Park and earned a few more dollars by advancing to the playoffs. But owner Peter Magowan insists the team lost money in 2002, so the plan is for the payroll to be trimmed. "The message that needs...

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