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The Giants are shopping Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot

Mar 24, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

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Remember how I mentioned earlier that Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot were likely the favorites to share playing time at second base now that Freddy Sanchez is expected to begin the season on disabled list? Apparently not.

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Giants are telling teams that they are shopping both Theriot and Fontenot. It’s not clear who may have interest, but Stark mentions the Braves and Phillies as potential fits.

Why are the Giants so willing to trade these guys? Good question. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com was told today by a source that Emmanuel Burriss would be the Opening Day second baseman if the Giants had to choose right now.

Burriss, who is out of options this spring, is batting .436 (17-for-39) with five doubles, one triple, two RBI and five stolen bases during Cactus League action. However, the 27-year-old infieler owns a pretty lousy .250/.311/.281 batting line and a .592 OPS over 651 plate appearances in the major leagues.

Theriot is set to earn $1.25 million this season while Fontenot will make $1.05 million, but their contracts are non-guaranteed. The Giants will surely try to find a suitor over the next few days, but as Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle noted yesterday, they have the option to release either of them by March 29 and recoup three-quarters of their salary for 2012.

  1. sknut - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    the twins could also be an option as they are loo,ing for a backup middle infielder

  2. simon94022 - Mar 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Based on 39 spring training at bats?!? That is insane.

  3. paulsdamnblog - Mar 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    “Hello Ruben? Brian Sabean. I’m hearing your having a few problems…”

  4. paperlions - Mar 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Theriot or Fontenot are not the solution to anyone’s baseball problem.

    Why are the Giants willing to trade these guys?

    Gee, I don’t know. Could it be that they are among the worst players in the majors? I think that could be it. Good luck finding anyone willing to even give a bag of balls for one of these guys.

    • metalhead65 - Mar 24, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      I know one gm who not only will trade for him but include a prospect or 2 for him. that would jocketty in cincy where all washed up ex-cards go. with theriot in the fold he will be free to trade phillips since he won’t pay him what he is worth and thinks they can win without him.go ahead and laugh but don’t say I did not warn you.

  5. kingjoe1 - Mar 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    If Theriot is getting traded and the Phillies dont land him, they are morons.

    • phillyphreak - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      If the Phillies trade for Theriot I will poke my eyes out.

      • paperlions - Mar 25, 2012 at 6:17 AM

        As any true Philly Phan should, just be warned, he sounds just as bad on radio broadcasts as he looks on TV.

      • phillyphreak - Mar 25, 2012 at 8:33 AM

        Crap….

  6. stevincinci - Mar 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Can they be a closer? Heard the Reds are looking for one.

  7. jason1214 - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Congrats Giants, you’ve figured out what the Cubs, Cardinals and others already know, now good luck trading them

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