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Giants release Mike Fontenot, likely keeping Ryan Theriot

Mar 30, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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Mike Fontenot and San Francisco avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1.05 million deal in December, but the Giants have decided not to guarantee that salary by keeping him as a bench bat and instead released the veteran infielder.

Fontenot played poorly last season, but got into 85 games and logged 252 plate appearances. Barring a last-minute change Fontenot lost the utility infielder job to Ryan Theriot, who actually posted a lower OPS than he did last season and has a lower career mark.

Theriot has significantly more experience than Fontenot at shortstop, but at age 32 he’s far from a good option there.

On the other hand, the Giants are very familiar with Fontenot’s flaws after watching him every day for the past two seasons. They’ve only had a first-hand look at Theriot for a month. And the move to cut Fontenot saves them about $750,000.

  1. rastaraider - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    He will be missed

  2. ajcardsfan - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    “but the Giants have decided not to guaranteed that salary by keeping him as a bench bat and instead released the veteran infielder.”

    I’m sorry, but that’s a bit poorly written, this is coming from somebody that hated English class.I would try, “but the Giants have decided to forgo the guaranteed salary by keeping him as a bench bat, and instead, released the veteran infielder.”
    Just my two cents

    • jjschiller - Mar 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      It’s commonly referred to as a “typo;” short for “typographical error.” It’s a complicated concept, I know.

      But read the sentence again, without the letter “d” at the end of “guarantee.” Try it. It now reads:

      “Mike Fontenot and San Francisco avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1.05 million deal in December, but the Giants have decided not to guarantee that salary by keeping him as a bench bat and instead released the veteran infielder.”

      You might consider this a run-on sentence, sure, but that’s just a question of style.

      • ajcardsfan - Mar 30, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        Where’s a delete button when you need one so you don’t feel like an ass? Ah, well, too late, at least it’s Friday.

  3. meteor32 - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I always found Fontenot to be by far the more tolerable half of the Cajun connection when he and Theriot were both with the Cubs.

    • ptfu - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Theriot inspired an entirely new statistic (TOOTBLAN). How could Fontenot possibly match that? :-)

  4. Gamera the Brave - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Gritty and gutty only gets you so far, if you bat about .220…
    Seemed like a good guy, decent defense, but hasn’t shown he can help the anemic offense…

  5. Gamera the Brave - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    And TOOTBLAN!

  6. Gamera the Brave - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    And shortstop really isn’t the issue anyway – with young Crawford at SS, we have a solid defense, and holding our collective breaths on hitting. But Theriot can help out at second, depending on what happens with Sanchez, and can also backup Crawford in a pinch.

  7. jwbiii - Mar 30, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Speaking of recently released former Cub middle infielders, Bobby Hill was released when his team, the North American League Chico Outlaws, folded.

  8. jlhc5530 - Mar 31, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    This looks to be all about handedness; Fontenot was the odd lefty out off this roster lousy with sinisterers. No way he’s better than Theriot in sum offensive/defensive value. Ryan was laughably bad in the field last year.

  9. phillyphreak - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I’m just surprised that Fontenot wasn’t moved ahead of Belt on the depth chart…..

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