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Rays sign infielder Mike Fontenot to minor league deal

Nov 29, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Shane Victorino, Mike Fontenot

Mike Fontenot, who was released by the Phillies in August, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rays.

Once upon a time Fontenot looked like a solid regular, but his stock has dipped dramatically in recent years. He got a late start in the majors and then hit .291 with an .826 OPS in 205 games through his first two seasons for the Cubs, but in four years since then he’s hit just .252 with a .686 OPS in 370 games.

He has experience at second base, third base, and shortstop, but at age 32 he’ll have to hit more to have any sort of significant big-league value. Tampa Bay also re-signed outfielder Rich Thompson to a minor-league deal and odds are he’ll be teammates with Fontenot at Triple-A.

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