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  1. The Phillies sign Yuniesky Betancourt to a minor league deal

    Jan 28, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    The Phillies have just announced that they’ve signed Yuniesky Betancourt to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training. Likely because Ruben Amaro wants me to be happy. Betancourt hit .228/.256/.400 with seven homers last season and over the course of his career he has been one of the most consistent out-creators in all…

  2. Cubs open to repairing relationship with Sammy Sosa

    Jan 20, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Sammy Sosa walked disgruntledly out of Wrigley Field in the middle of his final game with the Cubs back in October 2004. He was fined $87,400 for going AWOL and the Cubs traded him before the start of the 2005 season to the Orioles for Jerry Hairston Jr., Mike Fontenot and Dave Crouthers. The relationship…

  3. 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…

  4. The Phillies designate Mike Fontenot for assignment

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Philadelphia Phillies

    More Phillies leaving town: Mike Fontenot was just designated for assignment. Fontenot hit .289/.343/.340 with a home run, seven RBI in 47 games. Now he’ll work for food. Or a veteran’s minimum salary. Michael Martinez has been called up from Lehigh Valley to take his place on the roster.

  5. A kid pulled a Bartman in Minnesota last night

    Jun 13, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

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    I went to a Columbus Clippers game last Saturday. My seats were choice: first row, right at the dugout. The best part: being so close to the action and being just beyond the screen meant that I was in mortal fear of having my head taken off by a foul ball all game which, in…

  6. Freddy Galvis’ back injury sounds pretty serious

    Jun 9, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Freddy Galvis Getty

    Freddy Galvis was placed on the disabled list two days ago with what was termed as a lower back strain, but it turns out his injury is more serious than the vague description would have you believe. Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that Galvis may have a Pars fracture…

  7. Charlie Manuel: “we don’t scare nobody”

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Charlie Manuel let ‘er rip after yesterday’s sweep-securing loss to the Dodgers: “I thought we lost that edge quite a while ago, if you want to know the truth. We don’t scare nobody. I’ll tell you something, we used to have a swagger. We used to be kind of cocky in a real good way.…

  8. Freddy Galvis hits the disabled list

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Another Philly infielder goes down: Freddy Galvis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. He sustained the injury while batting last night.  The Phillies have called up Michael Martinez from Leigh Valley to take his place on the roster, though Mike Fontenot is likely to see most of the playing…

  9. Jimmy Rollins returns from paternity leave

    May 24, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    Jimmy Rollins is back with the Phillies after taking a paternity leave and will be in the lineup tonight against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Rollins ended up missing three games for the birth of his daughter, with Freddy Galvis shifting from second base to shortstop and Mike Fontenot drawing all three starts at second…

  10. The Phillies to sign Mike Fontenot

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Jim Bowden reports that the Phillies are going to sign Mike Fontenot to a minor league deal. Fontenot hit .227/.304/.377  for the Giants last year and remained with the team this spring because there is a little known law requiring him to be within three miles of Ryan Theriot at all times.  With this move, the…

  11. 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…

  12. The Giants are shopping Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot

    Mar 24, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Ryan Theriot Getty

    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…

  13. Ryan Vogelsong and Freddy Sanchez likely to begin season on the disabled list

    Mar 24, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Ryan Vogelsong and Freddy Sanchez are both making progress from their respective injuries, but neither are expected to be on the Giants’ active roster come Opening Day. Vogelsong was slowed in the early days of camp due to back spasms and just made his first appearance of the spring yesterday during a minor league game.…

  14. Giants worried Freddy Sanchez won’t be ready for opener

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Freddy Sanchez said throughout the offseason that he was optimistic about recovering from June shoulder surgery in time for Opening Day, but like so many “optimistic” updates from teams and players recently that’s now looking like wishful thinking. Sanchez missed the final three-plus months of last season and has yet to play second base this…

  15. Hector Sanchez adds two more homers in bid to make Giants

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Hector Sanchez

    No catcher has played in 100 major league games in his age-22 season since Brian McCann in 2006. Hector Sanchez probably won’t be the next — actually, Kansas City’s Salvador Perez figures to pull off the feat if he stays healthy this season — but he is bidding to make the Giants as a backup…

  16. Running down the rosters: San Francisco Giants

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:47 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey

    Coming off a disappointing 86-76 finish in 2011, the Giants’ big moves this winter were a pair of underwhelming trades: Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera and Andres Torres plus Ramon Ramirez for Angel Pagan. To say the least, they didn’t make the kind of splash their fans were hoping for (but have come not to…

  17. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

  18. Freddy Sanchez aiming to be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Shoulder surgery ended Freddy Sanchez‘s season in mid-June, but he’s under contract for $6 million in 2012 and said yesterday that he hopes to be in the Opening Day lineup. Sanchez told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s advanced to throwing from 60 feet, saying “the shoulder is coming along great” and…

  19. Tracking the non-tenders: Joe Saunders, Luke Scott, Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dec 13, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Luke Scott

    Here’s the official list of players non-tendered prior to the Monday midnight deadline: American League Baltimore: OF/DH Luke Scott, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Willie Eyre Scott went from hitting .284/.368/.535 during an excellent 2010 season to .220/.301/.402 in 209 at-bats during a 2011 season shortened by shoulder surgery. The Orioles could re-sign him for significantly less…

  20. Cubs trying to dump Alfonso Soriano on the Orioles

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Theo Epstein doesn’t want it. Maybe Dan Duquette will. According to the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers, the Cubs are willing to pay the “bulk” of the $54 milion that Alfonso Soriano is owed over the next three years in order to send him to Baltimore. It’d be the same journey once taken by another well-compensated…

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