Two pieces of news that will pre-curse this move.
Eugenio Velez was activated from the DL and optioned to Fresno. Edgar Renteria, who left last evenings game, has been put on the DL with a left biceps strain.
Which brings us to Mr. Fontenot. He was acquired just minutes ago from the oddly enough, in town Cubs in exchange for Low-A infielder Evan Crawford, according to Baggs. The Giants acquired their current second baseman last year in a similar fashion, picking up Freddy Sanchez from the in town Pittsburgh Pirates.
Fontenot has a .284 average in 84 games this year. He has one round tripper and 20 RBI in his 169 at-bats. Font had a bit of a rough season last year in Chicago, but, he’s proven to be an above average guy with the stick, hitting .305 and .278 in his previous two seasons.
Considering the lack of production from Sanchez and injury problems of Renteria this year, I’m a fan of the move. It’s certainly nothing spectacular or a season changing move, but, it does provide a solid MLB average bat off the bench for a team struggling with infield play (offensively). At the cost, why not?