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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .233 3 23 21 2 .236 0.2
Birth Date6-9-1980
Height5' 9"
Weight165 lbs
Age34 years, 4 months, 16 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.52010
0.82011
0.12012
2013
0.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 CHN 25 7 5 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .600 .000 .337 1.9 0.0 0.2
2007 CHN 27 86 260 234 32 65 12 4 3 94 22 43 0 3 1 29 5 4 .278 .336 .402 .246 5.7 -0.2 0.5
2008 CHN 28 119 284 243 42 74 22 1 9 125 34 51 3 1 3 40 2 0 .305 .395 .514 .313 24.1 -1.0 2.3
2009 CHN 29 135 419 377 38 89 22 2 9 142 35 83 2 5 0 43 4 1 .236 .301 .377 .244 1.2 1.2 0.2
2010 CHN 30 75 185 169 14 48 11 3 1 68 10 28 3 2 1 20 1 2 .284 .332 .402 .262 3.5 -1.2 0.2
2010 SFN 30 28 76 71 10 20 2 0 0 22 5 13 0 0 0 5 0 2 .282 .329 .310 .251 2.0 0.3 0.2
2011 SFN 31 85 252 220 22 50 15 3 4 83 25 48 1 4 2 21 5 1 .227 .304 .377 .253 8.2 -0.8 0.8
2012 PHI 32 47 105 97 13 28 2 0 1 33 7 23 1 0 0 5 0 1 .289 .343 .340 .244 1.0 0.1 0.1
Career58215861413175374861327567140289111571631711.265.332.401.26147.7-1.54.7

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2002 FRD A+ 122 547 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOW AA 126 515 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .381 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OTT AAA 136 590 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .337 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHN MLB 7 5 .337 .251 .311 .370 .257 .000 94 0.4 0.1 0 0.0 1.3 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2005 IOW AAA 111 449 .286 .270 .344 .425 .269 .324 97 9.4 9.9 -0.1 -3.4 -0.3 17.7 1.3 17.7 1.3
2006 IOW AAA 111 418 .296 .271 .341 .412 .265 .339 99 15.4 11.7 -0.5 4.4 -1.7 26.4 3.0 26.4 3.0
2007 CHN MLB 86 260 .246 .267 .328 .418 .255 .325 103 -4 7.7 -0.2 -0.2 2.2 5.7 0.5 5.7 0.5
2007 IOW AAA 55 231 .286 .276 .345 .427 .263 .371 108 6.7 6.9 1.2 1.6 1.9 18.5 1.9 18.5 1.9
2008 CHN MLB 119 284 .313 .263 .327 .419 .261 .353 103 16.3 8.2 -0.3 -1.0 1.1 24.1 2.3 24.1 2.3
2009 CHN MLB 135 419 .244 .262 .332 .424 .267 .276 98 -7.1 12.1 0.3 1.2 -4.6 1.2 0.2 1.2 0.2
2010 CHN MLB 75 185 .262 .262 .324 .415 .268 .331 99 0.4 5.1 0.1 -1.2 -0.3 3.5 0.2 3.5 0.2
2010 SFN MLB 28 76 .251 .245 .309 .373 .253 .345 90 -0.7 2.1 0.2 0.3 0.5 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2011 SFN MLB 85 252 .253 .250 .314 .392 .259 .267 90 -1.7 6.8 1.6 -0.8 2.2 8.2 0.8 8.2 0.8
2011 FRE AAA 10 37 .205 .300 .383 .466 .285 .222 98 -2.4 1.1 0 -1.2 -0.3 -1.8 -0.3 -1.8 -0.3
2012 PHI MLB 47 105 .244 .252 .314 .401 .257 .370 103 -1.7 2.9 0.1 0.1 0.7 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2012 LEH AAA 16 58 .289 .248 .317 .381 .247 .375 97 1.9 1.7 0.1 -0.8 -0.3 4.3 0.4 4.3 0.4
2013 DUR AAA 120 472 .240 .258 .329 .390 .257 .322 109 -10.3 13.5 0 -2.2 -1.2 3.6 0.1 3.6 0.1
2014 DUR AAA 113 455 .250 .262 .334 .397 .255 .341 103 -5.4 13.6 -2 0.4 -3.1 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2002 FRD A+ 547 61 127 16 4 8 53 42 117 13 9 .264 .330 .364 .100 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOW AA 515 63 146 24 5 12 66 50 89 16 5 .325 .399 .481 .156 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OTT AAA 590 73 146 30 10 8 49 48 111 14 7 .279 .347 .420 .141 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 IOW AAA 449 60 103 22 10 6 39 59 77 3 2 .272 .376 .430 .158 .286 17.7 -3.4 1.3
2005 CHN MLB 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .000 .600 .000 .000 .337 1.9 0.0 0.2
2006 IOW AAA 418 54 107 28 2 8 36 47 64 5 4 .296 .378 .450 .155 .296 26.4 4.4 3.0
2007 CHN MLB 260 32 65 12 4 3 29 22 43 5 4 .278 .336 .402 .124 .246 5.7 -0.2 0.5
2007 IOW AAA 231 46 71 17 4 6 34 16 32 3 1 .336 .383 .540 .204 .286 18.5 1.6 1.9
2008 CHN MLB 284 42 74 22 1 9 40 34 51 2 0 .305 .395 .514 .210 .313 24.1 -1.0 2.3
2009 CHN MLB 419 38 89 22 2 9 43 35 83 4 1 .236 .301 .377 .141 .244 1.2 1.2 0.2
2010 CHN MLB 185 14 48 11 3 1 20 10 28 1 2 .284 .332 .402 .118 .262 3.5 -1.2 0.2
2010 SFN MLB 76 10 20 2 0 0 5 5 13 0 2 .282 .329 .310 .028 .251 2.0 0.3 0.2
2011 FRE AAA 37 5 7 0 0 1 3 5 4 0 0 .219 .324 .312 .094 .205 -1.8 -1.2 -0.3
2011 SFN MLB 252 22 50 15 3 4 21 25 48 5 1 .227 .304 .377 .150 .253 8.2 -0.8 0.8
2012 LEH AAA 58 5 16 6 0 1 7 5 11 0 0 .308 .368 .481 .173 .289 4.3 -0.8 0.4
2012 PHI MLB 105 13 28 2 0 1 5 7 23 0 1 .289 .343 .340 .052 .244 1.0 0.1 0.1
2013 DUR AAA 472 53 110 32 2 4 42 37 87 6 1 .264 .335 .379 .115 .240 3.6 -2.2 0.1
2014 DUR AAA 455 35 110 24 1 3 48 43 85 5 2 .276 .350 .364 .088 .250 1.0 0.4 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1080 0.5074 0.4161 0.8151 0.5912 0.2350 0.8704 0.6720 0.1826
2009 1653 0.5330 0.4545 0.8213 0.6390 0.2422 0.8632 0.6952 0.1760
2010 1001 0.5085 0.4700 0.8383 0.6523 0.2805 0.9247 0.6304 0.1617
2011 1006 0.5249 0.4327 0.8341 0.5928 0.2531 0.9010 0.6612 0.1636
2012 396 0.5530 0.4456 0.7898 0.5708 0.2881 0.8800 0.5686 0.2045
Career51360.52280.44450.82340.61720.25380.88540.66130.1744

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-05-26 2011-07-08 15-DL 43 41 Groin Strain -
2010-03-05 2010-03-07 Camp 2 0 Right Shoulder Strain -
2008-04-05 2008-04-05 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 TBA $
2013 TBA $
2012 SFN $259,615
2011 SFN $1,050,000
2010 CHN $1,000,000
2009 CHN $430,000
2008 CHN $405,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$3,144,615
5 yrTotal$3,144,615

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 53 dParagon Sports1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Washington as a free agent 1/8/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Washington 3/26/14. Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 3/27/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 11/29/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$1.05M (2012). Re-signed by San Francisco 12/13/11 (avoided arbitration). Released by San Francisco 3/30/12 (due 60 days' salary, about $259,615). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 4/13/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 5/12/12. DFA by Philadelphia 8/1/12.
  • 1 year/$1.05M (2011). Re-signed by San Francisco 12/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1M (2010). Re-signed 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by San Francisco in trade from Chicago Cubs 8/11/10.
  • 1 year/$0.43M (2009). Re-signed 2/25/09.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2008).
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased 5/15/07.
  • Drafted 1999 (21-625).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 511 54 130 28 2 6 49 42 92 6 2 .286 .348 .400 .273 23.9 2B -2, SS -2 2.3
80o 490 49 120 26 2 6 45 38 91 5 2 .271 .331 .378 .260 16.6 2B -1, SS -2 1.5
70o 475 46 111 24 2 5 42 35 90 5 2 .260 .319 .363 .250 11.7 2B -1, SS -2 1.0
60o 462 44 106 23 2 5 40 33 89 4 2 .251 .308 .350 .242 7.7 2B -1, SS -2 0.5
50o 450 41 99 21 2 5 38 31 88 4 2 .242 .298 .338 .234 4.2 2B -1, SS -2 0.2
40o 438 39 93 20 2 4 36 29 86 4 2 .234 .288 .325 .226 0.8 2B -1, SS -2 -0.2
30o 425 37 87 19 1 4 34 28 85 4 1 .224 .278 .313 .218 -2.6 2B -1, SS -2 -0.6
20o 410 34 80 17 1 4 32 25 84 3 1 .214 .265 .298 .208 -6.3 2B -1, SS -2 -1.0
10o 389 30 70 15 1 3 29 23 81 3 1 .199 .248 .277 .195 -11.0 2B -1, SS -2 -1.5
Weighted Mean45542102222539328842.246.303.343.2375.82B -1, SS -20.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 22% 11% 17% 64%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201535250245211122018522.228.288.310.223-0.5-2.70.91.611.1-16.3-1.6
201636250235211121916531.223.278.296.215-1.0-7.60.91.512.6-22.6-1.6
201737250235010121916531.216.271.291.210-1.5-12.41.01.414.9-29.8-1.6
201838250235010121917540.216.273.289.210-1.5-12.61.01.314.9-29.9-1.6
201939464429119133331990.213.271.282.208-1.6-11.81.92.414.9-31.0-3.0
202040304275912122220670.212.269.280.206-1.8-14.51.31.514.9-32.2-2.0
202141252234910111817570.213.270.280.206-1.8-14.81.01.114.9-31.9-1.6
202242250235010121819580.216.280.288.212-1.4-11.31.01.114.9-28.3-1.6
202343279255511122020650.211.271.276.206-1.8-15.11.21.114.9-32.4-1.8

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
16.52.28.95.12.1134.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 74)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 90 Ramon Vazquez 2011 .000 DNP
2 81 David Newhan 2008 .233
3 78 Mike Lamb 2010 .168
4 78 Lou Whitaker 1991 .322
5 78 Tadahito Iguchi 2009 .000 DNP
6 78 Wilson Valdez 2012 .183
7 77 Kazuo Matsui 2010 .130
8 77 Alfredo Amezaga 2012 .000 DNP
9 77 Bobby Doerr 1952 .000 DNP
10 77 Nick Green 2013 .242
11 76 Jay Gibbons 2011 .258
12 76 Edgar Gonzalez 2012 .000 DNP
13 76 Mark Ellis 2011 .227
14 76 Chris Woodward 2010 .181
15 76 Jack Wilson 2012 .148
16 76 Desi Relaford 2008 .000 DNP
17 75 Ramon Martinez 2007 .202
18 75 Dick McAuliffe 1974 .228
19 75 Tony Phillips 1993 .301
20 75 Davey Lopes 1979 .297
21 75 Bill Doran 1992 .256
22 75 Robb Quinlan 2011 .000 DNP
23 75 Freddy Sanchez 2012 .000 DNP
24 74 Ronnie Belliard 2009 .272
25 74 Josh Bard 2012 .000 DNP
26 74 Jacob Cruz 2007 .000 DNP
27 74 Robby Thompson 1996 .216
28 74 Bobby Avila 1958 .262
29 74 Todd Walker 2007 .211
30 74 Jay Bell 2000 .257
31 74 Roberto Alomar 2002 .254
32 74 Nick Punto 2012 .222
33 74 Phil Garner 1983 .262
34 74 Tony Batista 2008 .000 DNP
35 74 Adam Kennedy 2010 .260
36 74 Ricky Ledee 2008 .000 DNP
37 73 Aaron Boone 2007 .289
38 73 Denny Walling 1988 .233
39 73 Clint Barmes 2013 .211
40 73 Bret Boone 2003 .307
41 73 Jerry Hairston 2010 .256
42 73 Keith Lockhart 1999 .245
43 73 Solly Hemus 1957 .199
44 73 Tim Teufel 1993 .262
45 73 Mark DeRosa 2009 .264
46 73 Don Hoak 1962 .244
47 73 Johnny Ray 1991 .000 DNP
48 73 Brooks Robinson 1971 .288
49 73 Tom Herr 1990 .248
50 73 Frank Menechino 2005 .261
51 72 Todd Zeile 2000 .276
52 72 Marlon Anderson 2008 .209
53 72 Jay Johnstone 1980 .289
54 72 Don Money 1981 .231
55 72 George Kell 1957 .280
56 72 Keith Ginter 2010 .000 DNP
57 72 Alex Gonzalez 2011 .231
58 72 Ed Charles 1967 .256
59 72 Aaron Miles 2011 .249
60 72 David Bell 2007 .000 DNP
61 72 Alan Trammell 1992 .274
62 72 Matt Kata 2012 .000 DNP
63 72 Red Schoendienst 1957 .295
64 72 Randy Velarde 1997 .000 DNP
65 72 Tomas Perez 2008 .208
66 72 B.J. Surhoff 1999 .281
67 72 Bill Mueller 2005 .269
68 72 Robin Ventura 2002 .286
69 72 Chad Moeller 2009 .252
70 72 David Segui 2001 .306
71 72 Koyie Hill 2013 .138
72 72 Greg Dobbs 2013 .237
73 71 John Valentin 2001 .209
74 71 Wil Nieves 2012 .237
75 71 Willie Bloomquist 2012 .262
76 71 Paul Molitor 1991 .315
77 71 Robert Fick 2008 .000 DNP
78 71 Ron Fairly 1973 .320
79 71 Joe McEwing 2007 .000 DNP
80 71 Orlando Hudson 2012 .209
81 71 Wally Joyner 1996 .279
82 71 Jeff Blauser 2000 .000 DNP
83 71 Eric Byrnes 2010 .178
84 71 Bernie Allen 1973 .226
85 71 Delino DeShields 2003 .000 DNP
86 71 Tony Gonzalez 1971 .245
87 71 Buddy Bell 1986 .284
88 71 Jeff King 1999 .278
89 71 Johnny Logan 1960 .239
90 71 Kevin McReynolds 1994 .257
91 71 Art Howe 1981 .299
92 71 Keith Moreland 1988 .244
93 71 Jason Michaels 2010 .280
94 71 Ray Knight 1987 .239
95 71 Lloyd McClendon 1993 .239
96 70 Al Smith 1962 .290
97 70 Carl Furillo 1956 .274
98 70 Jerry Mumphrey 1987 .315
99 70 Greg Norton 2007 .253
100 70 Steve Finley 1999 .280

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 The Raysí signing of Fontenot to a minor-league deal betokens their lack of optimism in Brignac, another lefty-swinging, Louisiana-born middle infielder who hasnít lived up to his draft slot (Brignac was a second-rounder, Fontenot first). Fontenot, who has more pop than the stickless Brignac, spent much of last season on the Phillies bench, scrounging 105 plate appearances before he was outrighted to Triple-A on August 1. Heíll join a very crowded Durham Bulls infield and, as its elder statesman, is likely to see big-league time, either with Tampa Bay or another team, by seasonís end.
2012 In an odd twist, Fontenot's 2011 line was propped up by success against left-handers, against whom he is almost never allowed to bat. In an odder twist, Fontenot was actually the Giants' best hitter at shortstop. Neither of these facts should encourage the Giantsóor any teamóto make him a full-time player. The first fact reflects nothing more than a bunch of groundballs slipping past infielders, barely offsetting a career-worst performance against right-handers. The second fact reflects nothing more than the Giants' futile group of too-young and too-old alternatives.
2011 Fontenotís 2008 was a BABIP-related fluke in a peak-age season. Since then, he has hit just .260/.320/.385 against righties while largely being benched against his fellow lefties and playing subpar defense at second, short, and third. Most expected the Giants to non-tender the 30-year-old arbitration-eligible infielder, but they inked him instead, perhaps figuring that Freddy Sanchez misses a lot of games and the world is full of utility infielders who can't hit even that well.
2010 Fontenot was Ryan Theriotís double-play partner at LSU, and naming him the Opening Day second baseman brought shouts of ďet toiĒ from those who expected the lefty to help balance the lineupís right-ward tilt and reproduce his 2008 numbers on a larger scale. Unfortunately, his BABIP had been an unsustainable .355, and when it dropped 70 points his batting average, on-base, and slugging percentages plummeted with it. As is often the case, the truth lies between his '08 high and '09 low; when spotted well, Fontenot is a decent hitter with surprising pop who plays solid defense, but heís stretched as an everyday player. Expect him to bounce back, but as the last player into this seasonís Super Two arbitration pool, Fontenot is in line for a raise at exactly the wrong time, coming off what is likely the worst season of his career.
2009 As wonderful as Fontenot's development as a spare second baseman has been, it's important to keep his success in contextómake him a regular, and you'll start seeing the things he can't do, like handle the better power right-handers, for instance. Spot use against mid-rotation starters as the oft-used caddy for a roving regular like DeRosa is the perfect role for him, and left there, he should continue to chip in effectively.
2008 Is Jim Hendry a closet Francophile? Two years ago, he acquired outfielders named Jacque and Pierre, and at times last season, his double-play combination was a diminutive duo named Theriot and Fontenot. Fontenot is a mildly underrated player, with a skill set not unlike DeRosa's (minus some positional flexibility), or ex-Cub Todd Walker (minus about ten points of batting average). If Fontenot does not win an everyday job out of spring training, teams looking for a second baseman on the cheap could do worse than to try to pry him away from Hendry.
2007 In a just world, Fontenot would have gotten the opportunity that went to Ryan Theriot; he`s a better hitter and more experienced at second base. Fontenot wasn`t on the 40-man roster, though, which was one strike against him. He`s limited to second base; that`s another. And he`s not fast enough to use as a pinch-runner, which on a Dusty Baker-led team makes three. He`ll be hard-pressed to have a career, as he`ll have to wait for minor league free agency--another year away--before he gets a chance.
2006 One of the first 20 players picked in the `01 draft, he`s now a washout as prospects go. Fontenot would still make a better placeholder for an open second base job than a number of veterans, but it`s going to take someone really desperate. Nobody thinks he`s anything more than adequate afield, and scouts deride his long, slow, overly segmented hitting stroke. He did smack RHPs for a .275/.377/.466 clip in the PCL.
2005 Fonteno, once again got off to a slow start, then turned it on after the All-Star break; this year, we don't know if another trip to the optometrist had anything to do with it. It could be that he's a warm-weather guy, or maybe he needs some time to get adjusted to a new league. Once again, his production after he got going equaled anything Roberts or Hairston did, so answering the 'why' question is of more than academic interest. Unfortunately, no one, probably not even Fontenot himself, truly knows the answer. He needs a good full season to force his way into the big league mix.

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2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)Doesnt it make sense for the Cubs to attempt to . upgrade in the middle infield? It appears that there are several low-cost, both in terms of prospects required and contractual obligations, available to them(Cabrera,Scutaro,Kennedy). Mike Fontenot has been doing his best to turn the lower part of their lineup into a black hole.
(Matt from Chicago)
The Cubs have two problems in trying to make a trade right now. One, is they aren't allowed to make any big expenditures with the sale of the team in flux. Two, they don't have many propsects that teams are interested in. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bryan, have you picked up on Jim Hendry's fondness for Notre Dame players? I'm wondering if you think it's beginning to cloud his judgment (i.e. the acquisition of Aaron Heilman)?
(Shane from Bucktown)
I brought this up to Paul Mainieri -- coach of LSU, former coach of Notre Dame, who was with the Irish when Heilman and Samardzija and Grant Johnson and the rest went there. Mainieri laughed, and reminded that the connection runs deeper: Paul and Ryan Dempster are still good friends since Dempster committed to ND (ultimately choosing pro ball out of high school), and infields Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot are LSU grads, both of whom Mainieri has become friendly with. Don't be surprised if the Cubs draft a LSU player or two in the upcoming draft ... it's always been a fondness for Mainieri moreso than for Notre Dame. (Bryan Smith)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve: Loved the book on Casey. There's nothing else like it. The Swisher trade is a great deal for which Cashman deserves a lot of credit-first of all in finding him, hadn't the Sox put him in the Witness Protection Program? But I digress. I do have the opinion that the Yankees must move on with Robinson Cano. While his trade value has been diminished, wait til you see what it is this time next year! Proposed replacements: (a) Available inexpensively: Mike Fontenot, who is a free agent. Available expensively: Jeff Kent (please NO!), Brian Roberts. Am I jumping the shark on Cano?
(BeplerP from New York City)
Thank you, BeplerP, for reading Forging Genius and for the kind words. The question isn't whether you've jumped the shark on Cano, but whether Cano himself has jumped the shark (I've never heard jumping the shark used to signify that one might be ahead of the shark). I don't think he has, given his age and post-April rates of .297/.326/.448. The problem with Cano is that he seems like he doesn't care half the time. He's locked in for a week, and then he goes 0-for-20 swinging at first pitches and starts making careless plays in the infield. This makes him immensely frustrating to watch, not least of all to the Yankees themselves. How do you keep this guy locked in? They don't know, so the temptation is to make him someone else's problem--and it wouldn't be the end of the world. You could get a 2B who has lower highs but also higher lows, or lower batting averages but is better at getting on base. In that case, the decision to make a change depends on who you can get--the Yankees really need to stay focused on offense. But if your question is, "Will he rebound and improve his value?" I think yes, he will. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Given that Theriot's performance has likely entrenched him in the starting lineup, and Ronny Cedeno's performance seemingly has him getting the lion-share of middle infield spot starts, what is Mike Fontenot's use now? Does he have any value in a trade? He seems like he could possibly bring the offensive value of Mark Derosa if he got the playing time. Also, what does Rich Hill have to do in order to return to the majors? Change teams?
(mlapointe from chicago)
Fontenot's getting starts at second with DeRosa moving out to left in the positional wheel that Piniella has been employing whenever his roster's Soriano-free, and it works pretty nicely. Add in that it means that he's got a bench player kept sharp with a goodly amount of playing time, and it makes for a better stabbity to go after the opposition with when he's back to pinch-hitting. And if Theriot or Cedeno or DeRosa goes down, it's a happier thing to be the team that still has Fontenot. He'd make for a mediocre regular, and while that might make him wealthy, I think it's more useful to keep him on this roster, especially as the lefty alternative to the righty-hitting Reed Johnson off of the bench.

Hill... it's a gut-wrenching thing to see a guy's control just go away like that. I'd trade for him, but I'm not sure the Cubs can afford to trust him until he gives Iowa a good month or so. It's interesting that Will brought up the Cubs in today's lead article about dealing for Sabathia--I would think that Hill would make a pretty important piece in such a swap, although it would be a bit risky to have both Cliff Lee and Hill in the same rotation. That would be sort of a southpaw roller-coaster ride that would require splatter shielding to protect bystanders. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ronny Cedeno and Eric Patterson--are they in the Cubs' plans for '08? Should they be? If I may indulge one more, what do you expect from Franklin Morales in '08 and down the road? Thanks!
(jromero from seattle)
At the moment it certainly doesn't seem like either is the Cub's first choice for a starting spot in the middle infield. Theriot would be pretty easy to displace at short, but Cedeno, as good as his minor-league numbers are, simply hasn't hit in his major-league opportunities.

As for Patterson, the Cubs are even deeper at 2B, with Mark De Rosa and Mike Fontenot, another Piniella favorite ahead of him. Patterson's got youth and more upside, but the other two were a pretty capable tandem last year, and PECOTA likes both of them - they're .360 OBPs and average-plus fielders, whereas Patterson's a .340 OBP type with below-average D.

Morales - as critical a part of the Rox run last year, I see him struggling a little bit. He's got to cut down the walks to succeed at Coors. (Jay Jaffe)


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