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WildcatFan
08-01-2012, 02:07 PM
How about the left-handed infielder, especially with BP reeling?


The Phillies announced that they designated infielder Mike Fontenot for assignment. The move creates roster space for utility player Michael Martinez, who has been recalled from Triple-A.

Fontenot, 32, has a .289/.343/.340 batting line in 105 plate appearances this year. He has split his time between second and third since signing a minor league deal with Philadelphia in April. Fontenot could interest teams seeking infield depth as a potential trade candidate.

reds44
08-01-2012, 02:09 PM
Yes. Him, Overbay, Abreu. Yes to them all.

Tom Servo
08-01-2012, 02:11 PM
He seems like a marginally better but less versatile Willie Harris. Fontenot's career stats seemed to be padded out by a very good 2008.

Benihana
08-01-2012, 02:15 PM
I'd be open to the idea

fearofpopvol1
08-01-2012, 02:17 PM
I'd prefer at bat with more power at this juncture, but anyone that is an upgrade to Cairo at this point would be nice.

OesterPoster
08-01-2012, 02:20 PM
He seems like a marginally better but less versatile Willie Harris. Fontenot's career stats seemed to be padded out by a very good 2008.

Harris's career OPS against RHP is .682. Fontenot's is .751. That's more than marginal, IMO.

camisadelgolf
08-01-2012, 02:47 PM
I'd be open to the idea

marcshoe
08-01-2012, 02:56 PM
Fontenot, fwiw, is from Slidell, LA, as is Xavier Paul. Different high schools.

Scrap Irony
08-01-2012, 03:12 PM
Fontenot makes all sorts of sense if he can still play SS. (Played there last season and wasn't bad defensively in only 40 games or so. SSS, obviously, so caveats apply.)

Overbay also makes sense as a LH hitting PH, especially if Votto is going to miss a couple weeks more (as someone said on another thread). He really hamstrings the possibilities, but, with Frazier so versatile, he's a luxury the Reds can afford.

They'd replace Valdez and Cairo on the roster, two veterans beloved by Baker, Jocketty, and some of the Red players themselves. Is it worth the comraderie/ chemistry hit for just a few ABs/ innings? I suspect, with injuries, yes.

wally post
08-01-2012, 03:26 PM
We'll never know what really happens in the clubhouse, but I know (in music) a happy bus equals a great show. I can imagine Cairo as a father figure and very ositive influence in that clubhouse. If they don't release him, that's the reason - and I think it is worthy.

Tom Servo
08-01-2012, 03:52 PM
Harris's career OPS against RHP is .682. Fontenot's is .751. That's more than marginal, IMO.
I'll concede that I did not look at OPS splits. That .751 number is still boosted by a ridiculous .911 OPS against righties in 2008, but since then Fontenot has still maintained a fairly good OPS against righties.

HotCorner
08-01-2012, 04:32 PM
Dusty was his manager in 2005 with the Cubs.

RedsManRick
08-01-2012, 05:09 PM
His line is a BABIP mirage. I'd rather have Cairo. The lefty worry is overstated. Adding a Punch & Judy LH utility bat doesn't improve this club.

westofyou
08-01-2012, 05:12 PM
His line is a BABIP mirage. I'd rather have Cairo. The lefty worry is overstated. Adding a Punch & Judy LH utility bat doesn't improve this club.

Nope not at all, and cutting a guy like Cairo who is well respected and does what ever he's asked for to get a guy like Fotenot would be a clubhouse issue this team would want to avoid.

Lateral moves don't do much for morale at this time of year when you are playing well.

Not that Cairo is infallible, but this wouldn't help this team at all.