Will Fontenot Become Trade Bait For Cubs?

Second baseman Mike Fontenot may not fit in with the Cubs' long-term plans if Starlin Castro lives up to expectations, writes Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.  Castro has knocked Fontenot out of the starting lineup as he has taken over at shortstop with Ryan Theriot taking over at second.

Even though Fontenot has been sent to the bench, he has been decent offensively with an OPS+ of 96.  In 80 plate appearances, the soon-to-be 30-year-old is hitting .315/.363/.397, a slash line that is a significant step-up from his posting in 2009.   For his career, he has a 10.7 UZR/150 at his preferred position.

Fontenot is set to earn $1MM this season after avoiding arbitration with the Cubs this winter.  He became arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career when he was awarded Super Two status in November of 2009.


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49 Comments on "Will Fontenot Become Trade Bait For Cubs?"


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catch21_2
5 years 1 month ago

I’m not sure, but I don’t think he has much value.

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5 years 1 month ago

Ryan Theriot would have more trade value, and he’s wasted at second base since he’s a plus defensive shortstop.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Theriot is NOT a plus defensive shortstop. He’s worked hard and improved to an average, at best, defensive shortstop. His main problem is a complete lack of range. He’s much better suited to play 2b.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Multiple statistical systems disagree with you; The Fielding Bible and UZR both have him at approximately five runs above average (per season), and the sample size is well past the point where the data becomes reliable.

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studio179
5 years 1 month ago

You have it right. Theriot’s range is limited at SS. Throw out stats averaged from the past couple years. This year he looks like his average abilities at SS have caught up with him in the field. His fielding range was better in ’09 and ’08. Many times he cheats in the hole and still can not throw out the runner ‘IF’ he gets to it. I notice he cheats to the hole. My guess is partially because of his limited range and to help out Ramirez. The Cubs don’t want Ram diving around and mess up his shoulder again. So, more grounders are also getting up the middle into CF. Theriot added some muscle to his frame this year. Your point on working on his hitting is correct, but his defensive range has taken a hit.

Theriot at SS 2010:

RngR= -2.9
UZR= -2.7
UZR/150= -13.9

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

UZR doesn’t stabilize until you get to about three seasons of data. That sample size is like looking at 50 at bats for a hitter… virtually meaningless. It’s best to average the last three years to get a picture of the player’s defense.

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studio179
5 years 1 month ago

I realize that with UZR. The problem is ‘averaging’ a stat over a few years does nothing for this year. Theriot is clearly not getting to balls or not getting throws off when he does get to them for the reasons I explained. He bulked up…not massive, but placed muscle on his frame and has lost range. Again, this year, not an average over time. Not throwing a wise crack here, I’m serious. If you can find a scouting report or any baseball exec saying Ryan Theriot is anything more than an average SS with so-so range, three years ago or today, please let me know.

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5 years 1 month ago

When your second basemen is Luis Castillo and his replacement is Alex Cora, you should be making a move…

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Was gonna say the same thing. But the Mets have Ruben Tejada in AAA and he wouldn’t be a bad replacement IMO.

Definitely the best defensive 2B/SS out of everyone mentioned.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Good point…it’s about time they bring up Tejada and Nick Evans…cut Cora and Matthews.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah. Doubt they cut Cora though. Management loves him.

They need to cut Frank Cattalanato and GMJ. They’re TERRIBLE.

Call up Chris Carter who is killing it in AAA and Jason Pridie or Jesus Feliciano.

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East Coast Bias
5 years 1 month ago

Then just keep Cora as a consultant or something, not a player.

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lefty58
5 years 1 month ago

There are very few players in Chicago, on either side of town, who shouldn’t be traded.

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studio179
5 years 1 month ago

And get what for them? Trading low brings little value back.

Trade Castro now before he realizes he is a Cub. lol. kidding.

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jammin502
5 years 1 month ago

Fontenot and Baker both have some trade value. The way the season is going, there should be some other players on the block as well. With Colvin and Nady, the Cubs should see what is available for Fukudome. Another idea might be to move Derrek Lee and let Nady play first or bring up Hoffpauir to finish out the season. The farm system is looking good and some more prospects could put the Cubs in a good position for the future.