Red Sox, Cubs Discussed Fontenot Trade

Before the Eric Patterson trade, the Red Sox and Cubs discussed a possible deal that would have sent Mike Fontenot to Boston, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The Red Sox are down an infielder now that Dustin Pedroia's fractured foot has sent him to the DL. The Cubs could deal Fontenot, who doesn't play every day, and keep their starting lineup together.

Fontenot, 30, makes $1MM this year and won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2013 season. He is hitting .286/.331/.414 in 145 plate appearances and has been an average defender in recent years according to UZR/150. So far in 2010, he has played second, third and short, so his versatility no doubt appeals to the Red Sox.

The Cubs' recent trade talks don't mean they are willing to start selling. Two sources told Morosi that the 33-43 Cubs are "halfway" to sell mode (Twitter link). If Fontenot is available, the Phillies and Angels could also have interest given injuries to their infielders.


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15 Comments on "Red Sox, Cubs Discussed Fontenot Trade"


GasLampGuru
5 years 1 month ago

Since it’s clear Piniella doesn’t know what he has in him, perhaps the Cubs should trade Soto to the Padres. I can’t help but shake my head every time Lou starts Koye Hill over Soto.

5 years 1 month ago

the reason Hill starts over soto is depending on who is pitching, and that is why most teams have 2 catchers which some catchers catch better with a certain pitcher and thats also why you will see Soto come in when certain relievers come into the game as well

Lousdrinkumberella
5 years 1 month ago

And what do the Cubs have in Soto exactly? Is it his inflated on base percentage from hitting in the7th/8th hole, & getting pitched around? Or when he’s hitting HR’s when the Cubs are down by 5 in the 8th? His RISP isn’t worth a damn thats for sure, as his .464 OPS can attest to. What a clutch hitter too. Wow! 2 out RISP OPS is .686/late & close .606/Tie game .689. And he’s been pretty lucky too with his Babip at .315. I pray the Padres take him. Hill can’t hit, but at least he plays solid defense, & is a leader. Oh and Hills RISP OPS is 1.026 BTW! W/2 outs, & RISP its .967.

Chiburgh
5 years 1 month ago

I would prefer they trade Theriot over Fontenot, but seeing any Cub trade action would be refreshing.

Chitownhero
5 years 1 month ago

It’s hard for the Cubs to sell in the first year of ownership, but for the good of the team, they need to trade the players that have value and prepare for next year.

Bob George
5 years 1 month ago

If Hendry had an opportunity to get rid of Fontenot and passed, he should be fed Krispy Kremes until he explodes. Oh wait, he’s already on that program.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 1 month ago

Fontenot would be a good pick up for the Red Sox. I’d actually like to see it. Pinella is so overly concerned about the things that Fontenot can’t do, that he overlooks the things he can do. He’s always been the odd man out.

Torquemonster
5 years 1 month ago

Hopefully the Cubs can move FonteNOT for a warm bag of M&M’s…

redsandyanksfan
5 years 1 month ago

i dont know if im the only one but i dont like my M&M’s hot and melting

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

I agree with redsandyanksfan, if anything M&M’s are better when cold.

5 years 1 month ago

Please trade Ryan Theriot instead.

studio179
5 years 1 month ago

I hope those who want Theriot traded know they are talking on dangerous grounds. There are Cub fans on this site who have argued with me that Theriot is something between a star player to near super star status. Be prepared for a response when you point out various stats and the total package. He is an average player. I’m not bashing Theriot, just saying. And yes, when the Cubs decide they are officially out of it, I expect Theriot’s name to pop up in trade talks.

Lousdrinkumberella
5 years 1 month ago

And what do the Cubs have in Soto exactly. Is it his inflated on base percentage from hitting in the7th/8th hole, & getting pitched around? Or when he’s hitting HR’s when the Cubs are down by 5 in the 8th? His RISP isn’t worth a damn thats for sure, as his .464 OPS can attest to. What a clutch hitter too. Wow! 2 out risp ops is .686/late & close .606/Tie game .689. And he’s been pretty lucky too with his Babip at .315 too. I pray the Padres take him. Hill can’t hit, but at least he plays solid defense & is a leader. Oh and Hills RISP OPS is 1.026 BTW!

Lousdrinkumberella
5 years 1 month ago

And what do the Cubs have in Soto exactly. Is it his inflated on base percentage from hitting in the7th/8th hole, & getting pitched around? Or when he’s hitting HR’s when the Cubs are down by 5 in the 8th? His RISP isn’t worth a damn thats for sure, as his .464 OPS can attest to. What a clutch hitter too. Wow! 2 out risp ops is .686/late & close .606/Tie game .689. And he’s been pretty lucky too with his Babip at .315 too. I pray the Padres take him. Hill can’t hit, but at least he plays solid defense & is a leader. Oh and Hills RISP OPS is 1.026 BTW! risp w/2 outs .967.

5 years 1 month ago

I hope the red sox go after soto now the sox, are done to 0 catchers now. GO THEO BLEED THE CUBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!