The San Francisco Giants have been telling teams around Major League Baseball that they are shopping infielders Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark. The Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves are two teams that Stark mentions that could be bidders on the two.
Theriot and Fontenot are both scheduled to earn a little bit above $1 million this season but the Giants have the option to release the two by March 29. In both of their careers Fontenot has been known for power while Theriot is a speed guy and hits for average.
Fontenot has spent time with the Chicago Cubs as well as the Giants. He is a career .263/.332/.406 hitter and has an OPS of .738. Theriot is a career .282/.344/.353 hitter and has recorded 229 RBI in his career.
Currently, the Giants have Emmaunel Burris and Brandon Crawford pegged as their second baseman and shortstop for the 2012 season while Fontenot and Theriot are pegged as bench players to start the year. Brett Pill and Connor Gillaspie are also making a run to beat out Fontenot and Theriot for their spots.
Pill has already hit three home runs this Spring and has batted in 10 RBI in 17 Spring Training games for the Giants.
It is seeming very likely that Fontenot and/or Theriot could lose their spots and end up being traded or released by the end of Spring Training.