Looking ahead to this afternoon and reviewing the Mike Fontenot deal.
More on Fontenot: You can't swing a dead cat by its tail without hitting a rejected utility infielder who signed a minor league deal with the Phillies at some point, most recently, Andres Blanco, who is just 5-for-24 (.208) with no extra-base hits for the IronPigs. Fontenot is someone the Phils reportedly had some interest in acquiring last off-season, and when he was released by the Giants on April 3, and considering the dwindling depth among the Phillies' infield, Fontenot's name was immediately floated as a possible fit. Even with Fontenot's experience, it's becoming more and more likely the Phils won't jack with Freddy Galvis' good juju at second. However, it's pretty likely Fontenot will work his way to Philly and eventually replace Pete Orr as the Phils cycle Jose Contreras back into the mix and continue to evaluate their roster; Contreras is expected back tomorrow.
Fontenot's a pretty good fielder with spot power. Fangraphs gave him a 1.0 WAR in 2011 and he batted .227/.304/.377 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 252 plate appearances. According to the team Web site, he will report to extended Spring Training in Clearwater. Is this a good deal? I've given up trying to guess.
Mets 5, Phillies 2: Nothing to take out of this one except Freddy's first dinger. Just not a sharp effort out of the chute starting with Cliff Lee.
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