8/11 Cubs deal Fontenot to Giants
All Mike Fontenot had to do Wednesday was pack up his gear and walk from the visitor’s clubhouse to the home clubhouse. The Cubs dealt the infielder to the Giants about two hours before the two teams met in the third game of a four-game series for Minor League outfielder Evan Crawford. The Giants placed Edgar Renteria on the disabled list prior to Wednesday’s game.
Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush said talks began before the trade deadline. General manager Jim Hendry was in Minneapolis Wednesday and completed the deal with Giants general manager Brian Sabean there.
The Cubs so far have dealt infielder Ryan Theriot and pitcher Ted Lilly to the Dodgers on July 31 and now Fontenot.
“It’s hard to say if it will be the last move,” Bush said.
Fontenot, who was the Cubs’ Opening Day second baseman, was batting .284 with one home runs and 20 RBIs in 95 games but his playing time had been reduced since early May. At that time, the Cubs called up Starlin Castro from the Minors and inserted him at shortstop, moving Theriot to second. Fontenot was out of a job.
“It’s strange, being in the same town that you’re traded to,” Fontenot said. “I was telling someone I was trying to decide if I was going to workout or get a bite to eat and I was called into the office and told I was being traded.”
Some players joked they were going to throw Fontenot in one of the laundry hampers and wheel him down the hallway to the Giants’ clubhouse.
The Cubs will call up infielder Darwin Barney from Triple-A Iowa to take Fontenot’s spot on the roster.
Fontenot picks up a few games in the standings.
“I’ll do my best to help them,” he said of the Giants.
He kept a good outlook despite losing his starting job.
“It’s been tough in that aspect but as far as my performance, I’ve been pretty happy,” Fontenot said. “There have been times when I would have liked to get out there and play more. Things didn’t go the way we wanted to early in the season. In the end, I felt pretty good this year.”
Crawford, 22, was selected by the Giants in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He was batting .255 with 12 doubles, 12 triples, four home runs and 24 stolen bases for Class A Augusta.
— Carrie Muskat