Jim Bowden reports that the Phillies are going to sign Mike Fontenot to a minor league deal.
Fontenot hit .227/.304/.377 for the Giants last year and remained with the team this spring because there is a little known law requiring him to be within three miles of Ryan Theriot at all times. With this move, the Phillies are making a bold move, one that could cost Ruben Amaro … his freedom.
Um, wait. Sorry about that. It’s been a long week, and I think we just identified the moment where I ran out of energy and sanity. Probably a good idea for the other guys to take over for the rest of the night.
The Arizona Diamondbacks — employer of All-Star Ketel Marte — are about to double their Marte pleasure, with multiple outlets reporting that they are on the verge of acquiring Pirates outfield Starling Marte in a trade. Making it a Marte par-tay in Phoenix.
Starling Marte is coming off a .295/.342/.503 season in which he hit 23 homers and stole 25 bases while manning center field for the Buccos. Center is where Ketel played most of last season, but with Starling on the roster, Ketel would likely move back to second base.
More on this when we know what the return will be for Marte. Starling, that is.