Giants keep Fontenot, non-tender Keppinger and Whiteside.
This his hardly news, but it’s December and real, actual, baseball news is few and far between. On this subject, the Giants made the right call: Keppinger offers zero positional flexibility and it became clear that while he hits singles, he doesn’t do much else. He also runs like his lower-half has been dipped in carbonite.
On the other side of the ledger, Mike Fontenot gives the team some positional flexibility (he can moderately play SS, 2B, and 3B) and with nearly the same upside (or nonside) with the bat, even though he does it in a different way than Keppinger. I’m not sure if the team is truly considering using Emmannuel Burriss in any capacity, but Fontenot should help keep Burriss glued to the bench, or stuck in the minors.
In the end, it’s a shocking notion, but your utility man should have some actual utility about him.
UPDATE: I’d be remiss if I didn’t include by favorite Mike Fontenot image in this post.
Fontenot-Crawford super team, engage.