No offense to Jeff Keppinger and Mike Fontenot, because I’m sure they are both wonderful guys, but do you all know the phrase “between a rock and a hard place”? The Giants were distinctly there last night, at the (not especially tender) non-tender deadline.
Because San Fran is apparently really tight on cash these days, they could only keep one of the aforementioned guys and in the end, it was Fontenot. Personally, I was more partial to Kepp, but I mean, really? That’s not, er, the most fantastic pool to choose from right there. In addition to which, they’re pretty much the two people on the roster who I always forgot about, so I’d be lying if I said this move was going to have a big impact on my life.
The other guy they let walk was Eli Whiteside, who I did actually have a bit of an affinity for. I’m not sure if it was the grey hair or the occasional homerun, but I did like having him on the team. Then again, you know how I feel about Chris Stewart, so if this means for playing time for him, then I’m happy. Who knows, Whiteside could get a better gig somewhere else. Looking for a catcher, Rangers? I know you are.
Speaking of which, we have a bit of other news in the former-Giant vein! Aaron Rowand signed a minor league with the (wait for it) Marlins yesterday. I hope he has a good time in Miami and all but, well, they do have a lot, a lot of players. I would guess that’s going to be the hardest team to make, out of spring team. Seeing as they have an 80 man roster or so, what with the players they had before they went on the spending spree and the players they have now. They’re going to need a couple of planes and buses to take the team anywhere!
And Travis Ishikawa signed a deal with the Brew Crew, which makes me inordinately happy. Stop it with the Prince Fielder comparisons already, people. Trav (fab nickname, right?) was one of the best pinch hitters in the game in 2010 and I think Milwaukee is lucky to have him around.
Yes, I’m still mad about how the Giants (mis)treated him at the ring ceremony at the beginning of the season. Take note, Milwaukee. If you win a championship he needs to be there, uniform and all. Please and thank you.
In other news, Oakland may soon be entirely team-less with the Warriors mulling a move that would put them side-by-side the Giants, the Raiders talking Santa Clara and the A’s, of course, pushing San Jose. Nothing seems imminent and the city of Oakland is making their own push now (with a glitzy mock-up featuring a fantastic hotel, no less) but it’s a pretty feeble push on their part.
I’m a Giants fan and all, but it still seems pretty stubborn for the Giants to block the San Jose move so firmly. Especially if they get the Warriors next door. Share the love, folks. There’s room for everybody. And how much more revenue could they possibly lose? They’re already too pressed for money to get Kepp and Font, both.
We have a strange train of events playing out here. But welcome back, Mike Fontenot. I’m sure I’ll stop forgetting about you when you completely over-perform in 2012.