Countdown to Spring Training: No. 9, Backup shortstop
When the Giants lost Juan Uribe to free agency, they replaced him by signing Miguel Tejada. Not a move that could categorized as an defensive improvement.
When the Giants lost Edgar Renteria to free agency, they replaced him with … with …. with … no one?
Well, that’s not entirely true. The Giants did re-sign utility infielder Mike Fontenot. But the Giants were also thought to be looking into another option at shortstop before opening spring training.
With pitchers and catchers set to report in a little more than a week, the Giants have not added another shortstop, not even a non-roster invitee to camp.
So it looks as if the Giants will open the season a bit thin at shortstop.
Tejada wil be the starting shortstop. Tejada has been known as a durable player, starting at least 154 games at shortstop in a season 10 times in his career.
But at 37-years-old, it would be a good idea to have some protection behind Tejada.
As the spring approaches, that appears to Fontenot. In his four-year MLB career, Fontenot has played 13 games at shortstop, starting 10. Last season, he played nine games at shortstop, starting seven. So he can play the position, but it’s not his strongest spot. His fielding percentage is weakest at shortstop (.906 career number, compared to .983 at 2B and .956 at 3B).
After Fontenot, the next option is Mark DeRosa. Although he’s built a career out of playing various positions, DeRosa has not started a game at shortstop since 2006. He’s only played the position for nine total inning since 2006 — none since 2008.
After that, we’d be looking at Ryan Rohlinger or Emmanuel Burriss, both players who are expected to open the season in Fresno.