Despite retaining second baseman Kelly Johnson for $6.375 million over the offseason, having shortstop Yunel Escobar and third baseman Brett Lawrie already in the fold and Omar Vizquel as a utility bench player, the Blue Jays have been linked to recently-released infielder Mike Fontenot, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle via MLB Trade Rumors.
After agreeing to a one-year, $1.05 million contract with Fontenot over the offseason to avoid arbitration, the Giants opted to release the 31-year-old in the final week of spring training, where he went 10-for-36 (.278) in 13 games with four doubles. The former Chicago Cub hit just .227 with a .681 OPS in 85 games for San Francisco last season, playing a mixture of shortstop, second base and third base while providing adequate defense on the left side of the infield.
It’s hard to imagine a smart general manager like Alex Anthopoulos remotely considering the idea of going after a guy like Fontenot, even at a rock-bottom cost, so don’t put
too much any stock into this tidbit.