The San Francisco Giants are faced with a tough decision: Jeff Keppinger or Mike Fontenot. You can have one, but they will not have both. Andrew Baggarly always has a way of saying it best:
What should make you freak out more (which people did last night) is that the “Giants are maxed out on payroll” and they haven’t even given their guys arbitration yet. But this article is not about those greedy slobs that only do everything for our club and hold the key to us contending. No. This article is about the one of the million players the Giants traded the Astros for in the not-so-fleet-of-foot Jeff Keppinger and little Lord Fontenot whom they also traded for in 2010 whose triple off of Jason Heyward’s glove I still have not forgotten.
We do not make the decisions for the Giants, but since we have brains and fingers we like to make sure people hear our thoughts. Because they’re important. Why don’t we take a look at the Kepp-Fonty comparisons with all the stats from their 2011:
I struggled to find a stat for effective baserunning on Fangraphs but I know it’s out there. And I’m just about positive Fontenot would have better numbers than Keppinger. Take a look at the numbers. Even if I had done a sort of “Player A” and “Player B” thing, you might lean more towards Kepp but it wouldn’t be by much. Then again, you might lean towards Player B because you see he can play 3 positions. Remember whoever gets signed is on the bench, they are not signing for a starting job.
I leave it to you to figure out who you’d rather want and I know this site doesn’t get that many hits so the results won’t be all that amazing and telling but let’s play the game “You’re the GM.” What do you do? Team Fontenot or Team Keppinger?