If you thought the Giants roster was all shaped up, well, you're wrong. There are still some cuts, trims and maybe even trades to be made.
And according to a report from Jayson Stark of ESPN, both Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot are on the trading block heading into the regular season.
"Giants telling teams today they're shopping Ryan Theriot & Mike Fontenot," Stark tweeted on Saturday. "Possible fit for Braves & Phillies."
Of course, the Giants aren't trying to trade these guys because they're too expensive: both Theriot and Fontenot, who played together at LSU, have one-year, non-guaranteed contracts. Theriot is scheduled to make $1.25 million next year, while Fontenot's slated for $1.05 million. The Giants can bail out of either contract before March 29.
Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area notes that the reason the Giants are confident shopping Theriot and Fontenot is the emergence of Emmanuel Burriss. According to Baggarly, "if the Giants had to pick a starting second baseman right now, Burriss would be the choice."
However, it's likely that only one, and not both, of Theriot and Fontenot would get dealt.
The Phillies make sense, particularly with the concern that Chase Utley's knee could keep him from playing significant time in 2012. And the Braves need infield depth: Chipper Jones is playing his final season and has no idea how long he can stay healthy this year.
Brian Sabean doesn't hold a ton of leverage because either/or Fontenot and Theriot could wind up on the free-agent market anyway, but it certainly does help to have two NL East teams competing against each other for able infield bodies.