The Cubs continued their efforts to purge their roster of former starting second basemen today by trading Mike Fontenot to the San Francisco Giants for minor leaguer Evan Crawford.
Even with the trade of Ryan Theriot at the deadline, the Cubs had a glut of second basemen in Blake DeWitt (who they received for Theriot), Mike Fontenot and Jeff Baker. The trade opens up a spot on the big league roster for shortstop prospect Darwin Barney, who was hitting .297 at Iowa with 11 SB's. Barney will probably fill in a little at second and short down the stretch.
Crawford was drafted by the Giants in the 9th round of the 2009 draft. He was not ranked among the Giants top 30 prospects by Baseball America heading into the season. On the year, he was hitting .255 with 24 SB's in 432 AB's. He tends to strike out too much (108 K's) and profiles as a 4th or 5th outfielder/defensive replacement.
Overall, not a bad prospect to get for basically a spare part and it continues the Cubs trend of shedding their veterans and giving some of the youngsters a chance.