Cubs Second Baseman Mike Fontenot Could Be First To Go In Messy Middle

November 12, 2009 by  

Somewhere in the world, Mark Reynolds is fuming.

The Arizona Diamondbacks slugger missed a spot on the list of Major League players with between two and three years of service time who will qualify for arbitration this off-season by one day.

Instead of Reynolds or Orioles center fielder Adam Jones—both of whom would have made millions after breakout seasons—Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot will get the privilege of leverage in salary negotiations with his club. He must agree on a figure by mid-December or go before a neutral arbitrator, who would then decide Fontenot's salary.

Fontenot, like fellow second baseman Jeff Baker, stands to make anywhere between $1.25 and $1.8 million in 2010, if history is a solid in...

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