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The Giants could sign Pat Burrell to a minor league deal

May 28, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

Burrell homer.jpgThe Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports that the San Francisco Giants are “in the talking stages” with Pat Burrell over a minor league deal.  Schulman’s source tells him that Burrell “has other options,” however.

I’m assuming those options include his recliner, beers with his dad’s friends at the VFW hall and other activities that people who can’t really play baseball anymore do, but I suppose time will tell.

Not that he would be a terrible signing for the Giants, especially as a minor league deal.  I mean, he’s only 32, and in Giants years that’s like being 25, so some time in Fresno could give the kid some needed Sabean seasoning in advance of contributing to what appears like it will be a Mark DeRosa-less left field for most if not all of the rest of the season.

Burrell has played in the outfield exactly twice since 2008 so it would be an adventure, but the Giants need offense wherever they can get it at the moment.

  1. Moses Green - May 28, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    The Giants are already built like the NL has a 3-DH minimum. He would be an entertaining sign, I mean, there’s a reason that they don’t call him “Pat the Glove.”

  2. Jonny5 - May 28, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Burrell is only suited for small ballparks when playing OF. Even then it’s not his strong suit. I always thought he’d be an alright first baseman.

  3. lar @ wezen-ball - May 28, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    A minor league contract, you say? But how will Sabean know when to call him up, seeing as how minor league numbers don’t mean anything when it comes to big league success?
    Maybe Buster Posey and Pat Burrell can spend some time buying Latin music cds at the Fulton Mall or sipping fancy coffee while talking about the latest Dave Matthews cd in the Tower District while they wait for the call-up…

  4. Moses Green - May 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Ha – great point. A minor league offer from Sabean is especially insulting now – after all those guys all stink. That’s why the recliner still has the best offer on the table. Actually the table may have a better offer in as well.

  5. peteinfla - May 28, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Subtraction by addition.

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