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Giants ink Pat Burrell to minor league deal

May 29, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

Pat Burrell headshot.jpgThe San Francisco Giants announced on their official Twitter feed this afternoon that  33-year-old veteran outfielder Pat Burrell has been signed to a minor league contract.

Burrell will join up with the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate from Fresno, California at some point this weekend and will try to work his way back to the majors from there.  He doesn’t exactly fit in with the Giants’ makeup right now, given that he’s more of a DH than an outfielder these days, but perhaps he’ll make a nice late-innings pinch-hitter at some point down the road.

Burrell was batting just .202/.292/.333 with two homers and 13 RBI over 84 at-bats when the Rays cut ties with him in the middle of May.  He is a .253/.362/.473 career hitter over 10-plus seasons.

  1. joe - May 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    why is it that you would say heis not much of an outfielder these days? he is 33 and last i check less then 2 years ago he was good enough outfielder to start as an outfielder on a world series team? last i checked he never was hurt and 33 isnt exactly over the hill even in baseball terms. just wish people writing stories about someone would think b4 they write. That is why a younger player cant take a job as a dh, because he will often be branded a dh from then on .

  2. Diane - May 29, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Good luck to “Pat the Bat” he was always my favorite on the World Champion Phillies ! Sorry when he went to the Rays. My best to him however it turns out.

  3. nick - May 29, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    The only time he played well EVER was against the NY Mets. This guy is overrated, and deserves nothing more than a minor league contract.
    Re: Joe — He was a sympathy start for the Phillies in their World Series appearance. No reason for him to be there except for the fact that Philadelphia loved him and there was always a *CHANCE* he’d put a fat part of the bat on the ball.
    Disclaimer: I’m a Mets fan. Pat Burrell sucks.

  4. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre - May 29, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    I still give him a chance outside the AL East

  5. Phillie Fan - May 29, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Hard not to feel bad for Pat the Bat because no player, in my opinion, put up with the constant criticism that Phills fans threw at him with more class and poise. And he did manage to put together a great season with the Phills in the WS year. That being said, anyone who watched him every day knew that he was a major liability in the field and that his hitting numbers that year were an anomaly due to his glacier-like bat speed.
    I hope he makes it back, though, because he seems like a really good, really tough guy.

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