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Picked up for nothing, Pat Burrell has come up big for Giants

Aug 12, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

Cut loose by the Rays after two miserably unproductive seasons in the American League, Pat Burrell signed a minor-league deal with the Giants, got a call back to the National League a short time later, and has produced just like he did for the Phillies from 2000-2008.
He delivered two game-winning homers in the past week and earlier this afternoon went deep for the ninth time in 151 at-bats for the Giants … and then literally as I was writing this smacked a grand slam.
Burrell is now hitting .301/.390/.562 with 10 homers in 53 games for San Francisco, essentially emerging as the Giants’ starting left fielder after initially being called up to serve as a bench bat or platoon player.
I’m not sure whether the lesson to be learned here is more about the difference in leagues or the value often available on the scrap heap, but it’s something. And he’s probably played his way into another multi-year contract this offseason.

  1. schmedley - Aug 12, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Burrell was always a streaky player for the Phillies. He would look great for half a season, and then look horrible for a half. His replacement, Raul Ibanez, seems to be cut from the same cloth. Maybe the Phillies should re-sign Burrell and platoon him with Ibanez? They are going to need another right-handed bat after Werth walks.

  2. malmstorm - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Helped my fantasy team today too! I only picked him up just for today, just trying to make up for a lack of at-bats in the lighter schedule of the day.

  3. flpunx - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    Just goes to show you that when you actually SWING the bat, something he rarely did for the Rays, you CAN hit the ball!

  4. Jonny5 - Aug 13, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    Go Pat! It’s great to see him get his groove back.

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