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Report: Giants re-sign Pat Burrell to one-year contract

Dec 1, 2010, 11:38 PM EDT

Tim Flannery, Pat Burrell

You know what 11 strikeouts in 13 World Series at-bats will get you? A new one-year contract, apparently.

According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have re-signed Pat Burrell to a “discounted, one-year contract,” pending a physical.

To be fair, while Burrell was all sorts of awful during the postseason, he batted .266/.364/.509 with 18 home runs, 51 RBI and an 872 OPS over 289 at-bats after the Rays gave up on him in May. He was a legitimate middle-of-the-order presence for the Giants during the second half of the season, slugging 13 home runs in 198 at-bats.

You can certainly make the case that Burrell deserves a chance at a repeat, but it’s worth noting that the Giants’ lineup is looking really, really old at the moment. By Opening Day next season, Andres Torres and Freddy Sanchez will be 33, Burrell and Aubrey Huff will be 34 and Mark DeRosa and the newly-signed Miguel Tejada will be 36. Giants fans should hope that top prospect Brandon Belt tears the cover off the ball during spring training. Of course, Brian Sabean will probably find some reason to leave him in the minor leagues until around Memorial Day.

  1. pisano - Dec 2, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    I don’t know what the Giants are thinking. Talk about a guy who can’t hit his ass with both hands Burrell is the man. I would have thought long and hard before I brought this guy back.

    • merkleboner - Dec 2, 2010 at 1:31 AM


      “he batted .266/.364/.509 with 18 home runs, 51 RBI and an 872 OPS over 289 at-bats after the Rays gave up on him at the end of May”

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 2, 2010 at 8:11 AM

        That’s pretty much the ceiling with Burrell. He will drive Giants fans nuts. He goes for long stretches of feast or famine, then don’t expect much in game winning situations either. And oh yeah, He’s not really any good at running down balls in the OF either. Yet he’s still a nice enough guy for people to give him slack there. It’s a shame he’s a big guy or we could call him “scrappy”. Maybe he’s a gamer? naa too slow.

        Light bulb!

        He’s pretty fly for a white guy. I think I found the solution to the term “scrappy”.
        Black dudes who aren’t “all that” are “pretty fly”
        White dudes who aren’t “all that” are “pretty fly for a white guy”
        And they can play this when they come up to bat.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 2, 2010 at 8:30 AM

        So don’t debate, a player straight
        You know he really doesn’t get it anyway.
        He’s gonna play the field, and keep it real.
        For you no way, for you no way.
        So if you don’t rate, just overcompensate.

  2. FYMYAWF - Dec 2, 2010 at 3:31 AM

    I’m good with this. He’ll undoubtedly be a bench/spot-start/pinch-hit guy with DeRosa coming back to play LF, and he’s still capable of running into one, especially in clutch situations. And he’s clubhouse gold. Just having The Machine and RallyThong back together in the clubhouse is worth the $2-3 mill they’re likely paying him.

  3. BC - Dec 2, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    A one year contract for 11 strikeouts in 13 AB’s in the World Series? Heck, I could have done that. I could even gotten to 13 strikeouts in 13 AB’s. What’s the world coming to??!??

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 2, 2010 at 1:00 PM

      With the time it takes him to shuffle back to the dugout after K-ing, I think Bud Light should form a blue ribbon committee to investigate potential arm twisting by Schmuck and McCarebear.

  4. Amsterdamned - Dec 2, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Easy to explain, Brian Wilson demanded they bring back “The Machine”.

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