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UPDATE: Giants not releasing Pat Burrell on Thursday

Jul 27, 2011, 11:06 PM EDT

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According to our good friends at, the Giants are planning to release veteran outfielder Pat Burrell when their trade for Carlos Beltran is made final on Thursday afternoon.

The Giants will also option Brandon Belt back to Triple-A Fresno to clear a spot on the 25-man roster. Dumping Burrell clears a spot on the 40-man roster.

Burrell, 34, signed a one-year, $1 million free agent contract with San Francisco this winter. As of Wednesday, he’s batting just .233/.342/.419 on the year with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 80 games.

A few teams may be open to giving Burrell a minor league deal, but he’s doubtful to land with a contender.

UPDATE: Well, forget all that. According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Burrell, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list, will not be released Thursday.

  1. dkmuldoon - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Pat Burrell: .342 OBP.
    Brandon Belt: .338 OBP.
    Aaron Rowand: .294 OBP.

    One of these things is not like the other. Guess who still has a roster spot? #SabeanFail

    • 24may98 - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      Rowand 2011 pinch hitting 6 for 17 and 3 HR. Half his PH’s are HR’s this year.

      • 24may98 - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM

        Burrell 2011 pinch hitting 5 for 26 – 0 HR

        Indeed, one is not like the other likely pinch hitter

  2. Bill - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    .233/.342/.419, this year and in San Fran, is actually pretty damned good, enough for a 113 wRC+. Lots of contenders could use him. If you’ve got the choice of trading for Cuddyer and his contract or just picking up Burrell basically for free, I think you’ve got to pick up Burrell.

  3. halladaysbiceps - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    What the hell! Bring him back and give him a shot in a Phils uniform if they don’t make a trade, coming off the bench in a Matt Stairs type role. Hell, I’d even put him in right field right now over Dom Brown (lol!). He can do no worse defensively.

  4. dkmuldoon - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Also, Burrell isn’t actually eligible to be DFA’d until he comes off the DL, right? Not eligible to come off DL until Saturday….

  5. skerney - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Dear Mr. Amaro,
    Here is your right handed bat, courtesy of Brian Sabean. And you didn’t even have to give up Zack Wheeler. When Burrell hits a home run against the Giants I won’t even care. They’ll deserve it.

    • halladaysbiceps - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:25 PM

      The Phils clubhouse always loved Burrell’s dog, Elvis. He was a clubhouse favorite when Pat was here in Philly.

      • skerney - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:30 PM

        I smell NLCS glory for The Bat.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:34 PM

        I’m ok with Pat “The Bat” Burrell coming back to Philly. The guy I don’t want is Pat “The Machine” Burrell. He needs to leave his gimp suit in San Fran. The Philly’s fans will not be able to deal with his new persona.

      • bleedgreen - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

        I’d welcome back Pat. He shouldn’t have left, honestly.

  6. Jonny 5 - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    What are you people smoking anyway? Sorry, Phills fans specifically. John Mayberry is better than Burrell. He’s a much more versatile player who can play all 3 OF positions plus 1st base. Brown is better. Giants get Beltran and you want the Phillies to pick up their castoff? Really? Call it a trade season by picking up Pat Burrell? ooohhhkay……. Hamels vs. Cain just like in the playoffs. Did you not see the ineptitude of the offense against good pitching tonight? Phillies need to get a RH Bat. A real good one (not that it would have mattered against Cain tonight) That is all.

    • halladaysbiceps - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:38 PM

      Gload, who is a real good pinch hitter, but can barely walk: I would drop him for a power pinch hitter off the bench in the late innings. Gload wastes (2) bench players every time he gets on base because he always needs a pinch hitter. I have never seen anything like that in all my years of watching baseball. The Phils say they need more power. Well, if you can’t consumate a trade, get this guy back.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:40 PM

        *he always needs a pinch runner.


      • Jonny 5 - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM

        hmmmm? Maybe if to replace Gload. But I don’t know if that even helps things.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:08 AM


        Why not? Gload, because of his hip injury which requires season ending surgery, cannot even generate gap power. And he can’t even run well. What good is he, other than an occasional nickel and dime hit off the bench? They have nothing to lose taking a chance on Burrell providing some pop off the bench. I doubt it will happen, though.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:12 AM

        “UPDATE: Well, forget all that. According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Burrell, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list, will not be released Thursday.”

        Never mind. Shabby reporting by Comcast Sportsnet in the Bay Area. Pretty irresponsible to release a story like this without checking sources throughly, if you ask me.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:45 AM

        You’re saying replace Gload with Pat because Gload can’t run, correct? Do you not remember Pat’s inability to run, as well? Pat would’ve turned Utley’s inside-the-parker last night into a double.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:56 AM


        Of course I remember Pat’s lack of speed. But, he doesn’t have a major hip problem like Gload and can at least run the bases stationary. You bring Pat in for his power off the bench ala Matt Stairs. That’s all. At least most of the time, you would not have to bring in a pinch runner for Pat. Every time Gload hits a single, which he also can only hit because of his hip problem, you have to pinch run for the guy, always. He can’t run at all.

        All I want Pat to do is come off the bench and be a power threat.

    • drunkenhooliganism - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:21 AM

      He’s better than Ben Francisco. Better average, better OBP and better slugging percentage, despite playing in the tougher park.

  7. rjmarrella - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    BringTHE BAT back to Broad Street! Thanks San Fran!

  8. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    I dont want Burrell back. He is not an upgrade. I want Pence. Or Kemp. I’d not, then nobody. Stick with what they have and let the chips fall where they may. Cain owns the Phillies and he is a righty. Let’s all relax. It’s not like they are going to go 11-0 in the playoffs guys.

    • halladaysbiceps - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:23 AM

      Bench job in only reason I would accept Burrell back to replace Gload. Everyday right fielder is another matter. They are 2 different areas.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:24 AM

        Biceps, I think it might be a better option off the bench than Gload or Ben actually. Now that I’m done my knee jerk reaction. Although I’d hate to see him go cold off the bench like he was doing in TB.

        2 different areas.

    • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:29 AM

      Don’t worry, Chris. Macondo will always welcome Pat back as a prodigal favorite son, even though his .233 BA might be a little rich for Scrooge McLoria’s blood. This year, the budget-conscious Scrooge seems to have set .200 as the ceiling for inseason scrap heap reclamations, but with all kinds of rumors surrounding .300-hitting bench king Greg Dobbs these days maybe Beinfest and the Chihuahua can talk him into splitting the difference.

      And of course, Burrell brings all kinds of Veteran Leadership intangibles.

  9. phillyphan975 - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Yes, on Burrell’s incredible speed. Remember how he looked as if he was in slow motion? The funniest thing was does anyone remember the bench clearing brawl (I want to say in 2008 vs the Braves) and Pat was the first one to the mound? How the he11 does that even happen? The guy selling cracker jacks in section 214 should beat Pat to the mound…And he had to take the elevator!

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