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Giants sign Andres Torres after trading him for Angel Pagan

Dec 13, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

Andres Torres

As if getting Angel Pagan from the Mets last offseason in exchange for Andres Torres wasn’t enough of a victory for the Giants now Andrew Baggarly of reports that they’ve signed Torres to a one-year, $2 million deal as a free agent.

He was non-tendered by the Mets after hitting .230 with a .664 OPS in 132 games and Torres will now serve as Pagan’s backup while perhaps competing with Gregor Blanco for starts in left field.

So, to recap: Trade one outfielder for another outfielder, watch the guy you got have a very good year and the guy you gave up have a poor year, and then bring back the original guy on the cheap to serve as the new guy’s backup. Now, re-signing Pagan for $40 million may end badly, but still. Not bad, Giants.

  1. jkcalhoun - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    It’s a bless!

  2. raysfan1 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Well that trade definitely gets filed under “win” for the Giants and “lose” for the Meta.

  3. SOBEIT - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Glad to have Torres back. Fan favorite for years who earned his way on the team to be a key contributor in 2010 run to WS. Great character and clubhouse guy. The Giants are all about small ball at AT&T now, so adding more speed with a player we are familiar with makes sense…especially at $2M. He will add more depth off the bench as a pinch hitter or runner and as the post mentions…can get time in LF/CF. This effectively replaces the role Burriss filled off the bench.

    Lots of rumors about Hairston or Swisher still swirling out there with the Giants mentioned as one of the suitors. So it shall be interesting how the roster shuffles now that we have a full OF/bench with the addition of Torres.

  4. fissels - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Another great move by the Mets

    • vpettibone57 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      and im assuming you are glad torres is gone from the mets, well remember when pagan left everybody said good riddance and we all see what happened with that., glad to see torres back in san fran. he is back where people appreciate him.
      go giants !!!

  5. tsi431 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Actually, Pagan was traded for Ramon Ramirez and Torres.

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