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Torres hit .286 with a .382 OBP against left-handers last year, so he’s a good bet to be your early platoon partner for Gregor Blanco. Is it powerful? No. But they’re both character guys who play a solid outfield, have some speed and can help out in center and right if needed. Given the dollar figure and the fact that the Giants already are over the $140 million mark and still need another reliever, it’s likely that this is their outfield move.
President of baseball operations Bobby Evans said at the winter meetings that the Giants were hopeful to give some younger players a long look, so this could also open the door for the likes of Francisco Peguero or Roger Kieschnick to contribute at some point. We’re talking about a player that’s going to hit seventh or eighth in the lineup, so the Giants can afford to mix and match a little. I do also suspect that — despite what they’re saying now — the Giants will give Brandon Belt some time in left field next spring. If he turns into a consistent hitter, they’ll need to find a way to keep him in there on days when Buster Posey needs to play first base.
Torres has had two down years in a row, but was a revelation in 2010 when he hit .268 with 16 homers and 26 stolen bases. The Giants traded him to the Mets last offseason along with Ramon Ramirez, getting Angel Pagan back. Now, the two will share the outfield. (And quite a few handshakes, I’m sure)
Torres, by the way, surely is thrilled. He made the rounds at AT&T Park when the Mets were here and shook hands with everyone from writers to security guards. He was also at AT&T Park for several playoff games, sitting a couple dozen rows back of home field.
— I spoke with Jeremy Affeldt yesterday for a future project, and he was very, very happy to see the moves the Giants made after bringing him back.
“It’s good to have our team back,” Affeldt said. “It’s a comfort thing, and comfort brings confidence. It’s about confidence, not necessarily having a big name lineup.”
Affeldt said he was relieved when the Giants stepped up early in the offseason and gave him the long-term deal that he was looking for to keep his family in one place.
— Remember how Angel Pagan said Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain told him to wear an elbow brace if he came back to San Francisco in a different uniform?
“I knew how bad we needed to have him back,” Vogelsong told me earlier this week. “Cain feels the same way.”
Told that it wasn’t hard to imagine him throwing at a former teammate, Vogelsong laughed. “Hey, I’m just glad to have them all back,” he said.
— Shane Loux tweeted yesterday that he has signed a deal to come back to the Giants next season.
— Good read from Jeff Passan on the Kansas City Royals, who are trying to duplicate the Giants’ 2012 run.
Back to hibernation. As you were.
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