The San Francisco Giants announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $2 million with outfielder Andres Torres, pending a physical.
Torres returns to the Giants after spending last season with the New York Mets. He was an integral part in the Giants’ 2010 World Series run, hitting .268 with 16 home runs and 26 stolen bases.
However, he struggled in 2011, hitting just .221 with four home runs in 112 games. The journeyman was shipped off to the Mets in the off-season with relief pitcher Ramon Ramriez for Angel Pagan, who just recently signed a four-year, $40 million deal to remain with the Giants.
The 2012 season was much of the same for Torres, who turns 35 next month. He hit .230 with three home runs in 132 games in New York.
The switch-hitter will most likely be more of a role/bench player for the Giants as a pinch runner or late-game defensive replacement. Or, he could be the platoon complement to Gregor Blanco in left field, as he did hit .286 against lefties last season.