It is likely that Giants free agent utility infielder Ryan Theriot will not be re-signing with the team, but he hasn’t shut the door on playing somewhere else.
Last week, it was reported that the man who scored the game winning run to the clinch the 2012 World Series was considering retiring and becoming an agent.
However, Theriot told the San Francisco Chronicle that he has not closed the door on playing and talked to a big-league team as recently as Wednesday.
The one caveat is that he doesn’t want to be relegated to backup position.
Last month, Giants Vice President of Baseball Operations Bobby Evans told KNBR that “we are not an option for him.”
He stated that Theriot would like to play with a team where he is not simply a utility infielder, and with Marco Scutaro re-signing this past offseason, Theriot would be relegated to that role should he return.
The Rangers, Indians, and Phillies have all expressed interested in signing Theriot, but it is unclear how much they are intrigued now.
Theriot hit .270 with no home runs and 28 RBI in 104 games last season for the Giants. He was a starter for a portion of the year, but finished the season on the bench as a pinch hitter or defensive replacement.
In eight seasons in the big leagues, Theriot has a career batting average of .281.