According to a report, the San Francisco Giants have signed outfielder Tyler Colvin to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Colvin’s career has been up-and-down, marked by major peaks and valleys. As a rookie with the Cubs in 2010, Colvin hit .254/.316/.500 in 135 games with 60 runs, 18 doubles, five triples, 20 home runs and 56 RBI.
But he followed that up in 2011 with a .150/.204/.306 line in 80 games, with six homers and 20 RBI and a ticket back to Triple-A Iowa, where he hit just .256/.270/.478 with seven homers in 50 games.
Colvin was dealt with D.J. LeMahieu to the Rockies in December 2011 for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers and had a solid first season in Colorado, hitting .290/.327/.531 in 136 games, with 62 runs, 27 doubles, 10 triples, 18 homers and 72 RBI.
But he cratered again in 2013, posting a .160/.192/.280 line in 27 games with three homers and 10 RBI and was sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs for all but a couple of months last season, where he hit .275/.377/.480 in 67 games with nine homers and 32 RBI.
He refused a minor-league assignment in October and became a free agent.
Based on his career numbers, it would seem getting Colvin in an even-numbered year could be a good thing.
He was the 13th overall pick by the Cubs out of Clemson University in 2006 and debuted with Chicago in September 2009.