Dec. 1, 2010
URBAN ARCHIVEGIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEOMychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com
The Giants have reached a tentative agreement with Pat Burrell to bring the right-handed slugger back to San Francisco for the 2011 season, a major league source close to the situation told CSNBayArea.com.
Financial terms were unavailable, but the deal reportedly comes at a discounted rate with respect to the 9 million Burrell received from the Tampa Bay Rays last season. The deal is said to have multiple financial incentive clauses attached.
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The Rays cut Burrell after he hit .202 with two home runs in 24 games. He was then signed to a minor league contract by the Giants and eventually earned himself the starting left field position, playing a key role in the run to the World Series.
It's expected that Burrell, 34, will have the chanceto earn back the starting left field position come spring training.
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Burrell, 34, hit 18 home runs in 96 games for the Giants, batting at a .266 clip, but will be most remembered for his late inning heroics. Perhaps the most memorable was a game-winning, two-run homer in the eighth inning against the Dodgers on July 31 at AT&T Park.
He had a difficult World Series, going 0 for 13 with 11 strikeouts. He had 22 strikeouts in 49 at-bats overall during the postseason.
Pending a physical, Burrell will rejoin his good friend Aubrey Huff, who re-signed with San Francisco on Nov. 23. Burrell is a Bay Area native who played high school ball at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose.
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The deal likely won't be officially announced until Friday.
Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area Newsgroup was the first to report the deal was imminent.