SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants finalized a minor league deal with Melvin Upton Jr. on Wednesday morning, adding a depth piece that looks more and more critical by the game. Upton Jr., released earlier this month by the Blue Jays, is at the facility in Scottsdale getting up to speed at extended spring training. He is expected to join Triple-A Sacramento at some point soon.
The Giants have added two veterans -- Upton Jr. and Drew Stubbs -- in recent weeks to potentially fill holes in the outfield. Two of their spring depth options, Michael Morse and Mac Williamson, remain in Arizona rehabbing injuries. Steven Duggar, their top center field prospect, is also hurt. At the big league level, the outfield is off to a rough start.
Giants left fielders are 2-for-32 this season with 13 strikeouts. Gorkys Hernandez, the current backup in center field, has two hits in 25 at-bats and a misplay in center field Tuesday night was costly.
Upton Jr., 32, is also prone to striking out and he has never been a high-average or on-base player, but he hit 20 homers last season for the Blue Jays and Padres and stole 27 bases. He can play all three outfield spots but he has primarily been a center fielder.