SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants made another move to bolster their organizational depth Thursday, signing longtime Padre Chris Denorfia to a minor league deal.
Denorfia, 35, was in camp with the New York Yankees this spring but opted out of that deal. He has played 10 big league seasons, five with the Padres, but hasn't appeared at any level since spring training. Denorfia had a .269/.319/.373 slash line in 103 games with the Cubs last season. He is a .285 career hitter against left-handers.
The addition adds a veteran in Triple-A on the day Hunter Pence underwent hamstring surgery that will keep him out two months. Angel Pagan is expected back within a week, but the Giants were eager to add additional depth down in the upper levels of the minors. Denorfia could eventually be a bench option, although the Giants would certainly like to see Mac Williamson or Jarrett Parker run with that role.
Earlier Thursday, the Sacramento River Cats announced that Travis Ishikawa had been added to the roster a day after the Giants confirmed his return to the organization. To clear a roster spot in Triple-A, the River Cats sent another familiar name -- Darren Ford -- to Double-A Richmond.