The last time Brandon Beachy was a consistent starter in the big leagues, Buster Posey had only one World Series title, but the Giants reportedly are taking a flier on the former Braves standout.
The Giants and Beachy have agreed to a minor league contract, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Saturday.
Beachy, 32, hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2015, when he made two starts for Farhan Zaidi’s Dodgers. Beachy twice signed with the Dodgers during Zaidi’s time there, but he has been off the radar for most of the past half-decade.
Beachy broke through with the Braves in 2011 and had a 3.68 ERA in 25 starts. The next year, he posted a 2.00 in 13 starts, and led the majors in ERA before having Tommy John surgery. He never made it back to that form and had a second Tommy John surgery in 2014.
Continued elbow injuries knocked Beachy out of baseball in 2016 but he resurfaced in independent ball last season, throwing 12 2/3 innings for the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League.
If he makes it back, Beachy would be one hell of a story, the second coming of Ryan Vogelsong, in a way. For now, he figures to get a shot to serve as Triple-A depth. While the Giants feel good about their big league rotation, they do not have much in terms of starting pitching at the upper levels of the minors.