Thearon W. Henderson
After a disappointing year with the Mets, Andres Torres is headed back to the Bay Area.
The San Francisco Giants have been reunited with Andres Torres, as the club announced a one-year, $2 million deal with the 34-year-old outfielder on Thursday, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. The deal will be finalized once Torres passes a physical.
Torres, the starting center fielder on the Giants' 2010 championship team, was traded to the New York Mets with reliever Ramon Ramirez last year for Angel Pagan. The Mets nontendered the speedy outfielder after he hit just .230 with three home runs, 30 RBI and 13 stolen bases last season.
The switch-hitting Torres could spell Gregor Blanco in left field when a left-handed pitcher is on the mound, but will most likely used as a late-inning pinch hitter or pinch-runner. He hit .286 in 171 plate appearances against left-handed pitching last season.
In eight big league seasons, Torres has hit .241 with 30 home runs, 151 RBI and 73 stolen bases.