Jerry Crasnick of ESPN say (via twitter) the San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms with reliever Clay Hensley. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (in a later tweet) confirmed the signing, and that the contract is non-guaranteed. Hensley has to win a job in Spring Training to crack the Opening Day roster.
There is a bullpen spot that could be Hensley’s since the Giants traded away Ramon Ramirez in the Angel Pagan trade. Giants fans might remember Hensley for a couple different reasons. He was drafted by the Giants in the 8th round of the 2002 draft and was traded to the Padres for Matt Herges in 2003. Fans might also remember Hensley as the pitcher that gave up Barry Bonds 755th career home run on August 4, 2007.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says (via twitter) Ryan Theriot and the Giants have reached an agreement. It’s a 1-year deal for $1.25 million (non-guaranteed, like Hensley).
Theriot is coming in to add some infield depth and give manager Bruce Bochy some options at shortstop. Brandon Crawford should still be the Opening Day shortstop, but Bochy now has other options if Crawford has some early struggles. Theriot, Mike Fontenot and Manny (Emmanuel) Burriss will be competing for bench roles at Spring Training.
What’s your thoughts on the two signings, and the competition that’s in place for bench roles?
~King of Cali (Steven)
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