SF Giants Rumors: Hensley And Theriot Sign, Competition In Place For Bench Roles

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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  • Ljones says:

    We all know that Bochy will be looking for a reason to sit Crawford and play the older Ryan Theroit. Crawford needs to be the every day SS even if he struggles at the plate. How ever Bochy likes old vets and not player development.

  • Lunchbox says:

    I can understand why Sabes and management decided to sign some insurance to help out Crawford. They don’t fully feel confident in his hitting, and perhaps the Theriot signing will help to ease Crawford’s transition into a starting SS.

    You don’t want to shatter his confidence by having him hit below the Mendoza line for the entire season, but you also don’t want to hinder his development as a professional ball player.

    I see a platoon, and if Crawford starts out in AAA and develops his hitting then I can see him moving up later in the season and taking over. I know, I know I’m playing the veteran player’s advocate.

  • Steverino says:

    I can’t believe anybody who has made it as far as fast as Crawford will have his confidence shattered by hitting poorly an entire season. These types of guys never loose faith in themselves. Even the ones who really don’t have the talent needed always believe they do.

    However, I do imagine these same confident players growing bitter by sitting on the bench behind some guy they know *in their mind* that they can outplay. This is where I think botchy stinks at player development. He loses them — not to a loss of confidence but a feeling of futility.
    Or at the very least, he gives them such sporadic opportunities that they have a hard time getting their grove going.

  • mike says:

    I agree Crawford should be given an extended look at shortstop, even if he struggles at the plate. A .225 average is acceptable, provided the rest of the lineup hits to their capabilities. His glove is critical to solidying the infield defense.

    As for Theriot, I like the insurance he provides. A veteran who can hit for average, though with little to no power. Theriot makes Fontenot expendable. In fact, it’s not clear to me why the Giants signed Fontenot, because his glove is not adequate to play SS on an extended basis if Crawford struggles, and he doesn’t hit as well as Keppinger who the Giants opted not to keep. Given Sanchez’ injury history, I thought it would have made more sense to keep Keppinger, and then sign a veteran SS who could play 80 games if Crawford struggles or gets hurt. Fontenot was never gonna be that guy; Theriot could be. Perhaps Keepinger would have cost too much $$$. Oh well, water under the bridge. Time to move on.