Jon Heyman reports that the Giants signed infielder Gordon Beckham to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. If he makes the club he’ll make $1.25 million.
Beckham finished the 2016 season with the Giants after coming over in trade from Atlanta just before the end of the season. For the Braves he hit .217/.300/.354 with five home runs and 30 RBI in 273 plate appearances. For the Giants went 0-for-5 in six plate appearances.
Beckham can play second, third and short and should be in the mix for a utility role in San Francisco.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.