Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract.
Mildly surprising that Hernandez had to settle for a minor league contract, but the free agent racket has become a tough one in recent years. As it is, he posted an ERA of 3.84 and struck out 80 batters in 72.2 innings while walking 32. That’s not amazing but he’s a useful bullpen piece in a game filled with teams who scramble for bullpen help in the middle of every season. Oh well.
Hernandez stands at least a moderate chance of making the Giants out of spring training.
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.
Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.
Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.