In the future, every journeyman infielder will be in Giants camp in Scottsdale for 15 minutes — Andy Warhol
The Giants signed Aaron Hill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He joins Jimmy Rollins, Gordon Beckham, Kelby Tomlinson Jae-gyun Hwang and Conor Gillaspie as backup infielders. Eduardo Nunez, Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik and Brandon Belt are, obviously, starters.
Hill hit .262/.336/.378 with 10 home runs last season for the Brewers and Red Sox and can play both second and third. Assuming five other dudes aren’t blocking his path.
The Giants and third baseman Conor Gillaspie have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $1.4 million salary for the 2017 season, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Gillaspie, 29, was eligible for arbitration in his second of three years. This past season, he stepped to the plate 205 times for the Giants, batting .262/.307/.440 with six home runs and 25 RBI. Of course, he’s remembered most for his tie-breaking and eventual game-winning three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning off of Mets closer Jeurys Familia in the National League Wild Card game. Gillaspie’s blast sent the Giants to the NLDS but they were sent home by the eventual world champion Cubs.
Eduardo Nunez is expected to get regular starts at the hot corner in 2017, so Gillaspie will serve as his backup.
Update (8:58 PM EDT): The Giants sent minor league infielder Richard Rodriguez to the Braves as part of the trade as well, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. The deal is now official.
The Giants have acquired infielder Gordon Beckham from the Braves in exchange for cash considerations, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Eduardo Nunez injured his hamstring on Sunday, leaving the Giants with another hole to fill at third base. Beckham isn’t eligible for inclusion on the Giants’ postseason roster.
Beckham, 30, hit .217/.300/.354 with five home runs and 30 RBI in 273 plate appearances with the Braves. He spent most of his time at second base but also spent some time at third base and shortstop. Beckham has nearly 1,500 career innings at third base, so moving back to the hot corner shouldn’t be a big deal.