Giants sign Ryan Theriot to one-year, $1.25 million contract

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Ryan Theriot has agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Giants that includes $750,000 in potential incentives, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Theriot has been a starter for most of the past five seasons, but his performance ceased warranting regular playing time several years ago.

He hit just .271 with a .321 on-base percentage and .342 slugging percentage in 132 games last season–which was actually better than his 2010 production–and at age 32 is a sub par defender at shortstop.

Of course, Heyman called Theriot “a good veteran shortstop option” because … well, that’s what he does.

Theriot figures to compete with 25-year-old Brandon Crawford for the starting job in spring training and Crawford is a weak enough hitter that Theriot might actually have a chance to win the gig. And if not he’ll settle for a utility man role. If nothing else Giants fans should be used to this after they signed Miguel Tejada to be their starting shortstop last winter.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.