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.
The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to a four-year deal worth $64 million. The contract includes opt-outs after both 2020 and 2021, which is certainly good for Castellanos, allowing him to go back out on the market if he has a big year. Odd that the Reds would agree to that, but on an annual basis it’s kind of a bargain for them so you figure that has something to do with it.
With Castellanos in the fold the Reds are going to have a lot of outfielders when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton already on the roster. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps taking over short from Freddy Galvis, who could be dealt. Alternatively, the Reds could trade from their newfound outfield surplus.
Castellanos, however, will have left field to himself. While he’s shaky at best with the glove, he had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power.
Now that he’ll be playing in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.