Pat Burrell may rejoin the Giants as a part-time coach

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Pat Burrell retired last month after a 12-season career, but the 35-year-old former No. 1 overall pick may soon be back with the Giants as a part-time coach and special assistant.

Burrell is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, but once he’s healthy general manager Brian Sabean told Chris Haft of MLB.com that “we hope to figure something out” to bring him back into the fold.

Based on reputation alone Burrell might seem like an odd fit for an immediate return to coaching, but Haft writes that “his selective plate approach impressed the Giants and prompted their desire to add him to their staff.”

True enough, as Burrell averaged 92 walks per 162 games during his career and posted a strong .361 on-base percentage despite a sub par .253 batting average. He spent one-and-a-half seasons with the Giants and was part of the championship team in 2010, although he went 0-for-13 in the World Series.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.