The San Francisco Giants are nearing a minor-league deal with veteran outfielder Drew Stubbs, according to multiple sources.
Spring training may have concluded, but the San Francisco Giants are close to adding another veteran to the organization in outfielder Drew Stubbs, who recently elected for free agency after failing to crack the Minnesota Twins’ Opening Day roster.
Multiple injuries sustained by Michael Morse, Mac Williamson, and now Denard Span prompted the signing as the Giants’ outfield depth stretches thinner and thinner. Span is not in today’s lineup due to a sore hip, the same one which required surgery in 2015. Steven Duggar is currently out of action as well due to a strained flexor muscle in his forearm.
Stubbs, 32, found himself bouncing between the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles last season, playing 20 games with Atlanta and Baltimore and 19 with Texas. Over 94 plate appearances, Stubbs hit a lowly .225/.330/.338 with a wRC+ of 84.
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Should Stubbs find himself on the big league team, Bruce Bochy would mostly utilize him against left-handed pitching as an alternative to Jarrett Parker and Gorkys Hernandez. In 952 plate appearances against southpaws, Cincinnati’s former first-round pick has a slash line of .272/.348/.444 with 33 home runs and a wRC+ of 113.
San Francisco signed another right-handed bat who can hit well against lefties in Justin Ruggiano this past offseason. Ruggiano hits noticeably better against left-handers compared to Stubbs, boasting a slash line of .275/.338/.527 with a wRC+ of 137 in 555 plate appearances.