PITTSBURGH - The San Francisco Giants have purchased Pat Burrell's contract from Triple A Fresno, 3 weeks after the longtime Phillies leftfielder was released by Tampa Bay.
Burrell, 33, hit .313 (5-for-16) with one homer and six RBI in five Fresno games. He went hitless in two at-bats at Las Vegas on Thursday before joining the Giants in time for last night's game in Pittsburgh.
Burrell was in the second year of a 2-year, $16 million contract with Tampa Bay when he was released May 15. He hit .202 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 24 games for the Rays. Last season, he batted .221 with 14 homers and 64 RBI in 412 at-bats. Burrell has 267 home runs and 904 RBI with the Phillies (2000-08) and Tampa Bay (2009-10). *