The Giants officially signed outfielder Gregor Blanco, CSNBayArea.com confirmed Tuesday morning after reporting the news last Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not discussed.
Blanco spent 2011 with the Triple-A affiliates of the Nationals and Royals. In 51 games with the Syracuse Chiefs and 23 games with the Omaha Storm Chasers, Blanco hit just .201, but stole 24 bases and had an on-base percentage of .350.
Signed by Atlanta as an amateur free agent in 2000, Blanco is just one year removed from a solid season with the Braves and Royals. In 2010, Blanco hit .283 with a .360 OBP and 11 steals in 85 games.
The editor of Baseball America tweeted last Wednesday that Octagon Baseball reported that Blanco, 27, signed with San Francisco, but it was not confirmed until early Tuesday.
Looking to split a four-game series at home with the Padres, Bruce Bochy is going with a Giants rookie at second base on Sunday.
San Diego Padres (42-55)
1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Carlos Asuaje (L) 2B
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
5. Jabari Blash (R) LF
6. Hector Sanchez (S) C
7. Cory Spangenberg (L) 3B
8. Allen Cordoba (R) SS
9. Dinelson Lamet (R) P
San Francisco Giants (38-61)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Miguel Gomez (S) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Ty Blach (R) P
Sergio Romo is headed to the American League.
After being designated for assignment on Thursday, the veteran reliever was traded by the Dodgers along with cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday evening.
The Dodgers will receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Romo's first season with the team he grew up rooting for didn't go as planned. In 30 games, Romo posted a 6.12 ERA.
The Brawley-native was drafted by the Giants in 2005 and spent nine seasons pitching for San Francisco.