SAN FRANCISCO -- Gordon Beckham spent only a week with the Giants last season, but he made a big enough impact that he's getting a shot at an Opening Day roster spot.
Beckham got a minor league deal with the Giants on Wednesday, per Yahoo Sports. The 30-year-old joins a crowded group of veterans who will try to win a backup job in the infield. He will compete with the likes of fellow non-roster invitees Jimmy Rollins and Jae-Gyun Hwang, 40-man addition Orlando Calixte, and incumbent Kelby Tomlinson.
Beckham spent most of last season in Atlanta, hitting just .217 before a Sept. 27 trade to the Giants. He was hitless in five at-bats after being acquired as late-season infield depth, but teammates and coaches raved about the impact he had on a clubhouse that often felt lifeless during a second-half collapse.
Several team employees compared Beckham, a longtime friend of Buster Posey, to past Giants like Ryan Theriot and Jeremy Affeldt, who helped keep the room loose in down times. One member of the clubhosue even made a point of approaching general manager Bobby Evans after the season to relay the impact that had been made in such a short time.
Evans said at the winter meetings that he hoped to bring Beckham back, but he'll need a hot spring with the bat to actually win a roster spot. If he does make it, Beckham will make $1.25 million in the big leagues, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Mets spent the first half of this week in Los Angeles, where they got swept by the Dodgers and outscored 36-11. Their beat writers publicly wrote an end to any thoughts of the postseason. The fan base renewed the calls for manager Terry Collins to be fired.
That’s where they were. And then they flew to San Francisco.
AT&T Park continues to be a place where others get healthy, and this weekend it was the Mets. The Giants lost 8-2 on Sunday, getting swept by a similarly disappointing team. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games.
There’s not much more to be said about it, but I did anyway. Here are five things to know from the day a relief pitcher got an at-bat but it would have been far too cruel to text your friends …
—- Matt Moore’s line: 4 1/3 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, three walks, five strikeouts. Through 16 starts, he has a 6.04 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. He ranks last among qualified NL starters in ERA. Only Matt Cain (1.73) has a worse WHIP. Good times.
—- Mets righty Rafael Montero entered with an 0-4 record and 6.49 ERA. He gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings. Good times.
—- With runners on the corners and two outs in the third inning, Brandon Belt strolled to the plate. He leads the team in homers. Hunter Pence tried to steal second for some reason and he was caught, ending the inning and keeping Belt from batting in a two-run game. Good times.
—- With two on and no outs in the sixth, the Giants sent the runners to make sure Buster Posey didn’t hit into a double play. Posey popped up softly to first and Joe Panik was doubled off of second. Good times.
—- One last bit of bad news: Austin Slater was removed from the game with a tight right hip flexor.
Barry Bonds stepped into Giants' broadcast booth with Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow during the top of the third inning Sunday and Kuiper immediately brought up the shape Bonds is in at 52 years old.
"Still think you can play, probably?" Kuiper asked Bonds.
After giving Kuiper the look, Bonds replied, "About an inning or two."
Moments later, the cameras moved to McCovey Cove past the right field wall at AT&T Park where Bonds famously hit home runs deep into the water. Of the 73 Splash Hits off Giants bats into the cove, Bonds is responsible for 35 of them.
Now an avid cyclist who still picks up a bat from time to time, Bonds is fully confident that number would rise if he stepped into the batter's box again.
"I promise you I will," Bonds replied when Krukow asked if he could still hit home runs into the water. "Without a doubt."
Krukow predicted Bonds would need 10 swings to get it done. Bonds says he might need just a few more.
"Well it would take me eight swings to get warmed up, three pop ups and then I'd get it," he said with a laugh.
During spring training this year, Bonds joined the Giants as a special instructor. And he proved his claim of more Splash Hits could certainly be true as he showed off his legendary swing and cracked balls over the wall in Scottsdale.
Bonds hit his final home run of his career, No. 762, on Sept. 5, 2007 on the road against the Rockies in a 5-3 Giants win. The Giants are adding Bonds to their Wall of Fame on July 8.