Burrell may be a Giant (or a Triple-A Grizzlie)
Just when it appeared the 29 other teams had lost his number, Pat Burrell may have a new place to show up for work.
Burrell is reportedly in talks with the Giants, although on a minor-league deal. That's the word from Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, who reports the contract is in the "talking stages" and that Burrell does have other options he is mulling. ESPN's Buster Olney confirmed the Giants interest in a Twitter post. And Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal says the deal would have a "quick out date" of maybe two weeks, meaning either Burrell would be called up or allowed to leave. Also Rosenthal said Burrell would have a bench role if promoted woth "no promise" of at-bats.
The Chronicle reported last week the Giants had no interest in Burrell, but now says that changed because he was willing to discuss a minor-league deal.
The Rays dumped Burrell on May 15, owing him the rest of his $9-million salary. There was about $6.8-million remaining, and the only relief the Rays would get is if Burrell gets called up and the Giants (or whatever other team) would pay a pro-rated share of the $400,000 major-league minimum. The Rays get no break if he signs a minor-league deal.
In other ex-Ray news, OF Randy Winn (a former Giant) was designated for assignment by the Yankees as they made room to activate Curtis Granderson.