Burrell's back ... with the Giants
UPDATE, 2:44: Burrell's deal is for $1-million plus incentives, according to Foxsports.com's Ken Rosenthal, as he wanted to stay in S.F.
DEVELOPING: Pat Burrell's resurgence in San Francisco after his dismal failure with the Rays not only got him a second World Series ring, but also another contract.
Burrell has a deal to re-sign with the Giants on a one-year contract. While the terms of the deal haven't come out yet, it's surely for considerably less than than $9-million salary he got last season as the second half of the two-year, $16-million deal he signed with the Rays. Burrell's role isn't clear, and he may end up a part-time player, but that's more for 2011 than he seemed in line for when released by the Rays in May.
There's news on a couple other familiar names as well.
Lefty reliever Brian Shouse has decided to retire, according to Foxsports.com. Shouse, 42, pitched in 45 games for the Rays during the 2009 season, missing time mid-season with an injury. He signed a minor-league deal with Boston for last season and was released, then tried to make a comeback late in the season with the Rays but got no higher than Triple-A Durham. His last major-league appearance was Oct. 1, 2009 at the Trop against Baltimore.
Righthanded reliever Winston Abreu, who had two very successful seasons at Triple-A Durham and one short stint with the Rays, signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, according to Baseball America's Matt Eddy. Abreu, 32, has spent 17 seasons in pro ball and pitched in just 38 games, 26 of which were in the 2007 season with Washington.