SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants signed Pat Burrell to a Minor League contract Saturday, sending the 33-year-old outfielder to Triple-A Fresno for an evaluation period. Burrell was to join Fresno on Saturday in Salt Lake City and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Burrell will get at-bats as an outfielder and designated hitter. "The thought of signing him to help us off the bench, give us a right-handed bat, some power, a good threat coming off the bench and help us late in games and maybe play against certain pitchers," Bochy said. "Right now he needs some at-bats in the Minor Leagues, and we'll see where he's at in the next 10 days or so."
Burrell, an alumnus of San Jose's Bellarmine Prep, was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay on May 22 after beginning the season hitting .202 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 24 games, all as designated hitter. He is a .253 lifetime hitter with 267 career home runs and 904 RBIs.