Giants sign reliever Proctor to Minor League deal

Giants sign reliever Proctor to Minor League deal
SAN FRANCISCO -- Seeking to replenish their bullpen depth, the Giants signed right-hander Scott Proctor to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans confirmed the deal Thursday, one day after reports of the accord initially materialized.

Proctor, 36, led the American League with 83 appearances for the Yankees in 2006. He was widely considered a respectable setup reliever until an ailing elbow forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery in May 2009, which sidelined him for that year. He last performed in the Majors in 2011 with the Braves and Yankees.

Proctor spent last season attempting to regain his form with the Doosan Bears in Korea. Evans said that Proctor has regained much of his fastball velocity and is capable of throwing in the mid-90 mph range.

"Basically, he's trying to get a fresh start," Evans said of Proctor, who's likely to compete with right-hander Jean Machi and others for the bullpen vacancy created by Guillermo Mota. Having pitched for San Francisco from 2010-12, the 39-year-old Mota is unlikely to return to the World Series champions.

In 307 big league appearances since 2004, all but one in relief, Proctor is 18-16 with a 4.78 ERA. He has walked 167 and struck out 291 in 343 innings.

San Francisco also signed Ryan Sadowski, another right-hander who spent 2012 in Korea. Sadowski received his lone Major League experience with the Giants in 2009, posting a 2-4 record in six starts. He replaced a struggling Jonathan Sanchez in the rotation and pitched 13 shutout innings while winning his first two starts. Sadowski then yielded 14 earned runs in 15 1/3 innings spanning his next four outings, prompting his return to the Minors.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.