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Glad to be back with Giants, Torres reports early


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Try to imagine Andres Torres playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. That's right, you can't.

Neither could Torres, though he said that the Dodgers were among the few teams that pursued him in free agency this past offseason. Torres, a popular Giant from 2009-11, re-signed with San Francisco for one year and $2 million after a subpar 2012 season with the New York Mets (.230 batting average, .664 OPS in 132 games).

Reporting to camp three days before position players are due, Torres said Tuesday that the Dodgers, Reds and Mets expressed interest in him along with the Giants. But Torres' loyalty to the organization and the city trumped all.

"I know that sometimes you have to move on, but I have to be realistic," Torres said. "San Francisco gave me the opportunity when I was in the Minors. I'll always appreciate it."

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