LOS ANGELES -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy shared the consensus opinion that outfielder Fred Lewis, who was traded Thursday to the Toronto Blue Jays, needed a fresh start with another team.
"I'm happy for Freddie," Bochy said Friday. "But we're backed up here with outfielders."
Bochy mentioned that Lewis seemed to get "derailed" offensively early last season. Following a promising 2008 performance (.282, 81 runs scored in 133 games), Lewis drove in one run in the first month of '09 and finished with the fifth-fewest RBIs (20) among Major Leaguers with at least 300 plate appearances.
"This could be a case where a change of scenery would be good for him," Bochy said of Lewis, who began the season on the disabled list with a sore left side.
Bochy said that he spoke with Lewis after the trade and wished him well.
"He came into spring with a great attitude and worked his tail off," Bochy said. "I don't know what their plans are for him, but I think he'll help their club."