SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The San Francisco Giants feel they have addressed their problems with starting pitching depth, but last season's downward slide also included far too many unproductive outfield at-bats from the likes of Andres Torres, Jeff Francoeur and Kensuke Tanaka.
To help bridge the gap in the outfield, the Giants on Saturday signed Tyler Colvin, a veteran who played for the Colorado Rockies last season. Colvin, 28, hit .160 a year ago while dealing with back tightness, but he has an intriguing resume. In 2012, Colvin hit 18 homers for the Rockies and posted an OPS of .858. In 2010, his first full big league season, Colvin hit 20 homers in just 358 at-bats for the Chicago Cubs.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Colvin would compete with Juan Perez and Roger Kieschnick for the fifth job in the outfield.
"He's an experienced player with a good bat," Bochy said. "You never know ... this spring he'll get some playing time. We're glad to have him here. He gives us more depth, and he'll be in the mix."
Colvin reached an agreement with the Baltimore Orioles in January, but the Orioles backed out of the deal after concerns were raised during Colvin's physical. The Orioles took heat for pulling a similar move with former A's closer Grant Balfour.
Colvin said his back tightness is a thing of the past. He's ready to put the Orioles ordeal in the past, too.
"Just seeing what they're doing over there (with physicals), it didn't really surprise me 100 percent," he said. "(But) I know how my body feels."
The Giants will almost certainly carry a fifth outfielder so that Michael Morse can be replaced late in games. Colvin was ready to throw his hat in the ring.
"I'm No. 88 right now," he said, pointing toward a locker that had a strip of tape on it, not a nameplate. "There's definitely motivation."
- On Friday, right-hander Tim Hudson said he still needed to take part in fielding drills, the final step before pitching in a game. A day later, Bochy revealed that Hudson sneaked on a field with the other pitchers to get a few fielding reps.
- Sandy Rosario (undisclosed leg injury) was held out of the team workout.