In a move that will make fans of the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants happy, the team has agreed to terms on a 1 year, $2 million contract with Andres Torres. The deal is pending a physical according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
During the 2010 season Torres hit .268 for San Francisco at the top of the order, played great defense in center field and scored 84 runs. After struggling in 2011 with a .221 batting average and only 50 runs scored the Giants traded him in the offseason to the New York Mets for Angel Pagan.
Pagan, of course, would become the leadoff hitter for the Giants in 2012 and help lead them to their second World Series in three years.
A lot has changed for Torres since he won the World Series, and now he returns to the team that gave him a chance. However, with Angel Pagan penciled in as the 2013 leadoff hitter and everyday center fielder, Torres will likely platoon with current left fielder Gregor Blanco and come off the bench to give Pagan rest late in games or days off during long stretches of play.
This move should be embraced by fans of the San Francisco Giants as one of the great personal stories of the 2010 season comes back home. Andres Torres‘ heart and never say die attitude helped bring San Francisco it’s first title since moving to the Bay Area in 1958. The question now is whether or not his return will help bring the city its 3rd title in 4 years?