After a disappointing 2022 season, the San Francisco Giants have had a difficult offseason.
San Francisco barely missed out on Aaron Judge, lost left-hander Carlos Rodon, and failed to secure a deal with Carlos Correa.
The team did their best to make up for these losses by signing Mitch Haniger, Michael Conforto, Sean Manaea, and Ross Stripling.
This morning, they added another veteran and former star to their mix.
According to Robert Murray of FanSided, the Giants have signed outfielder Stephen Piscotty to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.
On Twitter, Jon Heyman confirmed Murray’s report of the signing.
Stephen Piscotty signs minors deal with Giants, with MLB camp invite. Former A’s player is Bay Area native and Stanford product. @ByRobertMurray 1st
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 6, 2023
Piscotty, a Bay-Area native, has spent the past five seasons with the Oakland Athletics.
The 32-year-old and former slugger began his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015 and signed an extension early in the 2017 season.
When his mother fell ill with ALS, the Cardinals traded him to the A’s so that he could be closer to home.
The slugger and former top prospect had a disappointing season with the A’s in 2022, hitting just .190 with five home runs.
His best season came in 2018 when he hit .267 with 27 home runs and 88 RBI.
If he can return to his 2018 form, then the Giants may have something to work with in spring training.
An extra power bat in their lineup certainly wouldn’t hurt after they missed out on both Judge and Correa.
He’ll have a chance to prove himself in spring training and potentially earn a spot on the Giants Opening Day roster.NEXT: MLB Fan Reminds Everyone Of Tim Lincecum's Legendary Career