Even if he returns as a bench player, Pat Burrell would like to return to the Giants next season.
"I came here from being on the couch doing nothing. It wasn't like my phone was ringing off the hook," Burrell told the San Francisco Chronicle 's Henry Schulman . "For me, I got a lot of appreciation for this club giving me a chance. I'd be thrilled if they wanted to have me back."
Tampa Bay released him in May. Burrell signed a two-year, $16 million contract before the 2009 season. After making more than $14 million in 2008, it seemed at the time the Rays made one of the better bargain signings of that offseason. Instead, Burrell struggled with the Rays.
In his first season, Burrell hit .221/.315/.367 with 14 home runs. This season he was off to another slow start, hitting .202/.292/.333 with two homers and 13 RBI when he was jettisoned by the Rays.
The Giants signed Burrell to a minor-league contract on May 29 and he was with the Giants the next week.
Since joining San Francisco, the Northern California native has hit .266/.370/.514 with 14 homers and 39 RBI in 222 at-bats.
The Giants not only have Aaron Rowand under contract for next season, but also Mark DeRosa, who is expected to return healthy. Cody Ross and Andres Torres are arbitration-eligible. Nate Schierholtz is under team control, as is Eugenio Velez, Prospect Brandon Belt (.352/.455/.620 with 23 home runs and 112 RBI in the minor leagues) is knocking down the door to the big leagues, as well. So while Burrell would like to come back, it might be tough to find a place to play him.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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