Marrero signed a contract with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. Marrero struggled during his time with the Giants, so rather than head to the minors to act as organizational depth, he'll head overseas to try to revive his career that way. The details of his contract are unknown at this time, but more likely than not, Marrero will try to return stateside in the next year or two.
Marrero cleared waivers Thursday and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento. Marrero was sent back to the minors earlier in the week after batting just .132 to start the season. He'll likely serve as an organizational depth piece unless he demolishes Triple-A pitching like he did last season in the Red Sox organization.
Marrero was designated for assignment by the Giants on Monday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The move was made to clear room for Drew Stubbs, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A on Monday. Marrero was struggling to start the year, slashing just .132/.171/.211 through 38 at-bats (15 games), prompting the Giants to seek an offensive upgrade in the outfield. It's unclear whether he'll accept his assignment to the minors in the event that he clears waivers.
Marrero is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rockies, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Despite the Rockies bringing a left-hander to the hill in Kyle Freeland, Marrero will find himself out of the lineup as the Giants look to extract more offense by using Brandon Belt in left field. Marrero still looks like the team's primary option in left field, but his .135/.175/.216 batting line over 40 plate appearances this season shouldn't inspire much confidence from fantasy owners.
Marrero is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. For the time being, it looks as though Marrero will serve as the Giants' primary left fielder while Jarrett Parker (clavicle) remains on the disabled list, but after going 0-for-7 at the dish while starting the last two games, he'll give way to Aaron Hill in left field. If neither Marrero nor Hill are able to generate much production in the weeks to come, it wouldn't be surprising if the Giants explored external options to provide an offensive upgrade at the position.