12/19/2006 3:05 PM ET
Giants sign Ryan Klesko to one-year contract
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bolstering their depth with a solid left-handed bat, the San Francisco Giants have signed free-agent infielder/outfielder Ryan Klesko to a one-year contract, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.
Per club policy, financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Klesko has long been one of the National League's top left-handed hitters, compiling a lifetime .280 batting average with 316 doubles, 272 home runs and 943 RBI in 1,620 career games with Atlanta (1992-99) and San Diego (2000-06). The 35-year-old has combined power with an ability to get on base, as he boasts a .372 career on-base percentage and a .507 slugging mark.
Over 15 Major League seasons, the 2001 National League All-Star has hit .280 or better seven times, while accruing eight 20-homer campaigns, six years with at least 80 RBI and even a pair of 20-steal seasons. A lifetime .292 hitter off right-handed pitching, Klesko will be reunited in San Francisco with new Giants manager Bruce Bochy, for whom he played in San Diego the last seven seasons.
"Bringing Ryan on-board adds an element of versatility to our ballclub," Sabean said. "We have added an offensive threat that can play a couple of positions."
The 6-3, 220-pound Klesko missed the first 150 games of the 2006 season due to a strained left shoulder, but went 3-for-4 with two walks, one double and two RBI in pinch-hitting duty as his San Diego Padres captured the National League West crown. He then collected two hits in a trio of pinch-hit at-bats during the NLDS vs. St. Louis.
Klesko has split his career between first base and the outfield, logging 647 games at first base, 852 in left field and 33 in right. San Diego's regular first baseman from 2000-03, he owns a lifetime .992 fielding mark at the position (44 errors in 5,195 total chances).
A seasoned veteran of playoff baseball, Klesko has advanced to the post season on seven occasions with Atlanta (1995-99) and San Diego (2005-06). In 62 games during that span, he has hit .236 (39-for-165) with 10 home runs and 22 RBI. When the Braves captured the 1995 World Series, he powered Atlanta's lineup by belting three home runs in six contests.