Seemingly operating under the strategy that if they acquire enough weak-hitting players they will eventually add up to form a decent baseball player, the Giants reportedly completed a trade for OF Jose Guillen on Friday, as originally reported by ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas. It was later confirmed by Ken Rosenthal, who quoted a "rival executive" as saying "Guillen to [the Giants] is 'done.'"
Once the deal is final, Guillen is expected to be in San Francisco in time to play in this weekend's series with the Padres, which begins Friday.
Guillen was designated for assignment by the Royals on Aug. 5, giving them until Saturday to trade, release or reinstate him. The 34-year old, in the final year of his three-year, $36 million deal, is hitting .255/.314/.429 in 2010, with just 169 innings in right field.
If you're wondering how this deal makes sense, you're not the only one. Cue ESPN's Rob Neyer:
Jose Guillen is -- and I hope you're sitting down for this shocking news -- isn't real good. Since joining the Royals in 2008, he's got a .256/.308/.420 line. Yeah, maybe moving to the National League will help. It sure helped Pat Burrell. But I'm not sure how many times you can go to that well. And I grieve for the Giants' pitchers, who will now have two DH types stumbling around in the outfield almost every time out.