Late last night, there was a report from CSNBayArea.com that Pat Burrell was going to be released by the Giants to make room for the newly acquired Carlos Beltran. As it turned out, Burrell will not be cut, according to Giants GM Brian Sabean.Of course when the news broke, there was speculation that the Phillies could be interested in bringing back the veteran outfielder. But alas, it appears that if Burrell is going to add to his legendary World Series numbers (1-for-27, 16 Ks) it's going to have to come in a Giants uniform.
Fan reaction to the possible acquisition of Pat the Bat:
"Burrell is at the end of the road. He probably should have just retired after the Phils WS win and called it a career then. He hung on for a few more years and got another ring last year. And cashed some more big checks too." -denny b.
"Would I take a shot on him? If we miss out on Pence and Quentin, sure, I'd take a shot for a 2-month reunion tour. He can't play defense any more but, then again, is he really any worse than Dom & Ibanez? He's also hitting only .233, but we all know he's incredibly streaky and might well be due for one of those hot stretches like he had after the Giants signed him last year. If nothing else, he gets on base & has power. That makes him a better bench hitter than Francisco & better suited than anyone else on our bench to play DH if we should get to the World Series. I'm under no illusions that Burrell is anywhere near as good as he used to be and, of course, I'd rather have Pence or Quentin. But I put the odds of getting either at decidedly less than 50-50 & Burrell, even in his present form, would still be the 2nd best offensive player among our many outfielders." -bay_area_phan