Giants sign veteran Guyer to AAA deal

Brandon Guyer has not seen a big league pitch since the 2018 season while he was with the Cleveland Indians. No less, Guyer has been known for getting hit by pitches and in that season alone he got hit 11 times. He first broke into the big leagues when he was drafted by the Cubs in the 5th round of the June Amateur draft out of the University of Virginia back in 2007. He was then traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011 with Chris Archer, Robinson Chirinos and Sam Fuld for Matt Garza, Fernando Perez and Zac Rosscup. While with the Rays, he hit .255 with 21 homers and 76 RBis including 4 triples and 49 doubles as well as leading the league with 31 hit by pitches in 978 at bats.

Guyer was traded to the Indians at the end of the 2016 season for Nathan Lukes and Jhonleider Salinas. He spent 3 seasons with Cleveland and hit just .241 with 11 home runs and drove in 61 runs, with 23 doubles and 2 triples. He managed being hit just 27 times in 3 years before hitting the free agency market and signing with the White Sox in 2019 and only played in 16 games in their AAA farm system. He hit just .244 in 49 plate appearances with 6 RBIs and had 10 strikeouts and 5 walks with only 1 triple and 3 doubles.

Before the Giants signed him earlier today to a minor league deal, the 34 year old had been in the Puerto Rico Winter League playing for the Criollos de Caguas. Appearing in just 5 games he had 2 hits including a double but had a .133 batting average with 3 strikeouts.

He joins the Giants outfielder carousel in hopes of a starting job in the 2020 season with Spring Training starting in just a couple weeks.

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