The Giants announced yesterday they have re-signed relief pitcher Jack Taschner to a one-year contract.
As Giants fans know, the team picked up two interesting free agents over the winter: infielder Edgar Renteria and pitcher Randy Johnson. While Renteria is a typical free-agent signing — a well-known player who may have two or three years left in him — Johnson is more intriguing. The 295 game winner may be 45 years old, but he won 11 games last year and, as many have pointed out, just having him on the roster means there are four or five games the Giants won’t lose this year, as he invariably beat them when pitching for the Diamondbacks.
With the addition of Johnson, the team is still looking for a big bat.
Speaking of veterans:
- Irascible Jeff Kent will retire tomorrow rather than face another season. Kent, 40, has seen his production slide in the last two years.
- Omar Visquel, who last played for the Giants but whom the Giants informed they will not re-sign, is expected to sign with the Texas Rangers.