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Giants reportedly adding Maybin to OF mix

February 16, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Four days after signing Gerardo Parra, the Giants are close to adding another veteran reinforcement to their crop of outfielders.The Giants are working to finalize a Minor League deal with outfielder Cameron Maybin, MLB.com has confirmed. Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic were the first

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Four days after signing Gerardo Parra, the Giants are close to adding another veteran reinforcement to their crop of outfielders.
The Giants are working to finalize a Minor League deal with outfielder Cameron Maybin, MLB.com has confirmed. Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic were the first to report news of the pending deal.
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Maybin plays all three outfield spots and can serve as a right-handed-hitting complement to Steven Duggar in center field. The 31-year-old batted .249 with a .662 OPS, four home runs and 10 stolen bases in 129 games between the Marlins and Mariners in 2018.
A first-round Draft pick of the Tigers in 2005, Maybin has played for the Padres, Marlins, Tigers, Angels, Mariners, Braves and Astros over his 12-year career in the Majors.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi had wanted to add multiple established outfielders this offseason, and he has now seemingly accomplished that goal by acquiring Parra and Maybin this week.
While Parra and Maybin will be brought into camp as non-roster invitees, they are likely to make the Opening Day roster given the youth and inexperience of the rest of the Giants' outfield contingent, which includes Duggar, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Chris Shaw and Rule 5 Draft pick Drew Ferguson.
Worth noting
• Manager Bruce Bochy has liked what he's seen so far from switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, who joined the Giants on a one-year deal in December. Venditte, 33, alternated throwing from the right side and the left side during his first bullpen session earlier this week.
"He's got a nice angle," Bochy said. "He's pretty impressive really with what he's able to do and command it. It's a tough at-bat. You get the matchup. He's coming from behind the hitter on both sides. When he came up last year, he did a nice job for the Dodgers. He threw the ball well."

When will Bochy use Venditte?
"Probably when I'm stuck and I don't know what matchup I want," Bochy joked. "I'll just put him out there, and I can't get questioned on it."
• Dan Fouts, the Hall of Fame quarterback who spent his entire career with the San Diego Chargers, visited Giants camp Saturday and spent some time chatting with Bochy.
"He usually stops by and spends a day with us in the spring," Bochy said. "It's always good to see him. He's a big Giants fan."

Maria Guardado covers the Giants for MLB.com. She previously covered the Angels from 2017-18. Follow her on Twitter.