Don't write off Pat Burrell just yet 

June, 4, 2010
It's easy to dismiss the Pat Burrell signing by the San Francisco Giants as an act of desperation that is doomed to be irrelevant, but I don't buy it. I have hope for the veteran DH/outfielder, despite the fact that he batted only .216 over a season-plus with the Tampa Bay Rays leading up to his release a few weeks ago. He hit a total of 16 home runs (one for each million dollars he earned!) in 496 at-bats with the American League club, none of them against left-handed pitching. He's a below-average left fielder, at best, and if he's going to help the Giants or fantasy owners, he'll have to use his glove.

This is definitely someone to watch in NL-only formats because, simply put, anyone with a track record like Burrell's and some chance to regain his slugger status becomes interesting. The latest hot rumor is that Burrell will be recalled by the Giants for this weekend's series at Pittsburgh, and I'll certainly be paying attention to him in my deep leagues and NL-only formats.

Pat Burrell
Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesPeople forget that Pat Burrell has 267 career homers and is still just 33.
I know, I know, Pat the Bat has shown next to nothing with the lumber since leaving the Philadelphia Phillies after the 2008 season, so why would he have any more success leaving the fourth highest-scoring team in baseball (in terms of runs scored) to head to the Giants, who rank 25th in the majors in runs, play in the more pitcher-friendly league and play home games at a pitchers' ballpark? Well, if you choose to ask that question, there's really not much I can say in Burrell's defense. After all, there is ample evidence Burrell will not become ownable in ESPN standard (10-team) mixed leagues any time soon. However, I'm not expecting Burrell to be a 33-homer guy, as he was in 2008. I just expect relevance. You know, 2008 was really not that long ago.