Well then. I must say, this isn’t surprising.
CBSSports.com broke the story:
Though Theriot better fits defensively as a second baseman, he has a great shot at significant playing time at shortstop for the Giants. The only person standing in his way is Brandon Crawford, who hit just .204/.288/.296 last season, which is dreadful. Crawford could then fit well as a late-inning defensive replacement, as he’s the superior defender. It’s just that the Giants need the most offense they can get from any spot.
I think I can sum up my feelings on Theriot: he’s a poor defender at shortstop but he’s a much (infinitely?) better player than Emmanuel Burriss. He’ll come to Spring Training as the veteran challenger that will (theoretically) push Brandon Crawford. The Giants could chose to platoon Theriot with Crawford at shortstop. Theriot owns a career wRC+ of 107 against left-handed pitching, so he has some uses, but he certainly isn’t a “lefty masher”.
Theriot, 32, owns a career slash-line of .282/.344/.353 across seven seasons, mostly with the Cubs.
EDIT: I actually talked a little bit about Theriot in my post ‘Visually comparing free agent shortstops‘. This is what I had to say:
He’s in the bottom third for hitting (25 out of 34), fielding (23 out of 34), and baserunning (29 out of 34). And yet he’s played a ton (6 out of 34). Go figure. For me, I’d place him in the minor league contract category. Though, I can see the Giants going for him if they want a utility player to shift between 2B and SS, even though by all accounts he’s a below average defender at short.