Veteran infielder Rich Aurilia returned for another season with the San Francisco Giants on Monday, agreeing to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Aurilia has played 11 of his 14 major league seasons with San
Francisco, returning to the Giants in 2007 after brief stints with
three other clubs. The Giants' former starting shortstop played
mostly first base (49 starts) and third base (50 starts) last
season, hitting .283 with 10 homers and 52 RBIs in 140 games.
The 37-year-old Aurilia has exactly 1,200 hits with the Giants,
sixth-most in team history. He has a career .277 average with 184
homers and 740 RBIs.
The Giants expect Aurilia to be a veteran influence on their
young infield and a right-handed pinch-hitter who could fill in
anywhere on defense.