Giants sign Scott Proctor to minor-league deal

Jim McIsaac

The Giants ink the right-handed reliever to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Giants continue to add depth to their bullpen in the wake of Brian Wilson's departure; the club signed free-agent reliever Scott Proctor to a minor-league deal on Wednesday, reports Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area. Proctor, who spent the 2012 season pitching in Korea, will receive an invitation to spring training.

The 36-year-old right-hander last pitched in the majors in 2011, spltting his time between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees. Proctor was ineffective during his 40⅓ innings, particularly in terms of keeping the ball in the yard and runners off the basepaths. Hitters knocked Proctor for 2.5 homers per nine innings pitched, but that wasn't the worst of the northpaw's troubles. He gave up 11.2 H/9 and 6.9 BB/9 while whiffing just 6.5 batters per nine innings, despite the fact he brought his velocity back up to his 2008 rates.

Proctor's troubles on the mound could be attributed to the heavy usage his right arm received at the hands of Joe Torre between 2006 and 2007, when he hurled a combined 188.2 innings out of the pen in 166 games. After the 2007 season, Proctor lost his effectiveness; sustained multiple elbow injuries, one requiring Tommy John surgery; and battled alcoholism before making a six-game comeback in 2010 with Atlanta.

The Giants also added right-hander Ryan Sadowski, 30, on a minor-league deal, according to Baggarly.

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