Giants officially sign Burrell for 2011

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, Last Updated: 12:52 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have officially re-signed outfielder Pat Burrell for the 2011 season.

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed, but the San Jose Mercury News reported earlier in the week that the deal will keep Burrell with the defending World Series champions at a discounted rate.

Burrell was the Giants' starting left fielder for most of his time with the club last year, but his role for 2011 is still unclear.

The 34-year-old slugger was picked up off waivers by the Giants in May after being released by Tampa Bay. After a week in the minors, the 11-year veteran made an impact on and off the field, as he was viewed as an influential presence in the clubhouse during the Giants' surprise run to their first title since 1954.

He hit 18 home runs, drove in 51 runs and hit .266 over the final four months of the regular season. Seven of his homers either tied the game or put the Giants in front.

The Miami product hit a home run against the Braves in the Division Series but struggled mightily in the World Series, going hitless in 13 at-bats and fanning 11 times.

Burrell, the top overall pick of the 1998 draft, spent nine seasons with the Phillies -- winning the World Series in 2008 -- before signing a two-year deal with the Rays. He labored with Tampa Bay in 2009, hitting .221 with 14 homers and 64 RBI in 122 games.

In 1,548 career contests with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and San Francisco, Burrell has a .254 batting average, .362 on-base percentage, 285 home runs and 955 RBI.


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