Don't write off Pat Burrell just yet

Updated: June 4, 2010, 3:23 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
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.