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The Giants just got older as well as worse defensively this weekend, retaining nominal second baseman Ray Durham while bringing in infielder Rich Aurilia and outfielder Dave Roberts.
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The 34-year-old Roberts spent the past two seasons with Bruce Bochy in San Diego and had said he would be interested in following his manager to the Giants. San Francisco hired Bochy last month to replace Felipe Alou."The comfort level is extremely high for me, having a manager I respect and love playing for and being in the same division," Roberts said.
The 34-year-old had a career year with the Padres, hitting .293 with 146 hits, 80 runs, and a .360 on-base percentage in 129 games -- all career highs.
Roberts is fourth in the majors with 195 steals the last five seasons, and his 81.3 percent success ratio is second best among players with at least 175 stolen bases in the span."I think it puts pressure on the defense," Roberts said. "Obviously I take pride in stealing bases. I also take pride in having a high percentage of stolen bases. I don't want to run into outs."
Roberts has played for four teams -- the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and Padres -- in his eight seasons in the majors.Jerry Crasnick covers baseball for ESPN Insider. His book "License To Deal" has been published by Rodale. The Associated Press contributed to this report.