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Giants sign utility man Alen Hanson

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The San Francisco Giants have signed free-agent infielder/outfielder Alen Hanson. Official terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

This last season, he split the 2017 campaign with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago White Sox. The 25-year-old played in 37 games with the Pirates, where he had a .193 batting average with an RBI.

Alen Hanson is seen here in a 2017 photo as a member of the Chicago White Sox after celebrating a home run (Getty Images)

Alen Hanson is seen here in a 2017 photo as a member of the Chicago White Sox after celebrating a home run (Getty Images)

In 69 games with the White Sox, he had a .231 batting average with four home runs and 10 RBI’s.

Hanson is a depth move. The Giants are still looking for outfield help, as the club was previously in trade talks about Billy Hamilton with the Cincinnati Reds; however, due to their high asking price, those talks have stalled.

Hanson will be a defensive replacement for the corner outfield positions. Also, he could be a starter until the Giants are able to find a more suitable bat to replace him in the lineup.

According to Baseball Reference, Henson is projected to have a .241 batting average with eight home runs and 26 RBI’s. The eight home runs would be a career-high, as he has never had more than four home runs in a season.

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