Giants outfielder Justin Christian designated for assignment, just days after appearing at FanFest
“Sister Christian oh the time has come…” — Night Ranger.
Just five days after professing his love for the organization, Giants outfielder Justin Christian has been designated for assignment by the club, according to a tweet from San Jose Mercury reporter Andrew Baggarly.
On Media Day last Friday, Christian appeared on a live San Francisco Giants webcast and talked a lot about how much he loved playing for the team he grew up rooting for as a kid. He said his 2012 goal was to “just go out there and play the best I can and help this team win. I want to be a table-setter and make the other guys look good.”
He was one of the many Giants players and coaches who appeared at FanFest on Saturday.
The 31-year-old Bay Area native batted .255/.286/.362 (0.647 OPS) with 5 doubles, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 6 runs scored, and 3 stolen bases in 51 plate appearances (18 games) with the Giants last year.
To be honest, this move doesn’t necessarily signal the end of Christian’s days as a Giant. Yes, the club has ten days to trade him or give him his outright release, but it’s also likely they will assign him to the minor leagues (if he isn’t snagged by another team).