Outfielder Fred Lewis, coming off the DL, out of options, and subject to a roster crunch in San Francisco, has been sent to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Lewis, 29, has a solid offensive track record, hitting .277/.355/.420 in his career.
The lefty swinger batted .258/.348/.390 last season, and stole 8 bases after stealing 21 in 2008.
Lewis fits best in left field defensively, and is a plus defender there with great range, although his arm and hands are below average.
Given that he’s solid offensively and defensively, Lewis is a solid pickup for next-to-nothing.
Jays Journal lead and Call to the Pen contributor Mat Germain had this to say about Lewis’ acquisition:
“Fred Lewis joins Merkin Valdez as ex-Giants on the Jays roster and should so well in Toronto in my opinion. When we take into account the fact that he played on some horribly offensively challenged SF teams when he was brought up, and the fact that he got minimal playing time, it bodes well for his “primed for a breakout candidate” status. I’m not going to make any silly predictions, but Lewis should excel in what it a much better offensive lineup in Toronto. When Aaron Hill, Adam Lind, and Vernon Wells usually hit behind you, you know that you should get a few pitches to hit. He surely didn’t have that much talent behind him in SF.”