The San Francisco Giants are reportedly bringing back an integral part of their World Series winning club in shortstop Brandon Crawford, as the two sides have agreed on a one-year deal which avoids arbitration, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.
Crawford, 28, had a breakout year last season in San Francisco as he, and the recently departed Pablo Sandoval, held down the left side of the infield. While Crawford boasted his worst fielding percentage of his career last season with a modest .967 fielding percentage, he made up for it at the plate; more importantly in the post season.
Crawford may be best known for the grand slam he hit in last season’s Wild Card game that sealed the victory for the Giants, and after that, they never looked back, as they went on to win the World Series for the third time in five years. Crawford had a total of 15 hits in last years postseason, with seven of those hits coming in the World Series. He also notched nine RBI.
The regular season was more of the same for Crawford, as he hit .246/.324/.389 with career highs in home runs and RBI’s with 10 and 69 respectfully.
Crawford was drafted by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2008 draft, and made his debut with the club in 2011.