The Mets, who reportedly never ruled out the possibility of Torres returning, can scratch him off the possibilities list as Torres signed with the Giants for a 1 year $2M contract. Torres, who was acquired by the Mets during the 2011 Winter meetings in a trade along with pitcher Ramon Ramirez for Mets CF Angel Pagan, was just coming off a down year where he hit .221 with 4 HR and 19 RBI and because of the Giants “lack of financial flexibility” at the time according to Giants GM Brian Sabean their options were limited and the Giants GM made the move for Pagan. Which turned out to be a great move as Pagan was a catalyst in helping the Giants win this past WS.
Torres, who was a fan favorite and winner of the 2010 ‘Willie Mac’ Award for most inspirational player and helping the Giants win a WS in 2010, thanked the fans for their support after the trade was announced saying also that he was “never going to forget San Francisco.” So you can imagine why Torres said he could not “stop laughing” from the joy saying, “It’s such a great feeling” regarding coming back to San Francisco.
At one point Torres even called upon that old Tony Bennett classic “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” saying, “My heart was there. The Giants were the team that gave me an opportunity.”