Well, it happened. The Giants signed an outfielder who previously played in the D.C. area.
It's not Bryce Harper.
The Giants have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran Craig Gentry according to Andersen Pickard of MLB Daily Dish:
The San Francisco #Giants have a minor league deal in place with free agent outfielder Craig Gentry, source tells me. The deal includes an invite to spring training. Gentry spent most of 2018 with the Orioles, appearing in 68 big league games and slashing .269/.321/.346.— Andersen Pickard (@andersenreports) February 15, 2019
MLB Trade Rumors later confirmed the report. The deal also includes an invite to spring training.
NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports Gentry will not be in big league camp. He will head to the minor league facility but could play in a couple of Cactus League games.
Gentry has ten Major League seasons under his belt, including the last two seasons with the Orioles. In that span, he slashed a .265/.326/.688 line before he was released in September of last year.
And an important fun nugget you need to know is the 35-year-old's nickname is "Kitten Face," compliments of Michael Gruber and his former roommate, Sean Bass.
The two were watching a Rangers game in 2011 when
Gentry Kitten Face was with Texas, and Gruber made a comment on how the well-manicured beard the outfielder was sporting reminded him of a kitten.
Boom -- a legend was born.
And if you're wondering how Gentry feels about the nickname. Well, he talked about it on the back of one of his Topps cards:
(Thank you, Gruber, for showing this to us).
It's true. If they make a shirt out of it, you have to ride that out.
And if his career with the Orioles says anything, at least we know he can pull off the orange and black colors.