Giants Get Michael Tucker and Re-sign J.T. Snow

The Giants strengthened their lefty power by re-signing J.T Snow and by getting a hold of outfieder, Michael Tucker, from the free agent market.

The Giants re-signed veteran first baseman, J.T. Snow, on Sunday, the day of the deadline for teams to offer arbitration. In addition to Snow, the Giants also signed Michael Tucker, a free agent who played for the Kansas City Royals last season.

Snow is signed to a one-year contract with a team option for $2 million in 2005, or a $250,000 buyout. He will make $1.5 million in 2004. Snow has been one of the most effective batters with runners in scoring position, and has always helped the Giants out with spectacular defense, collecting six Gold Gloves in his career.

Snow will mostlikely be an everyday starter, sharing his role with Pedro Feliz.

Tucker is inked for $3.5 million in a two-year contract. The twenty- eight year old outfielder will be considered for the right field starting job in place of Jose Cruz, Jr., but will mostlikely share that role with veteran, Jeffrey Hammonds. Tucker hit .262 over 104 games with 13 homeruns and 55 RBIs last season for Kansas City.

Tucker is a versatile outfielder who will be able to play all three outfield positions, which will be useful in addition to playing the vacant right field hole, because of the aging Barry Bonds and Marquis Grissom.

Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is the Giant Prophet for Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at

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