The San Francisco Giants have reportedly agreed to sign right-handed reliever Vic Black to a minor league contract, according to a report from Rich MacLeod of Baseball Prospectus. It appears that the CAA client has been working out in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The 28-year-old native from Amarillo, Texas is coming off of arthroscopic shoulder surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2016 season. Black had only pitched in the minor leagues in the New York Mets' organization during the 2015 season, electing free agency after the end of that campaign.
According to MacLeod, Black has been hitting 97 mph with his fastball in recent workouts. Also to note, the former Pittsburgh Pirates' first-round selection from back in 2009 has not thrown a pitch in the big leagues since the 2014 season, which saw him post a 2-3 record, along with a quality 2.60 ERA, in 34 and 2/3 innings across 41 appearances out of the bullpen.
The Giants currently rank 23rd out of 30 major-league teams in bullpen ERA with a 4.89 ERA, as MacLeod notes. If Black can get back to his old form, which saw him post a 2.96 ERA in 59 career big league relief appearances, he has a shot at being a piece to their major-league bullpen.