Some players frustrate their agents with wishy-washy instructions. Andres Torres made it easy: He implored his agent get him back to San Francisco. To accentuate the point, Torres phoned manager Bruce Bochy more than once, asking for a job.
"This is home for me," Torres said Tuesday after bouncing into the clubhouse, bat in hand. "I know players, sometimes they get traded and say (they) have to move on. But you have to be realistic, what you feel in your heart.
"For me, San Francisco gave me an opportunity when I was in the minors. I made the team. I won a World Series. I really appreciate those kind of things. What am I going to say, I'm going to forget that place? That's not real."
Torres called his one-year, $2 million contract "a dream come true."
The Giants traded Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Mets after the 2011 season to get Angel Pagan. Even though Torres was heartbroken, he called it a "great trade" because he knew how good Pagan was.
The Mets nontendered Torres after an injury-marred 2012 season, making him a free agent. The Dodgers came calling. So did the Mets and Reds. Torres chose to sign with the Giants even after Bochy made it clear that the switch-hitter would split time in left field with Gregor Blanco.
"I told him the situation," Bochy said. "He said that wasn't as important to him as being back in the city with the team he loved."
Blanco said he worked over the winter to overhaul his left-handed swing, which was too big, but not before he got a taste of what it was like for fans to watch Torres and his Giants teammates in 2010. Torres watched every postseason game on TV, aside from the one he attended, and rooted for the Giants.


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