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Giants sign former Cardinals SS Ryan Theriot

The Giants have signed former Cardinals infielder Ryan Theriot to a one-year contract with a sizable pay cut.

The deal will pay Theriot, who started the season for the Redbirds at shortstop before being moved to a utility role with the trade for Rafael Furcal, $1.25 million in guaranteed money. He could earn another $750,000 in incentives. Last season he made $3.3 million with St. Louis.

Theriot could use a change of scenery. It's hard to think of an area of his game that wasn't a disappointment. His defense was terrible. He was hot and cold as a leadoff man and he failed to provide any of the stolen base speed that he displayed earlier in his career. He was supposed to be a good influence in the locker room. But then he made a public pout when the Cardinals slipped out of first place in the NL Central, saying that the team was in first when HE was the shortstop.

After Furcal's arrival Theriot played a decent second base and did a pretty good job as a pinch hitter. But the Cardinals apparently weren't interested in bringing him back to compete with Tyler Greene and Daniel Descalso for playing time at second.

Hope the Theriot signing works out for the Giants better than the last time the picked up a Cardinals utility player off the free agent market -- Mark DeRosa.