SAN FRANCISCO The Giants are getting the band back together, and that tactic isn't limited to those who marched in the 2012 championship parade.
Andres Torres, a key contributor for the 2010 championship club, signed a one-year, $2 million contract Thursday after passing a physical, the Giants said.
The popular outfielder likely will split time with Gregor Blanco in left field and also can back up Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence, who are locked into the other two outfield spots.
"Great to have him back!" manager Bruce Bochy wrote in a text message. "He gives us that much more versatility and character in the clubhouse. Everybody loves Andres as a teammate."
A longtime journeyman, Torres, 34, broke through in 2010, hitting 16 homers, stealing 26 bases and posting an on-base plus slugging stat of .823. After a down year in 2011, Torres was traded to the New York Mets last offseason along with Ramon Ramirez in a deal that brought Pagan to San Francisco.
The Giants brought Pagan back into the fold with a four-year, $40 million contract and also re-signed second baseman Marco Scutaro and left-hander Jeremy Affeldt.
Torres likely will be in the lineup against left-handers. The Giants had been looking for a right-handed-hitting platoon partner for Blanco, and Torres, a switch-hitter, had a .286 average against left-handers with a .382 on-base percentage last season with the Mets.
Torres can earn an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses.
Torres attended multiple Giants postseason games in October and was a favorite with fans and teammates in his first go-round with San Francisco.
"Extremely happy to hear my boy Andres Torres is going to be back with us," Pablo Sandoval tweeted after the deal was announced. "Here we come."
The Giants reached a minor league deal with right-hander Chad Gaudin, familiar with the Bay Area after pitching for the A's from 2006 through part of the 2008 season and again for a short stint in 2010.