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Todd Linden | Outfielder

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/30/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 220
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: LSU
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / SF

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Giants re-signed OF Todd Linden to a minor league contract.
Linden, 32, batted .280/.368/.449 with 11 homers and 66 RBI at Triple-A for the Giants in 2012. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2007. Fri, Jan 25, 2013 10:34:00 AM

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Todd Linden has signed with a Japanese Pacific League, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.

Linden is currently playing with the Yanks top affiliate at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. According to the report, Linden, agreed to terms with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Yankees have acquiesced and sold his rights to the Japanese team.
Fri, Jun 12, 2009 09:10:00 PM

Indians signed RHP Todd Linden to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old switch-hitter batted .333 in 78 at-bats for Oakland's Triple-A affiliate before getting released. He had seven doubles, three homers and 12 RBI in 22 games at Triple-A, but that power has never translated to the bigs. The 41st overall pick in 2001, Linden has hit .231 in 502 major league at-bats.
Tue, May 27, 2008 01:49:00 PM

The A's have reportedly told Todd Linden he's not making the club as a reserve outfielder.

The Chronicle says he's been reassigned, though the team just put out a press release that listed only Gio Gonzalez and Greg Smith as today's cuts. That may suggest a trade is coming, or maybe he'll get his release so he'll have a chance to catch on elsewhere. Linden is 14-for-24 with a 1476 OPS this spring, but the A's want a backup who can play center and that would seem to mean Ryan Sweeney will make the team.
Mon, Mar 17, 2008 03:34:00 PM

Taking out some frustration on his former team, Todd Linden went 4-for-5 with two RBI as an A's split-squad destroyed a Giants split-squad 10-2 on Saturday.

Linden is 14-for-24 with two triples, two doubles and a 5/4 K/BB ratio, giving him a 1476 OPS. The A's figure to keep either Todd Linden or Ryan Sweeney as a backup outfielder, though they wouldn't necessarily need either if they intended to use Jack Cust in left field most of the time. As well as Linden is swinging the bat, the right strategy would seem to be to keep him and let the 23-year-old Sweeney play everyday in Triple-A.
Sat, Mar 15, 2008 08:13:00 PM

Todd Linden had two hits, two RBI and two walks Saturday as an A's split-squad edged a Cubs split-squad 7-6.

Linden is 9-for-13 with four walks. It's still early March, but he has to be making a positive impression. If he keeps it up, perhaps the A's will keep him as a fourth outfielder and send the current favorite for the job, Ryan Sweeney, back to Triple-A so that he can play regularly. It may seem as though Sweeney has been around forever, but he just turned 23 last month.
Sat, Mar 8, 2008 06:52:00 PM

Marlins purchased the contract of outfielder Todd Linden from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Linden was 2-for-14 before the Marlins cut him on June 5. He'll be used primarily as a pinch-hitter, and he could head back to the minors after the break.
Wed, Jun 27, 2007 05:42:00 PM

Marlins sent outfielder Todd Linden outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Linden has to accept the assignment after going unclaimed on waivers. At least playing in Albuquerque will help him amass the kind of numbers that could earn him another shot in the second half or in 2008.
Fri, Jun 8, 2007 04:02:00 PM

Marlins designated outfielder Todd Linden for assignment.

Linden had been a non-factor with Jeremy Hermida back and Reggie Abercrombie emerging as a viable reserve. He was 2-for-14 during his 2 1/2 weeks with the Marlins.
Tue, Jun 5, 2007 07:08:00 PM

Marlins claimed outfielder Todd Linden off waivers from the Giants.

If he was going to get claimed, it makes sense that the Marlins were the ones to do it. Linden was hitting .182 in 55 at-bats for the Giants this season, and he's at .217/.288/.324 in 373 career at-bats in the majors. The 26-year-old has 25-homer power, but it's doubtful that he'll ever get on base at a decent rate. He may not last after Alejandro De Aza and Cody Ross return.
Fri, May 18, 2007 03:42:00 PM

Giants designated outfielder Todd Linden for assignment.

The Giants seemed very pleased with Linden in spring training, but he was 10-for-55 with 23 strikeouts to open the season, causing the team to give up on him. With his 25-homer power ability and solid defense in the outfielder, there's a good chance he'll be claimed off waivers. However, the strikeouts will probably always prevent him from hitting for average.
Thu, May 10, 2007 08:09:00 PM

Todd Linden went 3-for-3 with three RBI and a walk as the Giants' center fielder in Saturday's win over the Brewers.

Linden is expected to replace Steve Finley as the club's fourth outfielder, and while it seems unlikely that he'll see quite as much action as Finley did last year, 300-350 at-bats would be realistic. The start in center field is a good sign. We were assuming Randy Winn would move back to center when Dave Roberts was out of the lineup, but perhaps that won't be the case.
Sat, Mar 3, 2007 07:35:00 PM

Todd Linden is hitting .365 with four homers in 52 at-bats in the Puerto Rican League.

The Giants are getting Dave Roberts to play center, pushing Randy Winn to right, and it looks like they intend to acquire another veteran to play left, which would make Linden a fourth outfielder at best for the club. At 26, Linden is as ready as he's ever going to be for an enhanced role. Still, there is a good chance he'd fall short of being a quality regular.
Tue, Nov 28, 2006 01:42:00 PM

Todd Linden went 2-for-2 and hit his first homer of the season when he took Pirates reliever Matt Capps deep in the eighth inning on Sunday.

He also drew a walk and sacrificed to the pitcher in the game. Linden was starting with Barry Bonds out of the lineup. His only chance of regular playing time is a trade to another club or seeing Moises Alou or Bonds go on the DL.
Sun, Jul 30, 2006 07:12:00 PM

Giants recalled outfielder Todd Linden from Triple-A Fresno.

Linden, who put up some monster numbers at Fresno last season, was hitting a more pedestrian .278/.385/.449 in 187 at-bats this year. He's 26 now, so the Giants have to figure out whether he should be in their plans for 2007. He'll be used mostly as a pinch-hitter until another one of the club's outfielders lands on the DL.
Fri, Jul 14, 2006 07:00:00 PM

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