Originally written on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 10/30/14

On a day when they signed a Burriss, the San Francisco Giants have also apparently signed a Burres.

Confused? Me too.

So, I went to the supposed source, Kristy Robinson, a Pittsburgh Pirates beat reporter for Ohio Valley Athletics. She’s a self-proclaimed “rookie” in the business, and I wanted to make sure she didn’t confuse Emmanuel Burriss (the Giants infielder who did in fact re-sign with the G-men today) with Brian Burress, the left-handed pitcher who has spent several seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system.

Robinson sent out this tweet earlier this afternoon:

The Giants signed LHP Brian Burres to a Minor League deal. Burres posted a 3.86 ERA over 14IP with #pirates; 4.66 ERA in AAA Indy

Robinson said she got her information from MLB Trade Rumor’s Ben Nicholson-Smith, who about 30 minutes earlier reported that the Giants had signed the pitcher Burres as well:

The Giants signed left-hander Brian Burres to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, MLBTR has learned. San Francisco drafted Burres in the 31st round of the 2000 draft, but the 30-year-old has never played for the Giants at the MLB level. In six seasons with the Orioles, Pirates and Blue Jays, Burres has a 5.75 ERA with 6.4 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and a 38.3% ground ball rate. He posted a 3.86 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 14 innings with the Pirates this past season and spent most of the year as a starter at Triple-A, where he posted a 4.66 ERA with 6.6 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 129 1/3 innings.

So far, none of the Giants beat writers have confirmed or denied the Burres signing (although Wikipedia has already updated its page on Burres), so I’m still skeptical until I hear otherwise.

I’m still waiting to hear back from Ben and I’ll update this post as soon as we have a solid confirmation on whether both Burriss and Burres signed with the Giants today.

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