The Giants and right-hander Jean Machi have agreed to a minor league contract, as Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News tweeted earlier that the two sides were close to finalizing a deal.
Machi, 34, is a familiar face for Giants fans, having spent pasts of the 2012-15 seasons with San Francisco. Machi was particularly effective from 2013-14, logging a combined 2.49 ERA with 7.7 K/9 against 2.3 BB/9 in 119 2/3 innings for the Giants in that span. He struggled through 35 innings with the Giants in 2015, though, and ultimately wound up being claimed off waivers by the Red Sox. His results in Boston — a 5.09 ERA in 23 innings — weren’t any better.
Machi signed a minor league pact with the Cubs this offseason and had been pitching reasonably well with Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate, but he was released last week and then encountered some legal trouble. As the Des Moines Register’s Tommy Birch reported, Machi was arrested for public intoxication and public urination at roughly 2:00am last Thursday morning.