Giants sign INF-OF Klesko to one-year contract

Updated: December 19, 2006, 5:36 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO - Ryan Klesko has followed his longtime manager up the California coast.

Klesko signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, rejoining manager Bruce Bochy, who left the San Diego Padres in October for the Giants.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Klesko made $9 million in his seventh season with the Padres last season.

Klesko is the second free agent from San Diego to join Bochy and San Francisco. Dave Roberts signed a three-year deal earlier in the month.

Limited to just six games last season due to a strained left shoulder, the 35-year-old Klesko could provide a solid lefthanded bat and some defensive versatility if he can stay healthy. He could split time at both first base and right field.

"Bringing Ryan on-board adds an element of versatility to our ballclub," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. "We have added an offensive threat that can play a couple of positions."

An All-Star in 2001, Klesko is a .280 career hitter with 272 homers and 943 RBIs in 15 major league seasons with the Atlanta Braves and the Padres.

Klesko has reached the 20-homer plateau eight times and twice has smashed 30 home runs in a season. He recorded his best season in 2001, when he hit .286 with 30 homers and a career-high 112 RBIs.

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