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Linden Claimed

As Maverick reported in the comments yesterday, the Marlins claimed outfielder Todd Linden off the wavier wire.

Todd Linden was considered one of the Giants' top hitting prospects for the past several years. Now, the Florida Marlins are hoping the outfielder reaches that potential in their uniform.

Linden, 26, was claimed off waivers from the Giants on Friday. Outfielder John Gall was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

The switch-hitting Linden is batting .217 with seven home runs in 186 career big-league games, including 112 strikeouts in just 373 at-bats. In 30 games this season, Linden struck out 23 times and has hit just .182 (10-for-55).

The Giants, though, have been reluctant to give up on Linden because of his minor-league numbers.

Linden, a former first-round draft pick, hit .287 in the minors with 84 homers, 296 RBI and a .488 slugging percentage in 542 games. He led all minor leaguers with a .682 slugging percentage in 2005 while at Class AAA Fresno.

He also struck out 531 times in 1,979 at-bats.

What it amounts to is that he doesn't hit for average, he strikes out a lot but does possess some power.  He should fit right in.

Defensively, Linden can play center.

Todd Linden's stats

Welcome aboard Todd!