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.
Welcome aboard Todd!