June 13, 2024

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The Three Outright Giants – MLB Trade Rumors

The Three Outright Giants – MLB Trade Rumors

The Giants made some moves ahead of tonight’s series opener against the Yankees. San Francisco drafted a rookie Marco Luciano He is on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 30, with a right hamstring strain. Casey Schmidt He was called up to replace him on the active roster.

The team also informed journalists (including Andrew Baggarley of The Athletic) that player Ryan McKennaCatcher Jackson Ritz And the left reliever Drew Pomeranz Each was granted waivers after being named for assignment in recent days. Pomeranz has already elected free agency; McKenna and Ritz also have that right, though it’s not clear if they will.

Luciano came to the MLB roster two weeks ago. with Nick Ahmed After being held out by a sprained wrist, Luciano got a chance as a starting shortstop. He hit well, receiving nine hits (including two doubles and a triple) in 24 at-bats. But the 22-year-old struggled defensively. He committed five errors in 60 innings, most notably a strikeout against the Pirates on May 21 that should have been a game-ending double play. In the end, Pittsburgh tied the game and prevailed in extra innings.

Brett wisely He starts at shortstop against Marcus Stroman Tonight. Wisely he’s not a natural shortstop, but he probably offers a higher offensive ceiling than Schmidt does. The 25-year-old has wisely hit .311/.403/.487 in Triple-A this season. He has 10 hits in 25 major league at-bats in 2024. He has been a second baseman for most of his career. Bob Melvin has given him 48 1/3 innings at shortstop this year.

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Outside of the change in the outfield, the Giants received DFA decisions on Reetz, McKenna and Pomeranz. All three players had short stints on an MLB roster. Reitz, 28, has appeared in five games with three starts behind the plate. The Giants then welcomed Patrick Bailey Return from concussion list and sign it Curt Casale. Reetz ranks fourth on the catching depth chart behind that duo and Blake SabolNot to mention the wounded Tom Murphy.

That forced him off the 40-man roster one week earlier — ironically to make room for Pomeranz. The Giants signed the former All-Star to a $1 million contract after he opted out of a minor league deal with the Dodgers. Pomeranz did not play for four days and was DFA on Tuesday. While San Francisco would presumably be interested in bringing him back on a non-roster deal, he will head to the open market for now.

McKenna was also DFA as part of Tuesday’s roster shuffle. The 27-year-old played in four games after the Giants acquired him from the Orioles two weeks ago. A career .221/.298/.328 hitter, McKenna is a glove-first outfielder. He has a .261/.359/.556 batting line over 274 plate appearances at the Triple-A level.

The Giants also signed an outfielder Alan Cerda to a minor league deal earlier this week (h/t to Matt Eddy of Baseball America). They assigned the 24-year-old to Double-A Richmond. Cerda was once a prospect who commanded some respect in Cincinnati’s farm system. The Reds carried him to their 40-man roster for the 2022 season, but his bat stalled at the Double-A level. He has a .188/.336/.370 line in 541 Double-A plate appearances. Cerda hopes to achieve a breakthrough with the second organization in his career.

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