Giants make July splash, trade two major leaguers and promote two prospects

SAN FRANCISCO–The trade deadline is more than three weeks away, but the Giants front office knows time is precious.

Though the trade market is still heating up, the Giants jumped right in Sunday by shipping reliever Cory Gearrin, outfielder Austin Jackson and pitching prospect Jason Bahr to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The move cleared the way for San Francisco to promote center field prospect Steven Duggar and right-handed reliever Ray Black, who arrived at AT&T Park Sunday. Duggar will bat first and start in center field for the Giants’ series-finale against the Cardinals.

General manager Bobby Evans has long insisted the club is under the $197 million luxury tax threshold with its salary obligations, so the move to dump the salaries of Gearrin and Jackson should afford the Giants the chance to add a small amount of salary if they choose to do so before the trade deadline.

The Giants considered adding Duggar to the opening day roster after an impressive spring training, but instead opted to send him to Triple-A Sacramento for additional seasoning. In 78 games this season, Duggar hit .272 with a .354 on-base percentage and a team-high 27 doubles.

Black started the year with Double-A Richmond, but earned a promotion to Triple-A Sacramento after a dominant stretch to open the year. With a fastball that routinely clocks in at 100 miles per hour or faster, Black is the hardest-throwing pitcher in the organization.

The Giants owed Gearrin roughly $800,000 for the remainder of the year while the club was still on the hook for about $4.5 million of the two-year, $6 million contract Jackson signed prior to the 2018 season. The Rangers will now pay the remainder of Gearrin and Jackson’s salaries while the Giants will have an opportunity to evaluate Duggar and Black in a major league setting.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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