The San Francisco Giants roster dance is continuing. After designating Jake Jewell and Trevor Oaks for assignment, the Giants outrighted both players to the minor leagues after they cleared waivers.
Right-handers Trevor Oaks and Jake Jewell cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A. People often ask why Giants make so many waiver claims/DFA so many guys. This is why. Easy way to get depth into organization.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) January 24, 2020
As Alex Pavlovic notes in the tweet above, this is why the Giants make so many minor moves that often seem pointless.
The Giants claimed Oaks, a 26-year old right-handed pitcher, off waivers from the Kansas City Royals back in early November. President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi is familiar with Oaks, as the prospect had just been drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers when Zaidi joined that organization in 2014.
Two months after Oaks and Zaidi reunited, on January 13, the Giants claimed Jewell - also a 26-year old right-handed pitcher - off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. Three days later, they designated Oaks for assignment, to clear up space to sign Drew Smyly. On Monday, they did the same with Jewell, to open up a spot for Luis Madero.
And now, with waivers cleared, both players have been outrighted to AAA Sacramento.
This is kind of fun.