They said it couldn’t be done. They were wrong.
The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics have officially made a trade together, for the first time in more than 29 years. Let the ice finally thaw on the rivalry that never was.
It’s about the mildest way possible to end a trade drought: San Francisco sent reliever Burch Smith, who had already been designated for assignment, to the A’s in exchange for cash considerations. It’s hard to beat a back-of-the-bullpen arm for petty cash in the trade insignificance department.
But it’s a trade nonetheless, between teams who went nearly three decades without swapping assets.
The Athletics have acquired RHP Burch Smith from the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations. This is the first trade between the A's and Giants since Dec. 4, 1990.— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) February 15, 2020
The Giants added Smith - who was eight months old when the teams last made a trade together - off of waivers in August. In 8.2 innings with the Giants, Smith allowed 10 hits, 4 walks, and 2 earned runs, while striking out 6.
He was designated for assignment last week to make room for reliever Jarlin Garcia, who was claimed off of waivers from the Miami Marlins.
Now, prepare for some bigger Giants-A’s trades. Or not.