The San Francisco Giants made a series of moves on Thursday before their series finale against the San Diego Padres. Some of the moves were expected, and others not so much.
The team added first baseman Brandon Belt and third baseman Evan Longoria, who came off the Injured List. They also recalled outfielder Steven Duggar.
To make room they reassigned outfielders Jaylin Davis and Joe McCarthy, while designating Dany Jimenez for assignment.
ROSTER MOVES:— SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 30, 2020
• OF Jaylin Davis & OF Joe McCarthy have been optioned to the Alternate Training Site.
• RHP Dany Jimenez has been designated for assignment.
• IF Brandon Belt & IF Evan Longoria have both been reinstated from the 10 day IL.
• OF Steven Duggar has been recalled.
We knew that Belt and Longoria were coming, but the Duggar addition is a surprise. It doesn’t seem like the new regime is nearly as high on Duggar as the old one was, and there’s not too much of a reason to think he can be a productive hitter at the Major League level. However, he is a good defender, and the Giants could certainly use some of those.
The subtractions are where it gets a bit more surprising though. McCarthy was an obvious one, though the team remains high on him.
So, why McCarthy to start 2020 and not Duggar? What I heard: 1. #SFGiants liked McCarthy's swings better in Training 2.0. 2. McCarthy's ability to play first base gave him an edge with Belt out. Now Belt's back, so that advantage is gone. SF still think McCarthy will hit.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) July 30, 2020
Davis was definitely vulnerable, as he had gone 2-12 with 6 strikeouts and 1 home run. With Belt’s return, Darin Ruf can play in the outfield more, which makes at-bats for Davis even harder to come by. I’d still prefer him to Duggar, but that’s just me. He’ll be back before long.
Jimenez is even more surprising, since he’s a Rule 5 selection, which means the Giants now have to return him to the Toronto Blue Jays. I’m not sure what they saw that made them like him enough to select him, keep him through both camps, and add him to the roster, but not give him more than 1.1 innings of leash. It’s the same thing they did with Connor Joe, and it’s a little weird.
Either way, it opens up a spot on the 40-man roster, and you can probably guess where that spot will go.
There’s now an open 40-man roster spot with Jimenez being DFAd. I’d be really surprised if Bart wasn’t here by the end of the weekend. https://t.co/gVWr6oxJb0— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) July 30, 2020
Also of note: Outfielder Jose Siri and infielder Kean Wong cleared waivers, and have been outrighted to the alternate training site. They remain with the organization.
IF Kean Wong and OF Jose Siri have both cleared waivers and have been outrighted to AAA Sacramento.#SFGiants— SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 30, 2020
With a right-hander on the mound for the Padres tonight, all three returning Giants are in the lineup:
#SFGiants 3-3, 54 to go— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) July 30, 2020