The #SFGiants traded Rob Brantly to the New York Yankees for cash considerations.— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) August 26, 2020
And thus ends Brantly’s Giants tenure. Hope you all have a good day.
Oh, sorry, were you expecting me to have more to say on the matter? OK. Fine.
The Giants signed Brantly to a Minor League deal in the offseason, and it seemed like he would fight Tyler Heineman for the right to backup Buster Posey, unless the Giants started the year with Joey Bart on the active roster.
Then all of the 2020 madness happened, the season was postponed, Posey opted out of the restart, and Brantly found himself on the Opening Day roster, planning to split duties with Heineman.
He only got into one game, and went 0-3. As soon as Chadwick Tromp was healthy, Brantly was designated for assignment. After clearing waivers, he was reassigned to the Alternate Training Site in Sacramento, but his path back to the Majors was nearly nonexistent. The Giants clearly preferred Heineman to Brantly, and when Bart was promoted Heineman was optioned, and thus became the first catcher in line should Bart or Tromp suffer an injury.
Brantly was the team’s fourth catcher (at best), and that just doesn’t have much value, especially with Aramis Garcia nearing a return from injury.
The Giants also have veteran Chris Herrmann and rookie Patrick Bailey at the Alternate Training Site, so they have plenty of catchers to work with the pitchers in the player pool.