Teams are still allowed to make Minor League transactions, and the Giants made such a deal on Thursday, sending cash considerations to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tanner Andrews.
From the #SFGiants: The Giants and Braves made a minor league trade with RHP Tanner Andrews joining the Giants’ organization in exchange for cash considerations.— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) December 9, 2021
Andrews is a 6’3” 26 year old who was originally drafted in the 10th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins. He had spent his entire career with the Marlins before a brief flurry of moves — on Wednesday, the Braves selected him in the Minor League Rule 5 Draft, and on Thursday they sent him to the Giants.
He’s a little bit of an unknown quantity, as injuries resulted in just 5.2 innings pitched this year (all in AA), and the pandemic kept him from having a season in 2020. His last full season came in 2019, when he had a 3.52 ERA and 3.42 FIP for the Marlins’ A-Ball team, with 110 strikeouts to 38 walks in 128 innings.
Andrews was selected in the fourth round of the Rule 5 Draft, and the Giants only used their first-round pick. That suggests that their AAA roster was full (you can only select a player in the Minor League portion of the Rule 5 Draft if you have an open spot on the 38-player AAA roster), and perhaps that they already had a deal set up with the Braves to select Andrews for them.