There are a few things about Friday that you probably could have figured out without me telling you. You knew, for instance, that it was Friday. The day before was Thursday, so it kind of follows. You knew that there were 24 hours in the day, because that’s a thing that always happens.
And you knew that the San Francisco Giants were going to add some more pitchers, because that’s just what they do.
But this time, rather than grabbing new lottery tickets, the Giants are grabbing old ones, as they’re welcoming back two righties: Trevor Gott and Jordan Humphreys.
The #SFGiants have made the following transactions:— SFGiants (@SFGiants) February 26, 2021
RHP Jordan Humphreys was claimed off waivers from Cleveland.
RHP Tyler Beede was placed on the 60-Day injured list (recovering from Tommy John surgery). He is eligible to return on May 31.
RHP Trevor Gott cleared waivers and was outrighted to triple-A Sacramento. He will remain in camp as a non-roster invitee.— SFGiants (@SFGiants) February 26, 2021
Gott has had an up-and-down career with the Giants. They traded for him two years ago, and he had a very strong 2019 with the team. But his 2020 was a disaster, and ended with him on the Injured List. Even so, the team tendered him a contract, and avoided arbitration by settling for $700,000.
But Gott was designated for assignment last week to clear space on the 40-man roster for Aaron Sanchez. Farhan Zaidi said he hoped the reliever could clear waivers and get outrighted to AAA Sacramento, and that’s exactly what happened.
Humphreys is a less proven but very interesting case, as he’s 24 year old who has yet to debut in the Majors. The Giants traded Billy Hamilton for Humphreys during last season, but he was designated for assignment prior to the Rule 5 Draft, when the team had to clear space for three protections. With Cleveland waiving the former 18th-round pick, the Giants were ready to pounce once again.
The righty had a very strong 2017, and was rising up the Mets prospect rankings, before suffering an elbow injury. Between that injury and the coronavirus pandemic eliminating Minor League Baseball last year, Humphreys has pitched just 13.2 innings in the last three years.
But he’s an intriguing arm, and we know how the Giants feel about those.