On Thursday morning, San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told media that the team wanted to acquire a left-handed outfielder, but would prefer to do so via trade rather than free agency.
And on Thursday evening, they did exactly that, as they traded right-handed pitcher Shaun Anderson to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for LaMonte Wade Jr.
OFFICIAL: The #SFGiants have acquired OF LaMonte Wade Jr. from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for RHP Shaun Anderson. pic.twitter.com/fNMk6ub7vj— SFGiants (@SFGiants) February 5, 2021
Wade has played in each of the last two MLB seasons, and is a career .211/.336/.347 hitter in 113 plate appearances. But it is the Giants, so you can be sure that his walk to strikeout ratio is legit, and it is: Wade has walked 15 times in his career, and struck out 18 times. He was very strong at most lower levels, but struggled a little bit in AAA.
And so the Giants say goodbye to Anderson, who came over as part of the Eduardo Núñez trade. In 46 appearances with the Giants — including 16 starts — Anderson had a 5.17 ERA and a 4.90 FIP, with 88 strikeouts to 50 walks in 111.1 innings.
Best of luck in Minny to Anderson, and welcome to the Giants, Wade.