Hello and happy Monday.
The San Francisco Giants roster crunch continued on Sunday, when the team designated for assignment one of the players they signed in the offseason to be a part of the rotation: right-handed pitcher Aaron Sanchez.
The Giants also optioned infielder Thairo Estrada, while recalling right-handed pitcher John Brebbia from AAA Sacramento, and activating right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman off of the Paternity List.
ROSTER MOVES: RHP Kevin Gausman reinstated from the Paternity List.— SFGiants (@SFGiants) August 8, 2021
RHP John Brebbia (#59) recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.
IF/OF Thairo Estrada optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.
RHP Aaron Sanchez designated for assignment.
The move comes a day after the Giants optioned outfielder Steven Duggar due to a roster crunch, making it three quality players who have been kicked off the roster over the weekend. And that’s the cost of having a good team.
While the Giants will be crossing their fingers and hoping Sanchez clears waivers so he can be reassigned to AAA, it seems pretty unlikely. The veteran has a 3.06 ERA and 4.04 FIP on the season, and it seems likely that some team will grab him for their rotation or perhaps their bullpen.
Sanchez has been solid in his first year with the Giants, but injuries have kept him to just 35.1 innings on the season.
To put into perspective how far the Giants have come, in 2019 the team used 12 different starting pitchers. None of them had a lower ERA than Sanchez, and Madison Bumgarner was the only one with a lower FIP. Yet here Sanchez is getting DFA’d.
So it goes when you have the best record in baseball.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Examining J.T. Snow’s Defense (April 16, 2011 — JT Jordan)
- Jessica Kleinschmidt on Evan Longoria crediting the Giants front office for the team’s success this year (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Kiley McDaniel’s midseason top 50 prospects features Marco Luciano and Luis Matos (ESPN+, subscription required)
- Nick San Miguel on if the rotation is strong enough for the postseason (Around the Foghorn)
- Josh Schrock on why Kris Bryant teared up when he found out he’d been traded to the Giants (NBC Sports Bay Area)
What time do the Giants play today?
The Giants have an off day as they return home. They start a nine-game home stand on Tuesday when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Have a lovely Monday, folks.