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Giants sign 1B John Nogowski to Minor League deal

Nogowski has signed a two-year deal.

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The San Francisco Giants have been known for making moves ever since Farhan Zaidi took over as President of Baseball Operations. So why shouldn’t some of those moves occur in late September?

According to a report from Jessica Kleinschmidt of NBC Sports Bay Area, the Giants have signed first baseman John Nogowski to a two-year, Minor League deal. It’s not when you expect these deals to take place, but why not?

Nogowski, who is 28, made his MLB debut in 2020 for the St. Louis Cardinals, when he appeared in one game. He’s appeared in 52 games this year for the Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, before being released. In 149 career plate appearances, the left-handed hitter (who has also appeared in right field) is slashing just .233/.299/.308. He also struggled in AAA this year, with just a 66 wRC+; but he’s been a strong Minor League player in prior seasons, posting a 122 wRC+ in AAA in 2019.

Zaidi is also mildly familiar with Nogowski, having drafted him in the 34th round in 2014, Zaidi’s last season with the Oakland A’s.

Now we wait for the Giants to work their magic.