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Giants call up infield prospect Mauricio Dubon after midseason trade

Giants call up infield prospect Mauricio Dubon after midseason trade

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy gets asked about Jaylin Davis just about every day, but behind closed doors, the team has been just as excited about another young player at Triple-A. 

Mauricio Dubon made a lot of fans throughout the organization after getting traded over from the Milwaukee Brewers, and he'll now get his first crack at the big leagues. Dubon is getting called up to the big leagues, the Giants announced Tuesday afternoon. Robert Murray of The Athletic was first to report the news

By getting called up to the Giants, Dubon fulfilled a promise he made 10 years ago.

Dubon, 25, is a middle infielder the Giants picked up when they dealt Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black to the Brewers an hour before the trade deadline. He has 20 homers this season and four in 25 games for the River Cats. Dubon was hitting .323 in Sacramento with a .391 on-base percentage. 

The Giants consider Dubon an option to handle either short or second base in the future, with the latter far more likely given Joe Panik's departure. At the very least, they believe he'll be a super-utility player at the big league level, and that might be his role early on.

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With Crawford at short and Donovan Solano seeing increased time at second, the Giants released Scooter Gennett and optioned Abital Avelino to Triple-A.

MLB rumors: Didi Gregorius chose Phillies over Giants due to Joe Girardi

MLB rumors: Didi Gregorius chose Phillies over Giants due to Joe Girardi

The Giants added a veteran shortstop Tuesday when they acquired Zack Cosart and prospect Will Wilson in a trade with the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Wilson was the prize of the deal, but there remains a possibility that Cozart could play a considerable role in San Francisco's middle infield this coming season.

As it turns out, though, the Giants reportedly went after a different veteran shortstop before pursuing the trade with the Angels. Didi Gregorius signed a one-year, $14 million contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, and according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, Gregorius reportedly chose them over the Giants in part due to the presence of Phillies manager Joe Girardi.

Gregorius previously played under Girardi with the Yankees, and it would appear they enjoyed their time together. While his offensive numbers might have been inflated somewhat by Yankee Stadium, Gregorius remains a standout defender and he was worth at least four WAR in both 2017 and 2018.

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The Giants absorbed the entirety of the $12.67 remaining on Cozart's contract, so there isn't much of a price difference between he and Gregorius. That said, the fact that San Francisco was able to acquire the Angels' No. 4 ranked prospect along with Cozart likely made that the more prudent acquisition.

MLB rumors: Dodgers shifting focus to Madison Bumgarner in free agency

MLB rumors: Dodgers shifting focus to Madison Bumgarner in free agency

Heading into free agency, the Giants made it clear that Madison Bumgarner had earned the right to go anywhere he wanted. A couple days into the Winter Meetings, that sentiment likely remains the same, but they'd be lying if they said they didn't have a preference where he ended up.

Now that Gerrit Cole reportedly has agreed to a record-breaking nine-year contract with the New York Yankees, San Francisco apparently inched closer to its greatest nightmare.

The rival Dodgers were considered to be a finalist for Cole, and apparently they didn't waste any time pivoting once the news broke. Giants fans really, really, really won't want to hear the direction in which Los Angeles reportedly is pivoting, though, according to MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal.

If you need to go rinse the vomit taste out of your mouth, go for it. You're certainly not the only Giants fan doing so.

After everything Bumgarner achieved in San Francisco, it's unbearable to think of him exchanging his orange and black for Dodger blue. I mean, think of all the run-ins Bumgarner has had with LA over the years. Yaisel Puig. Max Muncy. Go get it out of the ocean? How about we just get this rumor out of here.

Yuck.

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Bumgarner is expected to receive a contract in excess of $100 million, and the Dodgers certainly have the ability to afford him. So do the Giants, though, and as NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic notes, they might be forced to revisit the situation due to their rival's reported interest.

And guess which two teams face each other on Opening Day?

The Giants are used to seeing MadBum take the mound on the first day of the season. For the sake of all that is good and holy, let's hope they don't have to learn what it's like to go against him in that situation.