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Giants lose popular catcher Tromp to Braves; Moronta off 40-man

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SAN DIEGO -- A popular member of the Giants organization is joining one that has made a habit of adding former Giants in recent years. 

Catcher Chadwick Tromp was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, the Giants announced. Tromp, who had been playing at Triple-A Sacramento, was waived over the weekend as the Giants got left-hander Alex Wood back on the 40-man roster. The Giants also announced that right-hander Reyes Moronta has been outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento's roster. 

Tromp played 33 games for the Giants the last two seasons but just nine this year. He had a .637 OPS and five homers overall, but he was popular with teammates and coaches, and particularly with the fan base. There was no room for him at the big league level, though.

The Giants brought Curt Casali in over the offseason to back up Buster Posey and still have Joey Bart waiting in the wings. While Tromp was a nice insurance option, Bart would be the pick if they need an additional catcher the rest of this year. Long term, Patrick Bailey and Ricardo Genoves are also on the way. 

In Atlanta, Tromp joins a roster that includes Will Smith, Drew Smyly, Adam Duvall, Stephen Vogt and Ehire Adrianza. The Braves also had Pablo Sandoval on their roster in the first half. 

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The second move made Tuesday might mean we've seen the last of a player who has spent more time in orange and black than Tromp. Moronta has made 136 appearances for the Giants and has a 2.65 career ERA, but he has pitched in the big leagues just four times since a major shoulder injury in 2019. 

 

Moronta's stuff hasn't been as crisp since he returned and he has been searching for his old velocity, which once made him a player who was potentially the future closer at Oracle Park. The 28-year-old has a 7.98 ERA and 2.11 WHIP in Triple-A this season and has been passed by other homegrown options like Camilo Doval and Kervin Castro. After clearing waivers, Moronta is now off the 40-man roster. 

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