Giants notes: Austin Slater diagnosed with mild elbow sprain

Giants notes: Austin Slater diagnosed with mild elbow sprain

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants will be relieved for many reasons after Sunday's final game. A big one: Nobody else can get hurt. 

They couldn't even escape this final series without a potentially serious injury. Austin Slater came out of Friday's game after feeling pain in his elbow while making a throw to the plate. He had an MRI on Saturday morning that revealed a mild sprain, which sounds like good news, but also will impact his offseason. Manager Bruce Bochy said Slater just needs rest for now. He was unsure about how this would sideline Slater going forward, although it sounds like he'll be ready for camp.

"I think so," Bochy said. "I haven't sat down with the doctors and Dave Groeschner yet to see how long this should be. My guess is that by spring training he should be fine, because it's a mild one."

Still, this will have some impact on what the Giants think this offseason. They need two corner outfielders, whether they bring them in or promote from within, and it's not great when one of your young players has an elbow that's been hurting for a month and led to an MRI. 

--- Tony Watson, the former Dodger, stranded runners on first and third with no outs. In eight appearances against the Dodgers this year, he hasn't allowed a run and has 10 strikeouts. 

--- The main story today is on Dereck Rodriguez. If the Giants keep Madison Bumgarner, they'll start with one of the better 1-2 punches in the National League. That's a start. 

--- At certain points today, this really was pretty close to a playoff atmosphere, and the Giants gave the Dodgers everything they could handle for seven innings. Hell, in the end, Dave Roberts called on his closer with a five-run lead just to make sure there was no final rally. (I think that was kind of silly, given what this lineup has done in September and the fact that Kenley Jansen might be needed Sunday and Monday, but to each his own.) Here are some highlights from a wild game. 

"They were determined to try to win a ballgame," Bochy said of his team. "It just got away from us late. A lot of action there on both sides. I was proud, man."

Where new Giants prospect Will Wilson ranks in team's farm system

Where new Giants prospect Will Wilson ranks in team's farm system

The Giants essentially bought veteran infielder Zack Cozart's contract from the Angels on Tuesday to add a talented young prospect.

San Francisco acquired Cozart and middle infield prospect Will Wilson from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash. The Giants are taking on all of Cozart's $12.67 million contract for the 2020 season, before he becomes a free agent in 2021. The 34-year-old, who has hit just .190 with five home runs the last two seasons, was an All-Star when healthy in 2017, but Wilson is the real prize of the deal. 

Wilson was selected No. 15 overall by the Angels in the 2019 MLB Draft. He immediately became a top-10 Giants prospect after the trade. MLB Pipeline ranks him No. 10 overall in the team's farm system, and FanGraphs has him even higher. 

The 21-year-old hit .275 with a .768 OPS and five home runs in 46 games at rookie ball in his debut season. He played 28 games at shortstop and 13 at second base. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Wilson will play both positions in the Giants' minor leagues, and the front office believes he will stick as a middle infielder. 

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Wilson was a consensus All-American as a junior at NC State, and was voted ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He hit .352 with nine homers and a 1.089 OPS in his final season for the Wolfpack. 

Prior to being traded to the Giants, Wilson was ranked as the Angels' No. 4 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He comes in lower with San Francisco, showing how much the Giants' farm system is on the rise with top prospects like Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos, Marco Luciano and more. 

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.