SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants shook up their roster in a massive way Sunday morning, trading two veterans to the Texas Rangers and promoting two of their most exciting prospects.
Right-hander Cory Gearrin and outfielder Austin Jackson were shipped to Texas, along with a prospect, and the club added right-hander Ray Black and outfielder Steven Duggar to the active roster.
The trade essentially boils down to a salary dump, with a nice prospect attached to facilitate the Rangers, who helpfully took on Matt Moore's contract back in the offseason. The Giants sent right-hander Jason Bahr to Texas in exchange for accepting Gearrin and Jackson, neither of whom had a role in San Francisco anymore.
Bahr, 23, was the organization's fifth-round pick in last year's draft and had a 2.55 ERA at two levels this season. He had allowed just three runs in three starts since a promotion to San Jose, and the Giants were excited about his potential, but this is the cost of trying to get under the CBT line. The Giants attached Bahr so the Rangers would take on the remainder of the contracts. Gearrin is owed about $800,000 and Jackson is only a quarter of the way through a two-year, $6 million deal.
The trade should allow the Giants to easily stay under the CBT number, and could provide some financial wiggle room as they look to add to the roster before the July 31 deadline. In exchange, the Rangers gave up a player to be named later or cash.
The in-house additions might be more exciting than anything that comes via trade.
Duggar, 24, is the organization's best defensive outfielder and was batting .272 at Triple-A. He should see plenty of time in an outfield that has been without an everyday left fielder. The Giants could move Gorkys Hernandez over and allow Duggar to roam massive AT&T Park.
Black, 28, has a fastball that has touched 104 mph and has been dominant this season since returning from injury. He has 38 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings for Triple-A Sacramento.