MLB trade deadline: Giants acquire Scooter Gennett in trade with Reds


MLB trade deadline: Giants acquire Scooter Gennett in trade with Reds

The Giants continued to upgrade their infield Wednesday.

Just after the MLB trade deadline passed,'s Mark Sheldon reported that the Reds had dealt infielder Scooter Gennett to the Giants.

The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reported moments later that the Giants will send a player to be named later back to the Reds for Gennett.

The Giants confirmed the trade later Wednesday afternoon.

Gennett hit .212/232/.258 with three doubles and five RBI in 20 games with the Reds, as his season was limited by a groin injury. The 29-year-old was named to his only All-Star team last season, when he hit .310 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI.

The Gennett acquisition completes a busy day for Farhan Zaidi and the Giants. Relievers Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black were traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for top prospect Mauricio Dubon, while Mark Melancon was dealt to the Atlanta Braves and Sam Dyson was traded to the Minnesota Twins.

The Giants didn't trade the chips everyone believed they would move, as ace Madison Bumgarner and relievers Will Smith and Tony Watson stayed in San Francisco. But if Gennett can return to his All-Star form, he could provide an upgrade at second base over Joe Panik and platoon with Donovan Solano.

Giants' Sam Selman details how tryout landed him in San Francisco


Giants' Sam Selman details how tryout landed him in San Francisco

Sam Selman made an appearance out of the Giants' bullpen at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, and over the past couple of months, he also has pitched at Oracle Park and Dodger Stadium, along with getting his MLB debut out of the way.

But Selman's most pressure-packed moment this year might have come in a cramped batting cage a few miles from Seattle. Selman took part in a pro day at the Driveline Baseball facility and signed with the Giants a couple of days later.

On this week's Giants Insider Podcast, he explained the unique setup.

"They're expanding and they're moving to a huge brand new facility, but the one they have now is a batting cage tunnel and then they had 40 or 50 scouts surrounding it," Selman said. "Imagine if you're just pitching in a batting cage tunnel and you have 40 pitches to throw and there's 40 people behind you. And you kind of recognize some of the scouts because you've been in Triple-A and Double-A for forever, and they're all standing behind you. You're just out there like, 'Alright, here we go.' That was kind of what it was.

"I kind of just tried to let it rip and trust my stuff and what I worked on the whole offseason to get ready for that moment and it worked out well."

The Giants had a leg up on scouting the lefty before the workout. Selman had worked with Matt Daniels while spending a week learning at Driveline, and the Giants went on to hire Daniels as their coordinator of pitching analysis.

It worked out for both sides. Selman had a 1.80 ERA across two levels in the minors this season, striking out 94 batters in 55 innings. He made his debut seven years after he was drafted by the Royals, and the Giants are taking a look at him this month to see if he can be part of next year's big league bullpen mix.

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On this week's podcast, Selman detailed that long journey through the minors, why he didn't retire like some of his friends, his time at Driveline and his first experience in the big leagues.

You can stream it here or download it on iTunes here.

Giants vs. Red Sox lineups: Buster Posey back catching, batting fifth


Giants vs. Red Sox lineups: Buster Posey back catching, batting fifth

With Bruce Bochy's 2,000th career win in the books, the Giants manager is going with a much different lineup Thursday at Fenway Park. 

Multiple players are getting the day off in the Giants' series finale with the Red Sox, but there's a notable return. Buster Posey is back in the lineup to catch Madison Bumgarner. 

Posey has been dealing with a back issue and hasn't played since Sept. 14. He'll bat fifth, somewhere he's been placed just five times this season. 

The veteran catcher has played just nine games this month, but is batting .281. 

Here are how the lineups look to shape up as the Red Sox play host to the Giants. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app.

San Francisco Giants (74-78)
2B Mauricio Dubon
RF Austin Slater
CF Kevin Pillar
3B Evan Longoria
C Buster Posey
LF Joey Rickard
DH Jaylin Davis
2B Christian Adames
1B Aramis Garcia
LHP Madison Bumgarner (9-8, 3.73 ERA)

Boston Red Sox (79-72)
LF Andrew Benintendi
C Christian Vazquez
3B Rafael Devers
DH Xander Bogaerts
1B Brock Holt
RF Gorkys Hernandez
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
SS Chris Owings
2B Marco Hernandez
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (17-6, 3.64 ERA)