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MLB trade deadline: Giants trade Mark Melancon to Braves for two pitchers

MLB trade deadline: Giants trade Mark Melancon to Braves for two pitchers

PHILADELPHIA -- For months, it has been clear that Farhan Zaidi would deal relievers. But this is not what was expected. 

The Giants have agreed to trade right-hander Mark Melancon to the Atlanta Braves, ESPN's Jeff Passan and Buster Olney first reported Wednesday. The Athletic's Robert Murray reported that the Giants will receive pitching prospect Tristan Beck and major-league reliever Dan Winkler from Atlanta.

The Giants later confirmed the transaction

Melancon has a full no-trade clause and is still owed nearly $20 million, but Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told reporters that the Braves are picking up all of Melancon's contract.

Melancon signed a four-year, $62 million contract after the 2016 season that was at the time the largest ever given to a relief pitcher. It didn't work out from the start, as a pronator injury limited Melancon in his first two seasons and he fell short of previous numbers. 

Melancon has recovered this season to give the Giants some value while primarily pitching as one of the first right-handers out of the bullpen. He entered deadline day with a 3.50 ERA in 43 appearances.

Watch Giants prospect Jacob Heyward get ejected on call by robot umpire

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Watch Giants prospect Jacob Heyward get ejected on call by robot umpire

Players getting angry towards an umpire is synonymous with baseball. And during the Arizona Fall League, it's no different ... even if you're arguing with technology.

During a Tuesday fall league game, Giants outfield prospect Jacob Heyward, the younger brother of Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, was ejected after striking out on a call made by a robot umpire:

Looks low and inside, right?

But if you scroll to the next photo of the Instagram post, the pitch tracker shows it was, indeed, a strike. 

So who (or what) was Heyward yelling at if he was unsatisfied with the call? Heyward appears to claim his displeasure wasn't with the home plate umpire -- who simply was relaying the call from a computer system -- but he was ejected nevertheless.

This year, the automated ball-strike system (ABS) has been implemented to use at all games being played at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The independent Atlantic League first tested the technology, which includes a real-life umpire still manning duties behind the plate. The ump receives communications via an earpiece that's connected to an iPhone, and then relays the call from the TrackMan computer system.

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Yes, it's complicated.

Despite Heyward's reaction, the data shows the pitch was a strike. And even if this is the case from now on (MLB will sometimes adopt these "experiments" down the line) the human element of emotions still will always come into play. 

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Royals' Mike Matheny for manager job

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Royals' Mike Matheny for manager job

The carousel continues to turn for the Giants manager job.

Former Giants catcher Mike Matheny has drawn interest from San Francisco for its managerial position, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

Matheny played his final two MLB seasons with the Giants and retired from baseball in 2007. The four-time Gold Glove winner managed the Cardinals from 2012-18, finishing with 591 wins and 474 losses, good for a .555 winning percentage. 

He has spent the past two seasons with the Kansas City Royals as a special advisor for player development. 

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It is important to note the Giants have not been reported to have reached out to Matheny or brought him in for an interview.

As the process continues, Matheny is not likely to be the last name we hear associated with interviewing to take over for Bruce Bochy in San Francisco.