Update on Giants players who were DFA'd earlier in 2019 season
Michael Reed and Connor Joe
Early on, they were the unfortunate faces of the Farhan Zaidi Era. The new boss weathered that storm and handled it well, and over time Reed and Joe have turned into Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski.
But the churn started here, with the two combining to go 1-for-23. Reed has been on Triple-A Sacramento's Injured List since April.
Joe was returned to the Dodgers and is having a nice year in Triple-A, with a .300/.436/.524 slash line and 11 homers.
A nice bench piece last year, he lost an Opening Day roster spot to Pablo Sandoval, was DFA'd, and then traded to the Blue Jays for Kevin Pillar. This one has worked out brilliantly for the Giants, with Pillar and Sandoval being fixtures in the big league lineup.
Hanson hit .163 in 18 games for the Blue Jays and has spent most of his season in Triple-A, where he has a .514 OPS.
This one doesn't sting all that much because Stephen Vogt has been all you can ask for in a backup, but still, the Giants hoped to add Murphy as organizational depth in Triple-A and they were right about his talent.
They used their waiver priority to get him from the Rockies but then dealt him to Seattle for a pitching prospect. Murphy has a .823 OPS and nine homers for the Mariners.
The Giants hoped the veteran could help keep the team competitive while more long-term solutions were found in the outfield, but he was designated for assignment on May 3 after hitting just .198 in 86 at-bats.
Parra has been better with the Nationals, batting .250 with four homers. But the .745 OPS is nearly 50 points short of what Yastrzemski -- a younger player with minor league options -- has provided.
Williamson has actually been DFA'd three times this season, twice by the Giants. They cut him at the end of the spring but gave him a look after Williamson tore up the Pacific Coast League.
He hit .118 with one homer and was let go a second time on May 25, catching on with the Mariners.
Williamson was better in Seattle -- hitting three homers -- and had a hot streak going at one point, but he was DFA'd and outrighted to Triple-A recently after his average dropped to .182.
Donovan Solano is giving the Giants a jolt as a backup middle infielder, but they originally hoped this would be Solarte's role. The veteran hit just .205 with one homer in 28 games and was let go May 7.
After some time at home, Solarte played 15 minor league games with the Marlins and then opted to sign a deal with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan -- although according to his Instagram he's not in Japan yet.
Acquired in the days before the season opener, Kratz backed up Buster Posey until Stephen Vogt's shoulder got fully healthy. He hit .125 before getting DFA'd May 13 and then went 1-for-17 for the Rays before being let loose there, too.
Kratz signed a minor league deal with the Yankees on June 8 and has hit .339 in 19 Triple-A games.
Altherr might be the poster boy for the 2019 Giants roster churn. When the Phillies let him go, the Giants scooped him up with the hope of sending him to Triple-A and working with him there (Alex Dickerson would later take that path).
But the Mets claimed Altherr when the Giants DFA'd him after one at-bat, and he was soon let go by them after 10 at-bats. Altherr is now with the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, where he starts in the same outfield as Gregor Blanco.