Austin Jackson

Rangers GM has instructed Austin Jackson not to report to team just yet


Rangers GM has instructed Austin Jackson not to report to team just yet

For the moment, Austin Jackson is a member of the Texas Rangers organization.

But that could change soon, so GM Jon Daniels has told Jackson not to join the team just yet.

Jackson was traded by the Giants along with reliever Cory Gearrin and pitching prospect Jason Bahr to the Rangers on Sunday morning for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Trading Jackson and Gearrin allowed the Giants to call up prospects Ray Black and Steven Duggar.

After signing a two-year, $6 million deal this past offseason, Jackson's time with the Giants did not go well. In 59 games, he hit .242/.309/.295 with no doubles, no home runs and 13 RBI. Jackson's playing time evaporated month by month. After starting 30 games during March, April and May, he started just six games in June and hadn't started a game in July.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Daniels said the Rangers are "evaluating our options" with Jackson and they could make another move involving him.

"We're looking at talking to other clubs about the possibility of a trade. We're not yet certain when he will report, or if there is potential for a second move," Daniels said.

So why did the Rangers make the trade if they have no desire to keep Jackson? Daniels had a simple answer to that question.

"Our primary motivation was acquiring Jason Bahr. He's a guy we look at as a little bit of an under-valued prospect. If he continues on his current trajectory, a year from now he'd be tough to acquire," Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Giants trade Jackson, Gearrin and prospect to Rangers; promote Duggar and Black

Giants trade Jackson, Gearrin and prospect to Rangers; promote Duggar and Black

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. 

Whirlwind of Giants roster moves has only just begun


Whirlwind of Giants roster moves has only just begun

SAN FRANCISCO -- There were two new players in the clubhouse on Friday, and the shuffle is only just beginning. 

Joe Panik was activated to play second base, with Kelby Tomlinson optioned back to the minors. Mark Melancon will be activated when the Giants clear a 40-man roster spot; they already cleared an active roster spot by optioning Tyler Beede back to the minors on Wednesday night. 

On Saturday, Hunter Pence will return after a lengthy stint to let his thumb heal and overhaul his swing. The Giants will have to make another move, and it's possible that they'll have to cut Gregor Blanco or place Blanco or Austin Jackson on the DL. But that's not all ... 

Madison Bumgarner was confirmed as Tuesday's starter, and both 25-man and 40-man roster moves will be needed for that one. Alen Hanson is out of options and at some point the Giants will need to clear a spot for him, too. 

It's a whirlwind, and the staff is currently trying to decide which hard decisions to make. They are also shifting roles. While Panik slid right back into the leadoff spot, manager Bruce Bochy said Pence will return as the fourth outfielder, behind Andrew McCutchen, Gorkys Hernandez and Mac Williamson, who will continue to play every day in left. 

"I'll try to get him in there as much as I can," Bochy said of Pence. "(It will be) late in games, just like you would a normal fourth outfielder."

Melancon will not return as the closer. He likely will start in a sixth/seventh inning role. 

--- Dereck Rodriguez will make his first career start on Sunday. Bochy said he showed enough in an emergency relief outing to earn that assignment. Rodriguez is doing just fine after taking a liner off his right leg. 

--- Ty Blach will shift to the bullpen to open a rotation spot and will serve as the long reliever. That's what the Giants envisioned for him at the end of the spring, but then Bumgarner got hurt and Blach ended up starting on Opening Day. 

--- Panik played behind Bumgarner in San Jose last night. His assessment: "He looked good. He looked like normal Bum. He was arguing with the ump in the first inning."