Cory Gearrin

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. 

Last season's final game helped Giants reliever reach a goal

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Last season's final game helped Giants reliever reach a goal

SCOTTSDALE — The 162nd game of the 2017 season was momentous for a number of reasons. Pablo Sandoval’s walk-off homer kept the Giants from clinching the No. 1 pick in the draft, or, if you’re glass-half-full, kept them from having sole possession of the worst record in the majors. It also all but wrapped up the Panda’s status as an important bench bat in 2018. 

But there was another box checked off that day. In the eighth inning, with the Giants and Padres tied at four, Cory Gearrin entered with one out and Jabari Blash at the plate. On Gearrin’s sixth pitch, Blash flied out to right. 

As Gearrin walked off the mound, the scoreboard behind him went into action. The first number on his ERA changed from a two to a one. That last out dropped Gearrin’s ERA to 1.99 for the season. 

“It’s only a .01 difference between 2.00 and 1.99, but that was something that I wanted to do,” Gearrin said. 

If you’re at all tempted to whine about personal stats taking precedent, understand first that Gearrin didn’t ask to chase 1.99. Gearrin and Hunter Strickland had set a sub-two ERA as a goal late in a season that went off the rails early, but it seemed unlikely as September started. Gearrin was at 2.24 after a September 6 game, but he ran off nine straight scoreless appearances to finish the month. When he struck out two on September 30, Gearrin was at 2.00 exactly. Bruce Bochy approached him after the game and said that if he wanted to take a crack at 1.99, he would use him the next day. 

“You appreciate the work these guys do for you and that (ERA under two) makes for a great year,” Bochy said. “This game is not about the numbers, I get that, but at the end of the year he can look back and he was under two and that’s just not easy to do. He’s done it now, and I wanted him to have that. I wanted him to have that opportunity and he went out and did it.”

Gearrin had posted a 1.80 ERA in 22 appearances for the Braves in 2012 but otherwise his low was 3.77. The final appearance last season was Gearrin’s 68th, easily a career-high. Lost in the 98 losses was a sneaky-good season for the snarling right-hander. Gearrin was seventh among NL relievers in ERA and tied for 18th in appearances. 

Gearrin enters this season with a stranglehold on a relief role. The Giants are counting on him to get them out of jams in the sixth or seventh. On opening day, he’ll start back at 0.00, and now he has a new threshold to chase. 

“To have the opportunity to do something like that, it means a lot to me to say that I did it,” he said. “It helps set a standard going forward for myself and the team, and that’s something that I want to build on.”

Giants sign five to one-year deals

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Giants sign five to one-year deals

SAN FRANCISCO — Joe Panik spent the first half of the offseason hearing his name in trade rumors. On Friday, his winter became much more enjoyable. 

Panik was one of five Giants to sign a one-year deal and avoid arbitration, joining relievers Hunter Strickland, Will Smith, Cory Gearrin and Sam Dyson. Financial details were not immediately available for all the players, but Panik got a raise to $3.45 million according to Beyond the Box Score, and Smith got $2.5 million per USA Today. 

Friday’s deadline gave the Giants some clarity as they continue to try and fill roster holes after a 98-loss season. Team officials said trade talks slowed in recent days as teams exchanged figures with their arbitration-eligible players. The Giants found the process to be a bit more complicated than in past years, but they now have five projected members of the Opening Day roster locked up and a better idea of exactly how much room they have under the luxury tax. Per a source, the Giants remain about $15 million under the $197 million tax line as they continue to seek one or two new outfielders.