For the second week in a row, the Giants claimed a right-hander from the Los Angeles Angels and made room on the roster by releasing another former Angel.
This time, it was 22-year-old Luis Madero joining the organization on a waiver claim, with fellow right-hander Jake Jewell getting designated for assignment. Jewell had been claimed last Monday and the Giants cleared a spot that day by designating Zack Cozart.
Madero, who made it to Double-A last season, seems to bring a bit more upside to an organization looking to hit on underrated prospects. He was ranked 11th in the Angels' system at the time of the waiver claim, according to MLB Pipeline. Madero had been DFA'd last week.
Madero was originally signed out of Venezuela by the Diamondbacks and has spent the last two seasons in A-ball and Double-A with the Angels. He made 24 appearances last season -- 22 of which were starts -- and posted a 5.03 ERA and 1.54 WHIP.
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According to MLB Pipeline, Madero has a low 90s sinker and a good slider. That could be a solid combination out of the bullpen, although the Giants also are working to stockpile starting pitching depth. They figure to have a pretty good handle of what Madero is capable of, as new pitching coach Andrew Bailey came to the Giants after two years on staff with the Angels.
When the Giants traded for Zack Cozart at the Winter Meetings, it didn't seem all that likely that he would make it to Opening Day. It turns out Cozart won't even be at spring training.
The Giants DFA'd the shortstop Monday to clear a roster spot for right-handed pitcher Jake Jewell, who was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. The Giants traded for Cozart and the remaining $12 million or so on his deal in order to acquire Angels prospect Will Wilson, the 15th overall pick in last summer's draft and someone the Giants considered taking at No. 10 overall.
Jewell, 26, has made 21 relief appearances for the Angels the last two seasons, posting a 6.99 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings. He has a 4.93 ERA in his minor league career, primarily as a reliever. The Giants figure to have an open competition for bullpen spots in spring training.
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Cozart has struggled with injuries since signing a big three-year deal with the Angels and hit just .124 in 38 games last season. After acquiring Cozart, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said there was uncertainty about whether he would be ready for the season. The Giants have enough depth at shortstop, with Mauricio Dubon and Donovan Solano behind Brandon Crawford.
That trade for Cozart wasn't about the big league roster, it was about Wilson. The 21-year-old shortstop now is at the back end of their top 10 prospect list, per some outlets.