By: Dawson Wright
Ben Margot, Associated Press
This morning, the Giants traded right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, outfielder Austin Jackson, and pitching prospect Jason Bahr to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a PTBNL or cash.
This deal for the Rangers is basically them buying Jason Bahr (who isn’t that much of a prospect anyways), and taking the contracts from the Giants most struggling veterans.
For the Giants, this move does open up quite a few options. As it was very apparent during the off-season, the Giants will do whatever they can to make a contending team, while trying to avoid the luxury tax. And with this move, they knock out two birds with one stone.
With the cap space that the Giants just cleared, they now have a couple million dollars to work with in case they want to add a piece at the trade deadline, and this makes that deal less difficult.
The Giants also got rid of 2 of their worst players. Austin Jackson was the worst player by fWAR on the Giants with a -0.8. And Cory Gearrin was the worst pitcher as he had a -0.3.
With the roster spots gone, the Giants have added RHP Ray Black and OF Steven Duggar. Steven Duggar has had a decent season in the minors so far, and Ray Black has been amazing for the River Cats.
Even with all of the veterans on the team, the Giants are getting younger, and a little bit better with this move.
By: Dawson Wright
PHOTO VIA: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Dropping 3 out of 4 games to the Padres does not feel good for anyone. Especially for a struggling Giants offense.
Considering the fact that the two big moves the Giants made over the off season were for offense, it is concerning that they are struggling the most at the plate. This season the Giants are 27th in runs scored, with only 45 total runs for the entire season. That is 6 runs ahead of the Royals, the worst team in baseball.
Andrew McCutchen has had his moments, but him and Evan Longoria have not been consistent. I didn't expect Longoria to have a fast start to the season, considering he is switching for AL to NL, spending his entire career in the AL. However, I was expecting some sort of life at the plate rather than a home run here and there.
So if the Giants cannot rely on their offense for now, they will have to rely on their pitching. Cueto has been on the DL due to his ankle, but him and Samardzjia will return soon. But until then, if the Giants want to win any games, the rest of their rotation has to be better than awful.
Ty Blach only seems to have a good start when he faces the Dodgers, Tyler Beede is going to be called down after giving up 5 runs to the Padres in 3 and 2/3 innings, Derek Holland has had some decent starts but it seems he will need more offensive support to get a win, and Suarez just had his first start where he did...okay.
It looks like the only way the Giants will win any games coming up will be if they are able to plate up some runs, otherwise I smell a losing streak. Good thing the season is long.