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.