Giants trade Steven Duggar to Rangers for Willie Calhoun in outfielder swap

Giants trade Duggar to Rangers in outfielder swap for Calhoun initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

SAN FRANCISCO — For weeks, Gabe Kapler has actually been asked what the Giants may do when both LaMonte Wade Jr. and Luis González are alternatives for the major league lineup. But that overlooked Steven Duggar, who was on the Opening Day lineup and had actually been rehabbing an oblique injury.

The Giants needed to decide with Duggar today as his prolonged rehabilitation task ended, and they picked an unanticipated course.

Duggar has actually been traded to the Texas Rangers for outfielder Willie Calhoun and money factors to consider, the group revealed Thursday. The trade was initially reported by Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.

Duggar has one minors choice staying and might have been optioned to Triple-A’s lineup up until there was a larger requirement at the major league level, however the Giants picked to offer him a clean slate and obtain a previous leading possibility who has actually had a hard time in Texas.

Calhoun, a Vallejo native, was among the video game’s leading 100 potential customers when Farhan Zaidi was basic supervisor of the Dodgers, however they traded him to the Rangers as part of the Yu Darvish swap in 2017.

Calhoun has actually played 253 video games for the Rangers over parts of 6 seasons, publishing a .241/.300/.407 slash line with 32 homers. He struck 21 of them in 2019 however has actually been a part-time gamer since.

Calhoun was benched to Triple-A in May and supposedly requested for a trade. Part of the appeal for the Giants originates from the reality that he currently has actually cleared waivers, so they do not need to include him to the 40-man lineup and can deal with making changes with him in Triple-A.

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Duggar has actually been on the 60-day IL because straining his oblique in April, and because time the Giants have actually increased their outfield depth. González has actually become a beginning choice, and they likewise have Wade Jr., Mike Yastrzemski and Joc Pederson as left-handed-hitting outfielders.

Duggar was the most athletic of the group and the very best protector, however he had actually a .242/.297/.377 slash line in his 5 seasons in the major leagues. A sixth-round choice in 2015, Duggar will now want to break through in Texas with previous Giants striking coach Donnie Ecker.

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