According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Giants have signed veteran infielder Bill Hall.
Hall was released by the Astros earlier this week after batting just .224/.272/.340 across his first 158 plate appearances. He drew free agent interest from the Nationals and Orioles, but the Giants pounced quickly after watching second baseman Freddy Sanchez crumble to the ground with a dislocated shoulder on Friday night against the Reds.
The Giants are also missing third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is still recovering from hamate bone surgery, and utility infielder Mike Fontenot, who is down with a groin strain. Hall will at least give more depth to the San Francisco bench and could even make regular starts at third or second for a couple of weeks.
Hall, 31, slugged 18 home runs in just 382 plate appearances last season for the Red Sox and managed 35 home runs against an .899 OPS back in 2006 for the Brewers. The Giants will hope some of that pop remains. Houston remains on the hook for most of what remains on his one-year, $3 million contract.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reports that the Mariners have acquired starter Chris Heston from the Giants. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Heston, 28, logged only five innings in the majors this past season as he battled an oblique injury and otherwise spent most of his time with Triple-A Sacramento. Heston was solid out of the Giants’ rotation in 2015, posting a 3.95 ERA with a 141/64 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings over 31 starts.
Heston will be under team control through 2021. He’ll provide depth for the Mariners’ rotation in the meantime.
Joe Nathan‘s agent, David Pepe, says his client wants to pitch in 2017, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “He’s like the Energizer Bunny,” Pepe said.
Nathan, 42, came back from Tommy John surgery in July, pitching two scoreless innings for the Cubs with four strikeouts and two walks. The Cubs released him and the Giants picked him up, and Nathan went on to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings down the stretch with five strikeouts and two walks.
According to FanGraphs, Nathan’s velocity wasn’t where it used to be, which is to be expected of a pitcher in his 40’s coming back from major elbow surgery. Still, with teams always on the hunt for bullpen depth, it would be shocking if Nathan didn’t get any bites before spring training starts.