The Giants pulled off a last-minute deal before the waiver trade deadline, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the team has acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Red Sox. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston will receive minor league left-hander Luis Ysla in return.
Rosenthal reported earlier tonight that the Giants were in touch with the Red Sox about De Aza and were also looking at some infield targets. Some speculated on the Dodgers as a potential fit, but the defending World Series champions got the deal done.
De Aza was cast aside by the Orioles after getting off to a miserable start this season, but he batted .292/.347/.484 with 18 extra-base hits (including four home runs) and 25 RBI in 60 games after joining the Red Sox in June. The Giants already acquired Marlon Byrd from the Reds in August after Hunter Pence went down with an oblique injury, but De Aza will provide manager Bruce Bochy with some extra depth from the left side of the plate.
The Giants acquired Marlon Byrd from the Reds earlier this month after Hunter Pence went down with an oblique injury, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports they aren’t done trying to make some tweaks to their roster.
De Aza really struggled with the Orioles earlier this year, but he’s batting .292 with 18 extra-base hits (including four home runs), 25 RBI, and an .831 OPS in 60 games since joining the Red Sox in June. Boston is understandably running Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. out there on most days right now, but De Aza could be a useful piece for a contender in a part-time or bench role.
The clock is ticking on the possibility, as the Giants must get a deal done by the end of the day today in order to have De Aza eligible for the postseason. Stay tuned.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. has been something of a lightning rod in recent years, getting most of the blame for the team’s fall from grace after the 2011 season. There were a number of poor decisions made under his leadership, including the Ryan Howard extension, the Cliff Lee trade to Seattle, separate trades to acquire Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence which depleted the minor league system, as well as some regrettable public comments with which he insulted Ryan Howard, showed he didn’t understand how OPS worked, and denigrated the value of walks.
The Phillies hit rock bottom earlier this year, when manager Ryne Sandberg quit suddenly due to an inability to effectively communicate with his players. Amaro named Pete Mackanin the interim manager, and the team has played much better and players have effusively praised Mackanin. Amaro also oversaw the overhauling of the Phillies’ minor league system, trading Jimmy Rollins during the off-season and executing trades of Jonathan Papelbon, Ben Revere, Cole Hamels, and Chase Utley. The Phillies now arguably have one of the five-best minor league systems in baseball.
And that may be reason enough for the Phillies to bring Amaro back for the 2016 season, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Amaro’s contract expires after the season, but incoming team president Andy MacPhail — taking over for outgoing president Pat Gillick — may keep Amaro in the GM seat rather than find a new candidate from outside the organization.
Heyman does cite as potential external GM options J.J. Piccolo of the Royals, Matt Klentak of the Angels, and John Barr of the Giants.
The Giants are missing Hunter Pence in their outfield right now, but they got Nori Aoki back from the disabled list on Thursday and Marlon Byrd in a trade from the Reds. Angel Pagan could soon be thrown back into the mix.
According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said this afternoon that Pagan is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday as he works his way back from right patella tendinitis.
Pagan has been sidelined since August 9 due to the injury, which has been affecting him dating back to last season. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection to deal with the discomfort and Bochy said he’s doing “much better.”
Pagan was a very productive player for the Giants when healthy from 2012-2014, but he’s in the midst of his worst offensive season, batting just .258/.290/.308 over 102 games. The 34-year-old has yet to hit a home run in 424 plate appearances.
Acquired to provide some power with Hunter Pence on the disabled list with an oblique strain, Marlon Byrd came as advertised in his debut with the Giants on Friday, going 3-for-5 with a two-run homer as part of a 6-4 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park.
Byrd also singled and doubled. His two-run blast was part of a three-run first inning against Jeff Locke. The Giants added two more runs in the second inning on a long home run from Madison Bumgarner. He has gone deep in back-to-back starts and now has five home runs on the season.
Bumgarner struck out six while allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings to secure the victory. He’s now 15-6 with a 3.02 ERA on the year.
The Giants sit 1 1/2 games behind the Dodgers for first place in the National League West and four games back of the Cubs for the second Wild Card spot. They’ll welcome Mike Leake back from the disabled list to pitch against Pirates ace Gerrit Cole this afternoon.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Braves 3, Cubs 5
Twins 4, Orioles 3
Indians 7, Yankees 3
Brewers 10, Nationals 3
Rangers 2, Tigers 0
Giants 6, Pirates 4
Royals 2, Red Sox 7
Diamondbacks 6, Reds 3
Blue Jays 9, Angels 3
Dodgers 0, Astros 3
Phillies 7, Marlins 1
Rays 2, Athletics 1
Mets 14, Rockies 9
White Sox 11, Mariners 4
Cardinals 3, Padres 9