Aaron Rowand, Miguel Tejada go on release waivers

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In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Giants weren’t able to trade Aaron Rowand or Miguel Tejada after designating both for assignment.  The pair were placed on release waivers Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports.

Both players figure to become free agents Monday, allowing them to sign with teams.  There may not be any demand for Tejada at all, but Rowand is sure to get several calls.  That’s partly because Rowand will merely have to be paid the minimum next year, with the Giants on the hook for the remaining $11.6 million of his $12 million salary.

There’s already been some speculation that the Phillies will bring Rowand back.  They could use a true backup center fielder, and Rowand has warm memories from his time in Philly.  However, Rowand might be able to find a bigger role.  The Phillies already have a fine fourth outfielder for this year and next in John Mayberry Jr., and Rowand would really only be useful to the team when Shane Victorino is hurt.

Of course, neither player will be eligible for the postseason this season.  The Giants saw to that when they waited as long as they did to cut bait.

Braves minor leaguer Braxton Davidson fractures foot on walk-off homer in AFL Championship Game

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Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.

Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.

The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.