Giants designate Jean Machi for assignment

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Tim Hudson was activated from the disabled list to start tonight against the Padres, so the Giants designated reliever Jean Machi for assignment in order to clear a spot on the active roster.

Machi was an important contributor in the Giants’ bullpen from 2013-2014 while posting a 2.49 ERA over 122 appearances, but he hasn’t looked anything like that pitcher so far this season. Missing fewer bats and showing diminished control, the 33-year-old has an ugly 5.14 ERA and 22/14 K/BB ratio over 35 innings. Perhaps someone will take a chance on him in the hopes of a turnaround, but there’s been a clear decline in skills.

Hudson has been sidelined since June 26 with a strained right shoulder. The 40-year-old has a 4.68 ERA and 49/22 K/BB ratio in 92 1/3 innings over 15 starts this season. With Hudson’s return, Ryan Vogelsong is being moved to the bullpen.

Two of 10 players accept $17.8 million qualifying offers

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First baseman José Abreu and starter Jake Odorizzi have accepted their $17.8 million qualifying offers from the White Sox and Twins, respectively, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. Reliever Will Smith signed a three-year contract with the Braves ahead of Thursday’s 5 PM ET deadline to accept or reject the qualifying offer.

The remaining seven players — Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner, Josh Donaldson, and Marcell Ozuna — have rejected their qualifying offers, per Passan. They are officially free agents and will have draft pick compensation attached to them, a potential deterrent for some interested teams.

The QO is unlikely to materially affect the fates of Cole, Rendon, and Strasburg, but it could limit the markets for the other four players. Reliever Craig Kimbrel and starter Dallas Keuchel both had draft pick compensation attached to them after the 2018 season and didn’t end up signing until June. It seems unlikely that Wheeler, Bumgarner, Donaldson, and Ozuna would have to wait until June next year to sign but it may take a while for their markets to develop.