during the MLB game at Chase Field on July 1, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Rangers acquire Cory Gearrin, Austin Jackson from Giants

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The Rangers executed a multi-player swap with the Giants on Sunday, acquiring right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, outfielder Austin Jackson, and pitching prospect Jason Bahr in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Bahr is expected to report to High-A Down East, while right-handed relievers Matt Bush (right elbow strain) and Tony Barnette (strained right lat muscle) will be placed on the 60-day disabled list in order to make room for Gearrin and Jackson on the 40-man roster.

Gearrin, 32, hasn’t yet been able to replicate the sub-2.00 ERA and career-high 64 strikeouts that characterized his 2017 run with the Giants. At the start of the 2018 season, he moved into a setup role within the bullpen and delivered a 4.20 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 9.6 SO/9 through his first 30 innings of the year. After making just over $1.6 million in 2018, the right-hander is slated to enter arbitration in 2019 and will hit free agency by 2020.

The 31-year-old Jackson is also seeing something of a regression this year. After turning in a .318 average and 1.9 fWAR with the Indians in 2017, the outfielder signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Giants in advance of the 2018 season and batted .242/.309/.295 with eight doubles and a .604 OPS through 165 plate appearances. He’s still in line to receive another $3 million in 2019 and, like Gearrin, can test the market in 2020 — though, as Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News points out, GM Jon Daniels reportedly told the outfielder to “hold off on reporting” to the club and may try to flip him sooner rather than later.

The Rangers will also add some pitching depth to their farm system with 23-year-old reliever Jason Bahr, who was ranked no. 27 of 30 among the Giants’ top prospects earlier this year. Bahr made his first jump to High-A ball in 2018, issuing three runs on 12 hits and two walks and recording 15 strikeouts in just 16 innings.

While the Giants’ compensation in the trade has yet to be revealed, they’ll reap some immediate benefits from the deal. The moves cleared two roster spots for top outfield prospect Steven Duggar (no. 3) and pitching prospect Ray Black (no. 28), both of whom are now well-positioned to step into significant roles with the team. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Rangers are also prepared to pony up the cash for the remainder of Austin Jackson’s $6 million salary in 2018-19, giving the Giants some additional wiggle room under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold.

Cole Hamels done for year after just 1 start for Braves

Cole Hamels triceps injury
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ATLANTA — After making just one start for the Atlanta Braves, Cole Hamels is done for the season.

Hamels reported shortly before the start of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins that he didn’t feel like he could get anything on the ball. The left-hander was scheduled to make his second start Tuesday after struggling throughout the year to overcome shoulder and triceps issues.

The Braves placed Hamels on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sept. 18,, but that was a mere formality. General manager Alex Anthopoulos already contacted Major League Baseball about replacing Hamels in the team’s postseason player pool.

“Cole knows himself and his body,” Anthopoulos said. “You trust the player at that point when he says he can’t go.”

The Braves began Monday with a three-game lead in the NL East .and primed for their third straight division title.

Even with that success, Atlanta has struggled throughout the shortened 60-game series to put together a consistent rotation beyond Cy Young contender Max Fried and rookie Ian Anderson.

Expected ace Mike Soroka went down with a season-ending injury, former All-Star Mike Foltynewicz was demoted after just one start, and Sean Newcomb also was sent to the alternate training site after getting hammered in his four starts.

The Braves have used 12 starters this season.

Anthopoulos had hoped to land another top starter at the trade deadline but the only deal he was able to make was acquiring journeyman Tommy Milone from the Orioles. He’s on the injured list after getting hammered in three starts for the Braves, giving up 22 hits and 16 runs in just 9 2/3 innings.

“There’s no doubt that our starting pitching has not performed to the level we wanted it to or expected it to,” Anthopoulos said. “I know that each year you never have all parts of your club firing. That’s why depth is so important.”

Hamels, who signed an $18 million, one-year contract last December, reported for spring training with a sore shoulder stemming from an offseason workout.

When camps were shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Hamels was able to take a more cautious approach to his rehabilitation. But a triceps issue sidelined again before the delayed start of the season in July.

The Braves hoped Hamels would return in time to provide a boost for the playoffs. He also was scheduled to start the final game of the regular season Sunday, putting him in position to join the postseason rotation behind Fried and Anderson.

Now, Hamels is done for the year, his Braves’ career possibly ending after he made that one appearance last week in Baltimore. He went 3 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits, with two strikeouts and one walk in a loss to the Orioles.

Hamels reported no problems immediately after his start, but he didn’t feel right after a bullpen session a couple of days ago.

“You’re not going to try to talk the player into it,” Anthopoulos said. “When he says he isn’t right, that’s all we need to hear.”

Atlanta recalled right-hander Bryse Wilson to replace Hamels on the 28-man roster. The Braves did not immediately name a starter for Tuesday’s game.

With Hamels out, the Braves will apparently go with Fried (7-0, 1.96), Anderson (3-1, 2.36) and Kyle Wright (2-4, 5.74) as their top three postseason starters.

Hamels is a four-time All-Star with a career record of 163-122. He starred on Philadelphia’s World Series-winning team in 2008 and also pitched for Texas and the Chicago Cubs.

Last season, Hamels went 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 27 starts for the Cubs.