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Giants acquire Kevin Pillar from Blue Jays

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The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Kevin Pillar in exchange infielder Alen Hanson, righty Derek Law and righty Juan De Paula.

Pillar has spent his entire seven-season career in Toronto. He’s a defense-first center fielder with some occasional pop. For his career he’s a .260/.297/.396 hitter (86 OPS+) but he can steal you some bases. His calling card, obviously, is outstanding defense in center, though he may have lost a step in the past couple of years. He had a lot of steps to lose, of course, so he’s still an excellent defender.

Hanson is a utility guy who has covered second, short, third and all three outfield positions. He has yet to see action this year. Last year he hit .252/.274/.425 in 310 plate appearances.

Law has pitched in 109 games, all in relief, over three seasons. He has a 3.83 ERA and has a K/BB ratio of 97/31 in 105.2 innings.

De Paula, 21, has yet to pitch above A-ball. The Jays will be his fourth organization since 2015.

Marlins give Don Mattingly two-year extension

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The Marlins have announced that they have inked manager Don Mattingly to a two-year contract extensions. There’s a third year in the form of a mutual option.

Mattingly is finishing up the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Marlins prior to the 2016 season. He’s 272-364 in that period and the club has lost 99 games already this season. The current bad run, however, obviously corresponds with a massive rebuild the team began undertaking following the 2017 season and the team’s change in ownership. Mattingly has not had much to work with over the past two seasons but he has likewise, largely, kept the team on as even a keel as one could hope under the circumstances. He has certainly impressed the Marlins’ brass enough to take the unusual step of keeping on a manager they inherited from a previous ownership and front office group.

In other news, the Marlins also announced a two-year contract extension for shortstop Miguel Rojas valued at $10.25 million. There’s a vesting option for a third year. The deal buys out Rojas’ final year of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, plus that option.

Rojas, 30, is hitting .285/.335/.383 (OPS+ 92) this year.