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Notes: Giants acquire Basabe; roster moves

@mi_guardado
August 9, 2020

The Giants acquired outfield prospect Luis Alexander Basabe from the White Sox in exchange for cash considerations on Sunday. Right-hander Jordan Humphreys, who came over from the Mets in the Billy Hamilton trade earlier this month, was placed on the restricted list with a “family-related” issue, clearing a spot for

The Giants acquired outfield prospect Luis Alexander Basabe from the White Sox in exchange for cash considerations on Sunday. Right-hander Jordan Humphreys, who came over from the Mets in the Billy Hamilton trade earlier this month, was placed on the restricted list with a “family-related” issue, clearing a spot for Basabe on the 40-man roster.

Basabe, who was designated for assignment by Chicago last week, will report to the Giants’ alternate training site in Sacramento, Calif. Originally signed by the Red Sox out of his native Venezuela in 2012, Basabe was sent to the White Sox as part of the prospect haul for left-hander Chris Sale four years later.

Basabe reached Double-A Birmingham in 2019 and has batted .248 with a .737 OPS, 44 home runs and 116 stolen bases over seven Minor League seasons. He is now ranked as the Giants’ No. 18 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, showcasing president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi’s ability to acquire high-upside talent at a negligible cost to the organization.

“I think this is what makes Farhan and [general manager] Scott [Harris] so good at what they do,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “To be able to bring in a guy who slots immediately into our top prospects list without giving up too much in return.”

Basabe, a 23-year-old switch-hitter, has dealt with a number of injuries in recent years, tearing the meniscus in his left knee in 2017 and dealing with a broken hamate bone in his left hand and a recurring quadriceps injury last year. But he showed his potential when healthy in 2018, homering off a 102 mph fastball from top Reds prospect Hunter Greene in the All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park.

“Basabe is tooled up,” Kapler said. “This is a guy with arm strength and speed. He has a history of performance at the Minor League level with the White Sox and then dating back to his time with the Red Sox as well. Switch-hitter, real ceiling. Exciting add to our system.”

Roster moves
The Giants reinstated left-hander Jarlín García from the 60-day injured list and added him to their 28-man roster ahead of Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers. Fellow lefty Andrew Suárez was optioned and placed on the taxi squad to make room for García, who missed the first quarter of the regular season with an undisclosed medical issue.

Infielder Abiatal Avelino was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Avelino, 25, was acquired from the Yankees as part of the Andrew McCutchen trade in 2018 and went 5-for-18 over 10 games with the Giants.

García, 27, will bring much-needed experience to San Francisco’s young bullpen. He logged a 3.02 ERA over 53 appearances with the Marlins in 2019 and was claimed off waivers by the Giants earlier this year.

“I can see Jarlín kind of slotting into the Wandy Peralta role,” Kapler said. “Some leverage, some middle relief and just see how he looks. Really good reports from Sacramento from the time that he reported. And then having been in Philly the last couple of years, we saw a lot of Jarlín in Miami, so we have a pretty good feel for his repertoire and his ability to tackle both left- and right-handed hitters.”

Right-hander Trevor Cahill, who was slowed by a fingernail injury during Summer Camp, was also added to the Giants’ taxi squad on Sunday, another indication that he is likely the leading candidate to replace the injured Jeff Samardzija (rotator cuff inflammation) in the rotation on Wednesday in Houston. Cahill, 32, threw approximately 40 pitches over three innings in a simulated game on Friday.

“I think he’s squarely in the conversation to make an appearance for us in an upcoming game,” Kapler said. “Those are things that are actively being discussed. We’ll continue to look at how Trevor fits on our roster, but the reason he’s traveling with us is it’s great to have him as an option.”

Maria Guardado covers the Giants for MLB.com. She previously covered the Angels from 2017-18. Follow her on Twitter.