Injuries & Moves: Giants trade for Reds' Rule 5 pick

December 8th, 2022

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Dec. 7: C/OF acquired from the Reds in exchange for cash considerations and a player to be named later
Sabol was traded to the Giants shortly after being selected by the Reds with the fourth pick of the Rule 5 Draft. The 24-year-old hit .284/.363/.497 with 19 homers and 75 RBIs between Double-A and Triple-A in 2022. He could be an option to serve as a left-handed-hitting complement to Joey Bart behind the plate, though he’ll have to stay on the 26-man roster for the entire 2023 season or be offered back to the Reds due to his Rule 5 designation.

Dec. 6: OF agrees to three-year, $43.5 million deal
The Giants landed an above-average corner outfield bat in Haniger, whose deal includes an opt-out after the 2024 season. Haniger, who turns 32 on Dec. 23, will earn $5 million in 2023, $17 million in 2024 and $15.5 million in 2025. He will also receive a $6 million signing bonus and a one-time assignment bonus of $1 million if he is traded during the term of this contract. The right-handed slugger will also make an annual donation to the Giants Community Fund, donating $55,000 in 2023, $85,000 in 2024 and $77,500 in 2025.

Dec. 2: RHP Miguel Yajure claimed off waivers from the Pirates
Yajure, 24, has made 19 appearances (four starts) for the Yankees and Pirates over the past three seasons, logging a 7.58 ERA over 46 1/3 innings. He spent the bulk of the 2022 campaign at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he recorded a 6.09 ERA over 16 appearances (14 starts).

Nov. 18: OF Mike Yastrzemski, LHP Scott Alexander agree to terms 
The Giants announced they agreed to terms with Yastrzemski and Alexander on one-year contracts for the 2023 season, avoiding salary arbitration. Yastrzemski, 32, will earn $6.1 million, a source told MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand. Alexander, 33, accepted a $1.15 million offer, per MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

San Francisco also tendered contracts to its eight remaining arbitration-eligible players: right-handers Logan Webb, Jakob Junis, John Brebbia and Tyler Rogers; outfielders Austin Slater and LaMonte Wade Jr.; and infielders J.D. Davis and Thairo Estrada. Players tendered contracts will have until Jan. 13 to work out new deals with their clubs before exchanging arbitration figures. The two sides may still work on a deal after that date, though many will wind up going to arbitration hearings. 

The Giants non-tendered 10 players, though seven were designated for assignment earlier in the week: left-hander Jarlín García; right-handers Sam Delaplane and Drew Strotman; catchers Dom Nuñez and Meibrys Viloria; and infielders Jason Vosler and Colton Welker. Right-hander Mauricio Llovera, left-hander Alex Young and infielder Donovan Walton were the other three non-tendered players, leaving the Giants’ 40-man roster at 37.

Nov. 15: IF Brett Wisely acquired from Rays in exchange for OF Tristan Peters
Wisely, 23, spent the bulk of the 2022 campaign at Double-A Montgomery, where he hit .274 with an .831 OPS, 15 homers and 31 steals while playing all over the infield.

“A very skilled player,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said. “He’s hit for average and power in his professional career, steals bases. Really versatile defensively. He’s even played some shortstop and has done a solid job there. He kind of fits more in the category of someone who we think can help us next year.”

Peters was acquired from the Brewers in exchange for Trevor Rosenthal at the Aug. 2 Trade Deadline, but his time in the Giants organization ultimately proved short. The 22-year-old outfielder appeared in 34 games for Double-A Richmond in 2022, batting .212 with a .605 OPS and one home run over 132 at-bats.

The Giants completed another minor deal, sending Triple-A outfielder Steele Walker to the Tigers in exchange for cash considerations.

Nov. 15: OF Joc Pederson accepts one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer
Pederson will be back for a second season in San Francisco after becoming one of two players to accept the qualifying offer this year. Left-hander Carlos Rodón was among the 12 players to decline, so the Giants will receive Draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere as a free agent.

Nov. 15: Six prospects added to the 40-man roster
Shortstop Marco Luciano, outfielder Luis Matos, infielder Brett Wisely and right-handers Tristan Beck, Keaton Winn and Jose Cruz were added to the Giants' 40-man roster on Tuesday, granting them protection from the Rule 5 Draft next month.

INJURY UPDATES

LHP Alex Wood (left shoulder impingement)
Expected return: 2023
Wood, 31, was transferred to the 60-day IL on Oct. 3 with the impingement, an issue that sidelined him for the final month of the regular season. He didn't show enough progress to be cleared to resume throwing, so the Giants decided to shut him down for the rest of the year on Sept. 18. Wood logged a 5.10 ERA over 26 starts for San Francisco in 2022 and is expected to remain a core piece of the club's rotation next season. (Last updated: Oct. 3)

RHP Anthony DeSclafani (right ankle inflammation)
Expected return:
2023
DeSclafani underwent season-ending surgery on his troublesome right ankle on July 12. DeSclafani said the procedure set a subluxed peroneal tendon in his drive ankle and is expected to have a recovery period of four to five months.

DeSclafani, who signed a three-year, $36 million deal over the offseason, was limited to only five starts this year due to persistent ankle pain, logging a 9.95 ERA over 19 innings. He visited Oracle Park in late August for a check-up with Giants doctors.

“Anthony worked really hard following last season to come to camp healthy and to be the best version that he could possibly be for the Giants,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “I appreciate the work ethic and how much he gave to us. We know he’s going to give that same level of effort in this rehab process and the optimistic view is he’s going to come back as healthy as he’s been for the beginning of 2023.” (Last updated: Aug. 29)

RHP  (right groin strain)
Expected return: 2023
Santos was recalled by the Giants on Aug. 23 and placed on the 60-day injured list the same day, ending his season. He's the organization's 25th-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline, though the 22-year-old's big league success so far has been affected by control issues. (He's also walked 20 batters in 33 innings at Triple-A Sacramento.) Should Santos be able to refine his pitch location, he could very well prove to be a future electric late-innings guy in the Giants' bullpen. (Last updated: Aug. 23)