The Giants acquire Willie Calhoun from Rangers to Steven Duggar

The Giants and Rangers have agreed on a swap of position players. Rangers sends Willie Calhoun to the Giants in exchange for the outfielder Steven Duggar, by Andrew Baggarly from The Athletic (via Twitter). The Giants will also receive cash consideration from Texas, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).

San Francisco had a decision to make on Duggar, who was to be added back to the 40-man roster after completing his rehab assignment. Calhoun himself has recently undergone exemptions that have not been claimed.

The plan is for Duggar to join the active list. Rangers will appoint Spencer Patton to the task of making room on the 40-man list for Duggar, per team. They will have to make one more move to fit on the active list for Duggar. Patton, 34, had played seven appearances for Rangers and had a 3.86 ERA / 5.70 FIP across seven innings.

In Duggar, Rangers acquire a player with more defensive utility than Calhoun, who never really found a defensive home. Duggar can play all three outfield spots. However, he had been on the injury list since April 21 with a strained slant. He has performed in each of the last five seasons for the Giants, and has achieved a total line of .242 / .297 / .377 over 805 record appearances with a too high 29.4 percent strikeout rate and too low a 7.0 percent walking rate.

With Luis Gonzalez going on the injury list today, the Giants could have easily brought Duggar back to the Major League list, so it’s interesting that they decided to move on. As a left-handed striker, Duggar’s skill set does not compliment the Giants’ current cohort of outfielders, including Gonzalez. Joc Pedersen, Mike Yastrzemski, Austin Slaterand LaMonte Wade Jr., who himself is almost ready to return from the injury list. Only Slater among that group strikes the right hand.

Of course, Calhoun also turns left, so he’s less of an appropriate acquisition and more of a rehabilitation project for Triple-A staff. Broadly speaking, the Giants do wonders by finding roles for players who have not previously been able to find a defined role in a major league club. Players like Wilmer Flores, There reputationand Thairo Estrada are players who have found a home in the San Francisco system. Calhoun has had his chances in the big ones, and although he is no longer a prospect, the Giants are as promising a landing spot as a young vet like Calhoun can hope to find in this league. So far, the Giants can send him straight to Triple-A without adding him to their 40-man list.

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