The Giants took one on the chin from the Bums last night, and likely have an uphill battle against Clayton Kershaw tonight. But that’s not the focus of this post. No, we’re gathered here today to play catchup after a busy 48 hours for the Giants 40-man roster. Sticking with the theme from my post last weekend, here’s a few thoughts on the latest moves… “quick hits” style.
First, the big one. The Giants traded for Jake Peavy this morning, sending Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree to Boston in exchange for the veteran righty. With Hector getting dinged last night, you knew a roster move was coming this morning. Without any clear DFA candidates on the 40-man, I wondered if some kind of deal might go down to free up some space. I checked Twitter about 10 minutes later, and the Giants were hot on the trade trail.
Peavy this year: 20 GS 124 IP 4.72 ERA 7.3 K/9 3.3 BB/9 20 HR. Obviously, this hasn’t been his best year. But go back to 2012 and you’ve got an All-Star who tossed 219 innings to the tune of a 3.37 ERA for the White Sox. He’s a 33 year-old former ace who’ll be a free agent at the end of the season. The Giants needed someone to take Matt Cain’s spot in the rotation, and Peavy fits the bill.
Thoughts on Hembree and Escobar: Some have said the Giants gave up too much. I honestly don’t see it that way. Both of these guys will be MLB arms at some point. No doubt about that. But I honestly don’t see either making a real impact in the majors. Esky lit the world on fire last year, but righties were absolutely pummeling him this year in the PCL. For a top prospect in the organization, his season was very alarming. Hembree’s stock has really cooled off in the past couple seasons. Admittedly, I wanted to see more of him. But you kind of got the sense the Giants didn’t see a ton of value in him anymore. I wish both of them well, but I think it was a pretty fair deal.
Do the Giants have one more trade in them this week? I think they do. Sounds like the Phillies were scouting Kyle Crick last night (career high 11 K). Are the Giants going to use Crick to try for Utley? I honestly don’t know how to feel about that one…
Other roster moves: yesterday was the 2B shuffle. Scutaro and Adrianza to the DL; Dan Uggla and Tony Abreu to the MLB club. Nick Noonan and Jose De Paula were DFA. The only issue I have here is with Abreu. Personally, I don’t see any reason for him to be on the roster, especially if Panik is healthy enough to play. I guess the front office didn’t have much else to pick from. Hopefully Adrianza can get his hamstring right and get back to the majors soon. He was starting to look pretty confident at the plate.
Saved the best for last here. Andrew Susac is headed to the Show, the second highly-rated pick from the 2011 draft to make his debut for the Giants this year (Joe Panik). I am obviously excited for him, but it’s hard not to be concerned about Hector Sanchez. Hector took a foul straight off the mast last night, and he’s on the 7-day concussion DL with Belt. The Giants can’t seem to catch a break lately, injury-wise.
As for Susac, he’s hitting .268 with 10 HR in 213 AB for Fresno this year. He’s had two DL stints in 2014, and that’s been the big story of his career to this point. I love the kid’s bat. Hitting .311 against lefties this year… the best lefty in baseball happens to be on the hill tonight against the Giants, with another good one in Ryu to start tomorrow. How aggressive does the coaching staff get with Susac here? Either way, Susac’s promotion is an exciting time for northern CA and specifically the Sacramento area. Give ’em hell, Andy!