Giants trade Steven Duggar to Rangers for Willie Calhoun in outfield trade

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Giants trade Duggar for Rangers in outfield trade for Calhoun originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

SAN FRANCISCO — For weeks, Gabe Kapler has been asked what the Giants could do when LaMonte Wade Jr. and Luis González are options for the roster of greats. But that left out Steven Duggar, who was on the opening day roster and was nursing an oblique injury.

The Giants had to make a decision with Duggar this week at the end of his long rehab mission, and they chose an unexpected path.

Duggar was traded to the Texas Rangers for outfielder Willie Calhoun and cash consideration, the team announced Thursday. The swap was first reported by Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.

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Duggar still has a minor league option and could have been optioned on the Triple-A roster until there was a greater need at the big league level, but the Giants opted to give him a new one. starting and acquiring a former top prospect who struggled in Texas. .

Calhoun, a Vallejo native, was a top 100 prospect in the game when Farhan Zaidi was general manager of the Dodgers, but they traded him to the Rangers as part of the Yu Darvish trade in 2017.

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Calhoun played 253 games for the Rangers over six seasons, posting a .241/.300/.407 slash with 32 homers. He hit 21 in 2019 but has been a part-time player ever since.

Calhoun was demoted to Triple-A in May and has reportedly requested a trade. Part of the attraction for the Giants is that he has already cleared waivers, so they don’t have to add him to the 40-man roster and can work on making adjustments with him in Triple-A. .

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Duggar has been on the IL 60 days since straining his oblique in April, and during that time the Giants have increased their outfield depth. González became a starting option, and they also have Wade Jr., Mike Yastrzemski, and Joc Pederson as left-handed outfielders.

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Duggar was the most athletic of the group and the best defenseman, but he had a .242/.297/.377 slash line in his five major league seasons. A sixth-round pick in 2015, Duggar will now look to break into Texas with former Giants hitting coach Donnie Ecker.

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