Rangers trade outfielders, Calhoun to Giants for Duggar


ARLINGTON, Texas (TUSEN) — The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Willie Calhoun, who was the primary returning Texas Rangers when they traded All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish five years ago.

Calhoun was traded by Texas to the Giants for Steven Duggar on Thursday in a trade of outfielders who both bat left-handed and throw right-handed.

It will be a homecoming for Calhoun, who asked for a trade days after being sent to the minors by Rangers on May 1. The 27-year-old was born in the East Bay town of Vallejo, California and attended Benicia. High school.

“We wish Willie the best in his opportunity with San Francisco,” Rangers chairman Jon Daniels said. “It’s a new start for him, in addition to being close to home.”

San Francisco also receives money as part of the deal.

Calhoun spent the five-plus years of his major league career with the Rangers, playing 253 games and hitting .241 overall. He had an average of .136 with a home run and two RBIs in 18 major league games this year. Just over a month after being drafted to Triple-A, he was designated for an assignment and cleared waivers before being assigned to Round Rock, where he hit .217 with five homers in 22 games.

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Right-hander Spencer Patton was designated by Texas to make room on its 40-man roster for Duggar, but the Giants did not add Calhoun to their 40-man roster. Duggar, 28, has been activated from the 60-day injured list and Rangers will have to make another move to add him to their 26-man roster when he joins the squad.

The Rangers got Calhoun, pitcher AJ Alexy and infielder Brendon Davis when they traded Darvish, then a four-time All-Star for Texas, to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deal expiring on July 31, 2017.

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Calhoun made his league debut in September, hitting .265 with a home run and four RBIs in 13 games, then hit .222 in 35 games the following year. His best season with the Rangers came in 2019, when he hit .269 with 21 home runs and 48 RBIs in 83 games.

But he broke his jaw in 2020 spring training when he was hit by a pitch and played just 29 games in the delayed, pandemic-shortened season. His 2021 season ended in June when he was hit by a pitch that fractured his left forearm.

Duggar hit .194 with four RBIs in 12 games for the Giants this year before being placed on the injured reserve April 22 with a left oblique injury.

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Daniels described Duggar as “a solid, all-around baseball player who can add value to the team in a variety of ways.” His skill set is similar to fast outfielder Eli White, who is on the 60-day IL with a broken right wrist from a June 12 field collision.

White and Duggar were teammates at Clemson for two seasons before the Giants took Duggar in the sixth round of the 2015 entry draft.

Duggar has made big league appearances with San Francisco every season since his debut in 2017. He hit .242 with 14 home runs, 87 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in his 254 MLB games. He started at all three outfield positions, mostly at center.


TUSEN Baseball Writer Janie McCauley contributed to this report from San Francisco.


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