3:15PM: The Giants introduced the commerce to reporters, together with Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, with minor league righty Raynel Espinal going the opposite manner. The 30-year-old made his MLB debut final 12 months, logging simply two innings for the Purple Sox. The Giants signed him to a minor league deal for this 12 months, with Espinal working as a starter in Triple-A. In 19 video games, he has thrown 81 1/3 innings with a 5.29 ERA. He has a formidable 27.6% strikeout price for the 12 months however below-average stroll and floor ball charges of 10.3% and 39%.
As anticipated, Thairo Estrada was positioned on the concussion IL to make room for Machado on the lively roster, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com was amongst these to relay. To make room on the 40-man roster, righty Tobias Myers was designated for task. Myers started the season with the Guardians however went to the Giants in a commerce earlier this month. Between the 2 golf equipment, he’s thrown 63 innings in Triple-A this 12 months with a 6.14 ERA.
2:42PM: The Giants have formally acquired Machado, Morosi reports. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers adds the attention-grabbing element that Machado requested a commerce, probably with the intention to land on a crew that would provide him massive league taking part in time.
2:09PM: The Giants wish to purchase infielder Dixon Machado from the Cubs, as MLB Community’s Jon Morosi (Twitter link) reviews that the 2 sides are in talks. It isn’t recognized if this might be half of a bigger multi-player swap, or if Machado could be the first participant concerned.
It’s fairly potential it might be a cash-considerations kind of minor transfer, as Machado hasn’t performed within the massive leagues since 2018. The Giants are additionally specifically want of shortstop assist, as accidents have drastically thinned out their shortstop depth chart at each the Main and minor league ranges. Brandon Crawford is on the 10-day injured checklist recovering from a knee damage, whereas Thairo Estrada was hit within the head by a pitch yesterday and is anticipated to be positioned on the seven-day concussion IL.
After showing in 172 video games with the Tigers from 2015-18, Machado has since performed with the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in each 2019 and 2022, with two seasons with the KBO League’s Lotte Giants sandwiched in between. Over these 4 years, Machado posted some strong averages and developed a knack for getting on base, even when his energy was sporadic at finest (although he did hit 17 house runs through the homer-happy 2019 Triple-A season).
This 12 months at Triple-A Iowa, Machado has hit .312/.402/.394 with two homers and 10 steals (in 13 probabilities) over 391 plate appearances. Whereas Machado has performed as a shortstop for the overwhelming majority of his professional profession, the 30-year-old has additionally seen some motion at second and third base, making him a superb match for the Giants’ most well-liked mannequin of versatile gamers.