Giants Acquire Dixon Machado From Cubs

3:15 p.m.: The Giants announced the trade to reporters, including NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic, with minor league right-hander Raynel Espinal the other way. The 30-year-old made his MLB debut last year, recording just two innings for the Red Sox. The Giants signed him to a minor league contract for this year, with Espinal working as a Triple-A starter. In 19 games, he pitched 81 1/3 innings with a 5.29 ERA. He has an impressive strikeout rate of 27.6% for the year, but below-average walk and ground ball rates of 10.3% and 39%.

As expected, Thairo Estrada was placed on concussion IL to make room for Machado on the active roster, MLB.com’s Maria I. Guardado was one of those to relay. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Tobias Myers was singled out for assignment. Myers started the season with the Guardians but went to the Giants in a trade earlier this month. Between the two clubs, he has thrown 63 innings in Triple-A this year with a 6.14 ERA.

2:42 p.m.: The Giants have officially acquired Machado, Morosi reports. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers adds the interesting detail that Machado asked for a trade, presumably in an effort to land on a team that could get him some major league playing time.

2:09 p.m.: Giants looking to acquire infielder Dixon Machado of the Cubs, like Jon Morosi of MLB Network (Twitter link) reports that the two sides are in talks. It’s unclear if this could be part of a larger multiplayer exchange, or if Machado would be the main player involved.

It’s entirely possible this is a minor cash consideration-type move, as Machado hasn’t played in the major leagues since 2018. The Giants are also in particular need of help with saves- shorts, as injuries significantly reduced their shortstop depth chart. at the major and minor league levels. Brandon Crawford is on the 10-day injured list recovering from a knee injury, while Thairo Estrada was hit in the head by a pitch yesterday and is expected to be placed on the seven-day IL concussion.

After appearing in 172 games with the Tigers from 2015-2018, Machado has since played with the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in 2019 and 2022, with two seasons with the KBO League’s Lotte Giants sandwiched between the two. Over those four years, Machado posted solid averages and developed a knack for getting on base, though his power was sporadic at best (though he did hit 17 homers during the Triple-A season. happy 2019).

This year at Triple-A Iowa, Machado hit .312/.402/.394 with two homers and 10 interceptions (on 13 occasions) in 391 plate appearances. While Machado has played as a shortstop for the vast majority of his professional career, the 30-year-old has also seen action at second and third bases, making him a good fit for the preferred all-rounder role model. of the Giants.

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