Well, that was fast. A little less than three weeks after the Giants traded for Diamondbacks reliever Jake Barrett, they’ve designated him for assignment after claiming utility infielder Hanser Alberto off waivers from the Orioles.
It’s worth noting:
This is who the Orioles designated for assignment to make room for Josh Osich. This is some real LIttlefinger and Varys shit. https://t.co/wM6WH8ha1c— Grant Brisbee (@GrantBrisbee) February 22, 2019
Also worth noting: every time the Giants make a transaction that involves the bullpen right now, it forces Doug to rewrite his bullpen piece for the 2019 season preview. This past week has been some slow drip torture for him. Please do not find personal pleasure in his misery.
In the meantime, the Giants added a talented 26 year old position player — no, not that one — to the 40-man roster and have set themselves up nicely in terms of actual roster depth.
The current infield situation looks like this:
Starters: Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Evan Longoria, Joe Panik
Backups: Alen Hanson, Pablo Sandoval, Breyvic Valera, Abiatal Avelino, and Ryder Jones.
Backup backups: Buster Posey, Austin Slater
Last September, it was something like Evan Longoria, Alen Hanson, Chase d’Arnaud, a hamper of socks, and Aramis Garcia after the starters went down. The Giants simply didn’t have much “second-level” depth, and traditionally, when they’ve added these fringe pieces, they’ve been established major league veterans.