ATLANTA — Thursday was decision day for the Giants with Steven Duggar, whose rehab assignment reached its 20-day limit, and they reportedly chose to trade the homegrown outfielder to the Texas Rangers.
The Giants dealt Duggar for fellow left-handed-hitting outfielder Willie Calhoun in a swap with the Texas Rangers that also brought back cash considerations, the club announced Thursday, after it was first reported by Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.
In 14 games at Triple-A Sacramento, Duggar was batting .204/.264/.286 with a home run and a double. He hadn’t appeared in a game with the Giants since he strained his oblique in an at-bat against the Mets on April 21.
Although he played a significant role on the team that won 107 games last season, his spot on the roster was usurped by Luis González, a late-season waiver claim last year who has impressed at the plate.
In Duggar, the Giants lose their best defensive outfielder and their best base runner. Duggar had four stolen bases in 12 games, which still ranks third on the team (Thairo Estrada: 10; González: 7) despite not playing for the past two months.
González doesn’t quite offer the same baserunning and defensive capabilities as Duggar but he is an MLB-average runner and can play all three outfield spots and has proven to be an upgrade at the plate.
Calhoun, who was designated for assignment and passed through waivers unclaimed earlier this month, is limited to left field. Once the centerpiece of the trade that sent Yu Darvish to the Dodgers, Calhoun requested a trade when he was optioned to Triple-A earlier this month.
The Giants drafted Duggar in the sixth round of the 2015 draft and he made his MLB debut in 2018, making him one of the longest-tenured players in the organization.
In return, they get a player who can claim local ties: Calhoun, 27, is a graduate of Benicia High School who grew up rooting for Barry Bonds.
Calhoun had his best showing in the majors as a 24-year-old in 2019, when he batted .269/.323/.524 with 21 home runs in 309 at-bats. But he has struggled to regain that form since, appearing in 18 games this season with only six hits in 44 at-bats (a .136 average).
Calhoun has one option year remaining but it won’t be required to send him to Triple-A. After passing through waivers earlier this month, he won’t take up a spot on the 40-man roster and can be outrighted to Sacramento.