The San Francisco Giants have traded former starting pitcher Chris Heston to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later. With the signing of closer Mark Melancon, the Giants needed to make room on the 40 man roster.
Sources have told Joel Sherman that the trade has been agreed to, but the teams will finalize officially in the next few days. The San Francisco Giants would have had to designate Chris Heston for assignment today if a trade had not been agreed to, according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area.
Heston won 12 games as a rookie in 2015 which included a June 9th no hitter against the eventual National League Pennant winning New York Mets. It was the 17th no hitter in San Fransisco Giants history. Heston struggled in the second half of that season, however and spent the majority of 2016 on the disabled list.
As the Giants head into 2017, there was a question of who might win the fifth starter job, with Heston being one of the men considered to have a shot. However, the team decided today that there other options.
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With the additions of Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore, room in the starting rotation has become tighter and tighter. Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain are both under contract as well. When you add the late season emergence of Albert Suarez and Ty Blach along with the team’s belief that former first round pick Tyler Beede may challenge for the fifth starter spot as well, there was simply no room for Heston.
Seattle recently traded Taijuan Walker to the Arizona Diamondbacks, so the team was in need of starting pitching.
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