Just because the Giants are rebuilding, it doesn’t mean they’re going to spend the season sitting on their hands and running out the clock with the incumbent roster.
Team president Farhan Zaidi has already made it clear he’s going to jump at any chance to improve the roster. He did it with the early trade for Kevin Pillar and he did it again this week when Tyler Austin was acquired from the Minnesota Twins.
Austin has some obvious shortcomings. He’s a below average defender wherever you put him in the field and he strikes out a ton.
However, he’s also 27 years old with five remaining years of team control and some legitimate raw power, especially when there’s a lefty on the mound.
There’s a very real chance he could carve out a regular role the rest of the season, perhaps even cementing his place as more of a long-term piece on the roster.
Expect the Giants to make these kinds of moves all season when players hit the waiver wire, especially on the position player side of things as they continue to look for ways to spark a sputtering offense.
There are going to be a lot of new faces in San Francisco this season. Just don’t get too attached to any of them too quickly. We hardly knew you, Connor Joe.