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Should San Francisco Giants have given Scooter Gennett a longer look?

Nick San Miguel
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 18: Scooter Gennett #14 of the San Francisco Giants hits a RBI single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 18, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 18: Scooter Gennett #14 of the San Francisco Giants hits a RBI single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 18, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Among a series of roster moves on Tuesday, trade deadline addition Scooter Gennett was released by the San Francisco Giants.

When the Joe Panik era ended for the San Francisco Giants, Scooter Gennett was given the first chance to prove he could be the answer at second base.

Instead, he was released on Tuesday after a short-lived tenure with the team.

That move coincides with the promotion of prospect Mauricio Dubon who was also acquired at the trade deadline in a deal from the Milwaukee Brewers.

The move comes as a bit of a shock considering the acquisition of Gennett essentially forced out longtime fan favorite Panik, who has been hitting the ball well since he was acquired by the New York Mets.

Meanwhile, Gennett batted just .234/.254/.291 with two home runs, six RBI and 21 strikeouts in 67 plate appearances in his brief time with the Giants.

Was team president Farhan Zaidi wrong to give Gennett such a short leash?

If one examines all of the factors, probably not.

Given his pedestrian performance in a Giants uniform, along with how hot Donovan Solano has been and a budding talent in the form of Dubon, it was easy to view him as an odd-man-out.

In a best-case scenario, Gennett would have been the second coming of Marco Scutaro and hit the team into the postseason.

Unfortunately, not every trash heap pickup can turn into gold. It is an odd-numbered year after all. So Gennett was simply not worth keeping around.

Now the Giants have a chance to energize their lineup and build toward the future with Dubon.

The 25-year-old is hitting .302/.345/.477 with 26 doubles and 20 home runs in 123 games at the Triple-A level this season, and he currently ranks as the No. 8 prospect in the San Francisco Giants system, according to MLB.com.

In case he’s not all he’s cracked up to be, at least from the onset of his time in the majors, Solano has proven himself to be a more than capable option this year.

All-in-all, the Gennett trade was a worthwhile no-risk, potential-reward move that simply didn’t pan out. The hope was that he would regain the form he showed during an All-Star campaign in 2018, and that just didn’t happen.

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By outright releasing him now, the San Francisco Giants are giving him an opportunity to catch on with a contender before the Sept. 1 deadline for postseason roster eligibility. Expect Gennett to be scooped up by someone in the days to come.

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