The SF Giants have been busy on the transaction wire recently and they made a few more moves on Monday involving a pair of relievers. The organization’s Twitter account announced that relievers Sam Selman and Trevor Gott had been added to the 26-man roster. Both Chadwick Tromp and Steven Duggar were optioned to make room for the relievers.
Given that Selman was already on the 40-man roster, his promotion is not that surprising as the Giants look to rework the bullpen with Jake McGee on the COVID-related injured list. However, the promotion for Gott is a bit more surprising, since his promotion would seem to require a corresponding cut from the 40-man. However, with McGee and Logan Webb on the COVID-related IL, the team was not forced to make space on the roster.
The SF Giants added Sam Selman and Trevor Gott to the roster.
The Giants designated Gott for assignment as spring training got underway, but he went unclaimed and remained with the organization. Two months later, San Francisco has at least temporarily added the right-handed hurler back to the 40-man roster. If Gott is optioned when McGee (or Webb) are activated from the COVID-IL, he can be removed without being exposed to waivers.
Gott originally came over to the Giants in February of 2019 and he had a nice first season with the club as he posted a 4.44 ERA across 52.2 frames. However, his 2020 season fell off of the rails quickly and he never recovered. He allowed 13 earned runs on 13 hits, including seven home runs, with eight walks and eight strikeouts in 11.2 frames. The Giants kept him on the roster for the entire offseason but removed him from when they signed starter Aaron Sanchez to a major league deal.
On the other hand, Selman returns to the Giants bullpen to give them one more left-handed option. In two seasons, the 30-year-old has registered a 3.96 ERA, 4.65 FIP, and an even 10.0 K/9 across 29.2 innings. Selman is able to rack up the strikeout totals due to a high-spin fastball and a quality slider.
Lastly, Duggar and Tromp return to the alternate training site after short stints on the 26-man roster. Duggar collected three hitless plate appearances, whereas Tromp was brought up for insurance in case catcher Buster Posey was unable to play after getting hit on the elbow.
With Logan Webb set to return for tomorrow’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, at least one more roster move is upcoming. Young righty Camilo Doval has pitched on back-to-back days and could be set to be optioned back to the alternate site. However, Gott could just as easily be heading back to the SF Giants alternate site.