Report: SF Giants trade a pair of players in move with the Mariners

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The SF Giants have traded 33-year-old catcher Curt Casali (who is currently on the injured list with a right oblique strain) to the Seattle Mariners. In return, the Giants will receive pitcher Michael Stryffeler, per Robert Murray of FanSided. The Mariner's official announcement via Twitter also states the Giants will also acquire catcher Andy Thomas.

Report: SF Giants trade a pair of players in move with the Mariners

Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that 31-year-old Matthew Boyd, who was signed in the offseason but never pitched for the Giants because he was rehabbing a flexon tendon injury will also be moved to Seattle.

Stryffeler, 26, was an undrafted free agent out of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. He has 151 strikeouts, and a 2.13 ERA in 93 career minor league innings. He began his professional career with the West Virginia Power of the Atlantic League in 2019. In 2021 Stryffeler was assigned by the Mariners to the Modesto Nuts. A few short months later, after struggling in that A-level organization, he was assigned to the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League. His career strikeouts-per-nine is 14.61 and has allowed eight of his 24 inherited runners to score (33%).

Thomas, 24, was a fifth-round pick (144 overall) in the 2021 draft out of Baylor. In 87 career professional games, most recently with the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League, where he was recently named NWL Player of the Week. Thomas has 10 home runs, 41 runs batted in, and a .260 average. His OBP, SLG, and OPS respectively are .393, .419, and .812. In almost 500 innings caught, Thomas has thrown out 25 of a possible 92 stolen base opportunities (27%).

Casali, who was in his second season with the Giants, was due to become a free agent at the season's end (along with Boyd). Keeping with that theme, to the surprise of many, the Giants did not trade outfielder Joc Pederson or left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodón. Both will likely be free agents after the season, assuming Rodón does not actually opt-in to his contract.

Now that the trade deadline has passed, in the words of Rodón, "Let’s try to frickin’ win."