SF Giants and Oakland A's complete second trade in a week
Move over Adam Pettyjohn, Burch Smith, Skye Bolt, and Cal Stevenson. If you do not recognize some of those names, that is okay. In the last 25 years, Long is just the fifth trade to be completed between the local rivals.
However, you have to go back to 1990 when the Giants and A's made a player-for-player trade. Veteran outfielder Darren Lewis was sent to San Franciso in exchange for Ernie Riles and prospect Pedro Pena.
Since then, it has been a trade of minor leaguers in the case of Pettyjohn or an exchange of players on the waiver wire in the case of everyone else. Long was designated for assignment last week when the Giants acquired Stevenson. However, this does not qualify as an official player-for-player trade even if it is a roundabout exchange of players.
The Giants originally signed Long to a minor league deal prior to the 2021 season. He impressed very quickly and was added to the 40-man roster midway through that season. He shuttled between San Francisco and Sacramento over the next two seasons, posting a 4.55 ERA, 4.66 FIP, 1.26 WHIP, 7.7 K/9, and a 2.45 SO/W ratio with the Giants.
With the additions of Sean Manaea and Ross Stripling along with Keaton Winn and Tristan Beck being added to the 40-man roster this past winter, it was evident that Long had fallen down the depth chart. It did not help that the 27-year-old tallied a 9.90 ERA with seven strikeouts against five walks across 10 Triple-A innings to begin the year. His hold on a roster spot was tenuous at best.
With that being said, the lefty pitcher is joining an A's organization that will likely give him a longer look. Oakland has struggled badly with a 5-18 record after stripping the major league roster of any type of impact talent. The pitching staff has produced a 7.98 ERA so far this year, so there is a good chance that Long can him them out.