SF Giants outright 2 veteran players to Sacramento

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The SF Giants had a busy week with roster moves. Included in the flurry of moves, both Luis González and Johan Camargo were placed on waivers, cleared, and were sent outright to the Sacramento River Cats according to the team's transaction log.

SF Giants outright 2 veteran players to Sacramento

González was placed on waivers earlier this week to make room for Kyle Harrison's debut against the Phillies. He quickly cleared and returned to Triple-A. On the other hand, Camargo was designated for assignment when the Giants signed veteran shortstop Paul DeJong to a major league deal earlier this week.

Of the two players, Camargo briefly appeared for the Giants. He was added to a minor league deal earlier this month and was promoted to the active roster shortly thereafter. The Giants have been desperate in trying to find offense from the shortstop position.

Giants shortstops have struggled to the tune of a .572 OPS in 2023. Brandon Crawford has battled injuries this season and Casey Schmitt has struggled to adjust to major league pitching. That part of the lineup has been extremely weak and they hoped that Camargo could at least be a marginal improvement.

The switch-hitter recorded just four hits, all singles, in 18 at-bats with the Giants before being placed on waivers. Camargo did make five appearances at shortstop and was sure-handed, but his range is limited.

On the other hand, Luis González had not appeared with the Giants at all. He underwent back surgery at the beginning of the season which kept him on the shelf for the first half of the year. The good news is that he is healthy and able to play again.

The bat has yet to come around as he is slashing just .231/.344/.308 with nearly as many walks (eight) as strikeouts (11) in 61 plate appearances with Sacramento. Nevertheless, the Giants saw plenty of him last year as he posted a .683 OPS in 350 plate appearances.

The 27-year-old does have a good idea of the strike zone and sees a lot of pitches, but he does not hit for a lot of power. The last detail is important as his defense likely limits him to either corner outfield position, which is typically associated with power.

The Giants appear to be loading up on left-handed bats with Sacramento. It would not be a surprise if one or two of them, including González, make their way to Oracle Park before the season ends.