SF Giants outright Ryan McKenna and Jakson Reetz, lose veteran pitcher to free agency

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The SF Giants had three players in DFA limbo in Ryan McKenna, Jakson Reetz, and Drew Pomeranz. They gained clarity on all three on Friday as both McKenna and Reetz accepted minor league assignments, whereas Pomeranz elected free agency according to the team's transaction log.

SF Giants outright Ryan McKenna and Jakson Reetz, lose veteran pitcher to free agency

Pomeranz had one of the weirder Giants stints I can remember. The Giants signed him to a major league deal at the end of May after not pitching in the majors in the prior two seasons due to injury.

He was on the active roster for three games before being placed on waivers without throwing a pitch for San Francisco. Perhaps, the Trevor Rosenthal signing was on the same level in terms of being weird but Rosenthal was on the injured list at the time of his signing. The Giants still need a lefty reliever even if that reliever is not Pomeranz.

On the other hand, Reetz returns to Sacramento. The Giants ran out of catching depth in May with Patrick Bailey on the injured list. Reetz got the call. The right-handed bat had registered an .242/.392/.484 line with two home runs and 13 RBI in 80 plate appearances with Sacramento.

Reetz can catch, but he sees time at first base and in the outfield due to the fact that he is not good enough behind the plate to be a full-time catcher. In his brief stint with San Francisco, he blasted the first home run of his career. Reetz was originally a third-round pick by the Washington Nationals in 2014, so he played a lot of minor league games before getting that first home run.

Lastly, Ryan McKenna came over to the Giants as a waiver claim from the Baltimore Orioles. The speedy outfielder tallied three hits, including two home runs, in eight at-bats with Baltimore this year before being placed on waivers. Overall, he had a .634 OPS in parts of four seasons with the Orioles.

McKenna did not record a hit in six at-bats with the Giants but he did swipe a bag. The 27-year-old was out of options and the Giants have enough coverage in the outfield, so it was always going to be a short-term fit. He will go down to Sacramento and serve as outfield depth.