Giants risk big on former Yu Darvish trade major

Remember when the Rangers sold Yu Darvish to the Dodgers? They officially gave up Willie Calhoun by selling him to the Giants. Calhoun was the heart of the Darvish trade.

Calhoun never really got going in Texas, so a change of scenery is in order. For the former Dodgers prospect-turned-Rangers flop, San Francisco is exactly the kind of team he needed to join — an organization known for career transitions.

Calhoun has already agreed an assignment to triple-A with the Rangers, so he’s not a 40-man acquisition for San Francisco. That’s actually perfect for Gabe Kapler and company, considering there’s no place for him on the Giants roster.

Instead, Calhoun will report to Sacramento and play triple-A ball in hopes of reversing his career. The Giants organization does that pretty well.

Rangers will trade Wille Calhoun for Giants

The other end of this trade that sends Steven Duggar to Texas is a bit odd, looking from the outside in. He’s a left-hander who beats outfielders on a team that has a lot of them. Outside of a train/bench position, there’s not much room for him in Arlington.

San Francisco and Farhan Zaidi take the far more intriguing route with Calhoun. Zaidi is a former team leader with the Dodgers, where Calhoun was a valued candidate. He’s a player Zaidi is familiar with.

We’ll see if San Francisco can revive some of those talents that have made Calhoun a key player in the United States Trade with Yu Darvish first of all. Giants risk big on former Yu Darvish trade major

John Verrall

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