Rangers trade outfielders, Calhoun to Giants for Duggar

Rangers trade outfielders, Calhoun to Giants for Duggar

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Willie Calhoun, who was the key return for the Texas Rangers when they traded All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish five years ago.

Calhoun was traded by Texas to the Giants on Thursday for Steven Duggar in a trade of outfielders who pitch both left-handed and right-handed.

It will be a homecoming for Calhoun, who requested a trade a few days after being sent to the minors by the Rangers on May 1. The 27-year-old was born in the East Bay city of Vallejo, California, and attended Benicia. Secondary school.

“We wish Willie the best in his chance at San Francisco,” said Rangers president Jon Daniels. “It’s a fresh start for him, besides being close to home.”

San Francisco will also receive cash in the deal.

Calhoun has spent all more than five years of his Major League career with the Rangers, playing 253 games and hitting a total of .241. He averaged .136 this year with a homer and two RBI’s over 18 big league-games. Just over a month after making his choice for Triple-A, he was reassigned and made waivers before being assigned straight to Round Rock, where he hit .217 with five home runs in 22 games.

Righthanded Spencer Patton was named by Texas to make way on their 40-man roster for Duggar, but the Giants didn’t add Calhoun to their 40-man roster. Duggar, 28, was activated off the 60-day injured list and the Rangers will have to take another step to add him to their 26-man roster when he joins the team.

The Rangers got Calhoun, pitcher AJ Alexy and infielder Brendon Davis when they traded Darvish, then a four-time All-Star for Texas, for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deadline deal on July 31, 2017.

Calhoun made his big league-debut in September, hitting .265 with one homer and four RBI’s in 13 games, and the following year, he hit .222 in 35 games. His best season with the Rangers was in 2019, when he hit .269 with 21 homeruns and 48 RBI’s in 83 games.

But he suffered a fractured jaw during 2020 spring training when he was hit by a pitch and played just 29 games in the season that was delayed and cut short by the pandemic. His 2021 season ended in June when he was hit by a pitch that broke his left forearm.

Duggar hit .194 this year with four RBI’s in 12 games for the Giants before being placed on the injured list on April 22 due to a left oblique strain.

Daniels described Duggar as “a strong all-round baseball player who can add value to the team in many ways.” His skills are comparable to speedy outfielder Eli White, who is on the 60-day IL with a right wrist fracture from an outfield collision on June 12.

White and Duggar were teammates with Clemson for two seasons before the Giants took Duggar into the sixth round of the 2015 amateur draw.

Duggar has played in every season in the big league for San Francisco since his debut in 2017. He hit .242 with 14 homeruns, 87 RBI’s and 18 stolen bases in his 254 MLB games. He has started in all three outfield positions, mainly in the center.

AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley contributed to this report from San Francisco.

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