Giants release Scooter Gennett
After acquiring him at the trade deadline from the Cincinnati Reds, second baseman Scooter Gennett has been released by the San Francisco Giants, according to Dalton Johnson of NBC Sports. Gennett, who has around $1.8 million left on his $9.75 2019 salary, will most likely pass through waivers on his way to becoming a free agent, marking an end to his short and rocky stay as a member of the Giants.
Plagued by injuries that kept him out of a good chunk of the beginning of the year, Gennett capitalized on a very successful stint with the Reds and turned that into a new, fat contract, which he will not see the remainder of the money from, barring a surprising claim of the former Giant. Having lost playing time to Donovan Solano in the Bay, Gennett’s claim to fame of being an above-average offensive player was not living up to its billing, resulting in his release.
In the wake of Gennett’s release, the Giants called up prospect Mauricio Dubon, who was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers at this year’s trade deadline for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black. Dubon, who was in the top five of the Brewers’ farm system, now comes up for his first professional action as a member of the Giants with a lot of playing time afforded to him, giving him a great opportunity to showcase his talents.
For Gennett, his release means that he now has the ability to latch onto a contending team as September draws closer and closer, and with the rosters opening up to 40-man capabilities, he should be able to find a team willing to take a shot on him, looking to get some of that offensive production that made him a household name in the league. Limited defensively to only playing second base, teams like the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and even a reunion with the Brewers is not out of the question, with the recent injury to Mike Moustakas.
A serious groin injury landed Gennett on the injury list this season, forcing him to miss three months of playing time, and he was never able to regain solid footing on the field or at the plate. The left-handed slugger has a career average of .286, having hit 87 home runs and driven in 360 runs across his almost seven-year career.