In their first major move of the trade deadline, the Giants have traded hard-throwing reliever Ray Black and former starter Drew Pomeranz to the Brewers for Mauricio Dubon.
San Francisco was able to acquire Dubon — ranked the No. 3 prospect in the Milwaukee system by MLB Pipeline, and No. 4 by Baseball America — without dealing any of their top trade chips in either Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith, or from their bullpen depth, for that matter. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi in effect turned a $1.5 million, one-year deal and a 29-year-old flame thrower who couldn’t pitch reliably at the major league level into a potential everyday second baseman.
Sending Black — who has a 6.04 ERA in 28 big league appearances — and Pomeranz — a one-year rental on a prove-it deal who was demoted from the starting rotation — to the Brewers in exchange for the 25-year-old right-handed hitter also created a 40-man roster space, to boot. That means San Francisco could potentially add Sam Selman — a pitcher with minor league options and a 1.15 ERA in 47 Triple-A innings this year — to the roster to take Pomeranz’s bullpen spot.
From Honduras by way of Sacramento, Dubon is an exceptionally versatile defender who can play second, short, left and center. He hits for average, steals bases and has a bit of power — a player who very much fits the mold of the type of player Zaidi coveted while the general manager for the Dodgers.
“He’s a guy with Bay Area roots, which is very attractive to us,” Zaidi said of Dubron, who went to Capital Christian High School in Sacramento. “He has the ability to play both spots in the middle infield— either short or second — he’s also played some outfield, and he’s athletic enough to do that. He might be that guy who could get 500 at-bats playing all over the infield and outfield. That’s part of his game that’s really valuable.”
Dubon leads all Pacific Coast League shortstops with 16 home runs, and is slashing .297/.333/.475 this season, with nine stolen bases in 15 attempts, playing for the Triple-A San Antonio Missions. It just so happens that the Missions happen to be hosting the Giants’ affiliate, Sacramento. He was about to drive to the ballpark in San Antonio before he was informed of the trade, and once he arrived, greeted his now-former teammates while wearing a Giants performance t-shirt.