The San Francisco Giants continue to use their cash to jump the line in the waiver priority, as they made two more trades on Saturday for recently DFA’d players.
The Giants made a trade for infielder Mike Ford, 29, from the Seattle Mariners organization early on Saturday. And after the Giants won Saturday’s game, they traded for Isan Diaz, 25, from the Miami Marlins for a player to be named later or cash. The Diaz trade was the first the Giants had made that might involve sending away a player.
Since April 21st, the Giants have traded for four different players who had been designated for assignment, with pitcher Cory Abbott coming from the Cubs and infielder Kevin Padlo coming for the Mariners. They also had acquired pitcher Darien Nuñéz off of waivers from the Dodgers, but released him a day later.
This season, in Triple-A Tacoma, Ford was hitting .317/.404/.488 over 11 games with two home runs and a double, and five walks to four strikeouts. He has three years of MLB experience with the New York Yankees, from 2019-2021, where he hit .199/.301/.422 over 101 games. Ford came into baseball as an undrafted free agent signed by the Yankees in 2013. In June of 2021, he was DFA’d and traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, who later DFA’d him and the Washington Nationals picked him up. Ford then signed with the Seattle Mariners as a minor league free agent before the 2022 season.
Diaz started this season on the IL, and only recently got going, with two games at Low-A Jupiter and then two games at Triple-A Jacksonville, and he has yet to get a hit this season. In 2021, he had a .243/.328/.485 batting line in Triple-A, but over just 29 games. His last fully healthy season, 2019, he had a .305/.395/.578 batting line in Triple-A New Orleans, with 26 home runs over 102 games. Diaz was originally drafted in 2014 by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second Competitive Balance round, #70 overall. In 2016, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers as part of the package return for Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner. The Brewers then traded him to the Marlins in 2018 as part of the package for Christian Yelich.