Giants DFA Former All-Star to Clear Roster Spot

Tyler Maher
The San Francisco Giants have DFA'ed a former All-Star.
The San Francisco Giants have DFA'ed a former All-Star. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The San Francisco Giants made a couple of big moves this week, signing Michael Conforto and Taylor Rogers in free agency. While both are exciting additions, the Giants had to clear some roster spots to make room for them.

In Rogers' case, the team opted to designated a former All-Star for assignment.

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San Francisco DFA'ed infielder Tommy La Stella, who'd been with the team since 2021. A 2019 All-Star with the Los Angeles Angels, La Stella saw his performance drop off with the Giants, slashing .245/.297/.380 in 136 games for San Francisco over the past two seasons combined. His .239 batting average and .282 on-base percentage in 2022 were both career lows.

While La Stella brings versatility to the table with his ability to play multiple infield positions, his declining bat is a worrisome trend as he enters his mid-30s. He could still have some value for another organization, especially if his bat bounces back, but the Giants are looking to re-tool their roster coming off a disappointing 81-81 finish in 2022.

La Stella has already moved around a fair amount in his career, suiting up for five different teams in his nine seasons so far. It looks like he'll need to find a sixth if he wants to keep playing in the MLB.

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