Giants Trading Steven Duggar to Rangers for Veteran Outfielder

The San Francisco Giants have traded away CF Steven Duggar to the Texas Rangers for OF Willie Calhoun.
The San Francisco Giants have traded away CF Steven Duggar to the Texas Rangers for OF Willie Calhoun. / John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants are desperately trying to catch the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race. To give the roster some extra motivation, the Giants pulled off a deal with the Texas Rangers on Thursday to shake up the outfield.

San Francisco sent centerfielder Steven Duggar packing to the Rangers in exchange for veteran outfielder Willie Calhoun. The 27-year-old left-handed bat demanded a trade after Texas sent him to Triple-A in May and was outrighted just two weeks ago.

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From the Giants' perspective, they're hoping that they can rehab Calhoun, getting him back to the player he once was. He showed promise when he hit 21 home runs during the 2019 season and time will tell if he can get back there.

It's going to be an upward battle though. The 27-year-old was dreadful to start the 2022 campaign, batting .136 with a home run and two RBIs over 18 games. Fortunately, he slowly began turning things around with Triple-A Round Rock either, slashing .217/.264/.410 with five HRs and 20 RBIs in 21 games.

As for the Rangers, they're excited to see what Duggar brings to the table after being activated from the injured list on Thursday. He's only played 12 games this year due to COVID-19 and an oblique strain, but could also use a change in scenery after putting up just four RBIs and a .194 batting average in 36 at-bats.

Both teams have long roads ahead of them when it comes to Calhoun and Duggar bouncing back. Only time will tell if the move will benefit all parties involved or will simply be a wash by the time the season ends.

Giants World Series Odds

If Calhoun rebounds, he could be a key part of a potential Giants championship run. San Francisco currently holds +3000 odds to win the 2022 World Series, ranking 12th-best on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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