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By Jeremy Harness
The Giants won on the field on Wednesday, a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, one of the teams they are chasing for the second wild-card spot in the National League. In the meantime, they were quite busy off the field.
The Giants made a series of deals at Wednesday’s trade deadline that meant the departure of a few pitchers, one of which commanded a fairly-hefty price tag, particularly for the return they were getting.
Reliever Mark Melancon, who was brought in to be the Giants’ closer when they signed him in 2017, waived his no-trade clause and was dealt to the Atlanta Braves for pair of righties, minor leaguer Tristan beck and veteran Dan Winkler.
What’s even better for the Giants is that the Braves are taking on the entire $14 million Melancon is set to make this season as well as the $14 million he is due next year, which is the final year of a contract that was, at the time, considered to be the highest annual value for a relief pitcher in history.
The Giants also said goodbye to another right-handed reliever, as Sam Dyson was traded to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for three minor-league prospects – two righties and an outfielder – minutes before the deadline expired.
In a related note, the Twins also added former Giants closer Sergio Romo, getting him from the Miami Marlins on Saturday.
The Giants appear to have gotten some value in trading struggling starter Drew Pomeranz and righty reliever Ray Black to Milwaukee, as they got infielder Mauricio Dubon, a middle infielder who is considered to be one of the Brewers’ top prospects.
They did bolster their middle infield by acquiring second baseman Scooter Gennett, who was a National League All-Star last season but has missed almost all of 2019 with a groin injury. With the move, the future of second baseman Joe Panik, who has struggled with a .231 batting average, appears to be uncertain.
The two most talked-about trade prospects, lefty Madison Bumgarner and lefty closer Will Smith, are staying in San Francisco for the remainder of the season. Smith is currently on a one-year deal that is paying him $4.225 million while Bumgarner is in the final year of his contract, and he is due $12 million.