In the span of nearly two hours, we’ve had a pair of major deals take place. It seems that we can now add a third deal, to that list.
Earlier this afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired starting pitcher Rich Hill from the Oakland A’s (Link). It appears that the Dodgers’ division rivals, San Francisco Giants, took notice of that deal, as they’ve answered back — in a big way. The Giants have reportedly strengthened their bullpen, by agreeing to a deal to acquire Will Smith.
In West Philadelphia born and raised….
Oh, wrong guy? Woops. Yeah, so, I’m not referring to the Philadelphia born actor. Instead, I’m talking about the Milwaukee Brewers reliever. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports! was the first with the news (via Twitter).
In exchange for Smith, the Giants will send top prospect Phil Bickford, and backup catcher Andrew Susac to the Brewers. That’s a pretty significant return for a reliever, although the market seems to dictate that level of compensation this year (see: Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller deals).
Smith, 27, has been solid this season. Despite his 1-3 record, he’s sporting a 3.68 ERA in 22 innings of work. Smith missed a large portion of the season, after tearing a knee ligament while removing one of his shoes in the locker room. Yes, that’s actually how it happened.
Bickford, 21, is an interesting prospect. The Giants believe that he has the stuff to be a piece in a team’s rotation, although scouts believe that he’s better suited for the bullpen. Nonetheless, he’s got excellent stuff. In two minor league seasons, Bickford is 5-7 with a 2.58 ERA in 115.1 innings of work. The main problem with Bickford is his tendency to overthrow the ball, at times.
Susac, 26, gives the Brewers some much-needed depth at catcher, especially if Jonathan Lucroy is moved. In 87 career games with the Giants, Susac owns a .240/.309/.407 batting line with six home runs and 33 RBIs. The 26-year-old has spent the 2016 season with Triple-A Sacramento, hitting .277/.347/.455 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 61 games.