Farhan Zaidi got the scent of potential, and the Giants have made another move.
San Francisco announced it acquired fringe outfielder Alex Dickerson from the Padres on Monday in exchange for Single-A righty reliever Franklin Van Gurp.
Dickerson, who has been assigned to Triple-A Sacramento, had been designated for assignment last week after the 29-year-old struggled to make an impact in the majors.
Originally a third-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2011, he’ll be a flier who broke through in 2016, when he slashed .382/.425/.622 in 62 Triple-A El Paso games and held his own upon his promotion (.257/.333/.455) in 84 games with the Padres.
But injuries struck, first a bulging disc in 2017 that eventually led to back surgery. The next season he tore his UCL and underwent Tommy John surgery that shelved him until this season. He had not been the same with San Diego this season, hitting .158 in 12 games, but .372 in 26 Triple-A games.
Van Gurp, a 23-year-old, 25th-round pick in 2017, had a 3.77 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings with Single-A Augusta.