The Giants hope they have not seen the last of Trevor Gott.
After designating the righty reliever for assignment Sunday, Farhan Zaidi hinted there is hope Gott can pass through waivers and then be retained.
“There’s been a lot of activity in the reliever market here lately,” said the club’s president of baseball operations, as the Giants officially welcomed Aaron Sanchez to the roster. “So we’ll see what happens. But if we’re able to keep Trevor in the organization, we have some things that we’re hoping we can work with him on to kind of get him back on track.”
Gott was the victim of the roster crunch for a few reasons. Righty relief has become a deep spot for the club, who added Matt Wisler, John Brebbia (on the 60-day IL) and Rule 5 pick Dedniel Nunez to the mix. Plus, there are non-rostered righties in camp who could see time this season including Silvino Bracho, Tyler Cyr, Dominic Leone, Jay Jackson and James Sherfy.
Gott is out of options, which made him more vulnerable, and then there was his 2020 performance. He began last season as the Giants’ de facto closer and allowed just one run in his first six appearances. A three-game span from Aug. 14-17 included 11 runs allowed from Gott, who watched three Giants wins become losses. He lost his role and didn’t pitch high-pressure innings the rest of the way.
Zaidi pointed to the 28-year-old’s first half of his first year with the club, when he posted a 3.00 ERA in his first 24 innings through April and May of 2019.
“He did a tremendous job for us,” Zaidi said of that span, “and we feel like there’s still a chance to get him back to that level.”
The Giants could have placed Tyler Beede on the 60-day injured list and not risked exposing Gott to waivers, but Zaidi did not want to block two months of his season off if Beede can come back sooner.
They also could have moved outfield prospect Alexander Canario to the 60-day IL, but Zaidi said that would have been a “significant” move for a player without service time. Players on the IL accrue service time on the injured list.