Okay, it’s not the deadline splash you were hoping for, but given Farhan Zaidi’s track record, even the smallest move is worth mentioning.
The San Francisco Giants reportedly added some pitching depth on Thursday, inking a minor-league deal with 27-year-old Jake Dahlberg. Dalberg had been pitching for the independent Chicago Dogs for the past three seasons.
Before moving over to independent ball in 2019, Dahlberg was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 21st round in 2017. Despite decent numbers at low A ball (3.12 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) Dahlberg lasted just two seasons in the Cardinals’ system, electing to head back to Chicago where he was a standout at UIC, and join the Dogs.
Dahlberg was an inconsistent performer in his first two seasons with the Dogs, but has thrown very well this season, posting a 3.05 ERA in 15 appearances (nine starts) with an incredible 0.98 WHIP.