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Giants trade Steven Duggar to Rangers for veteran outfielder

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It appears Steven Duggar’s tenure with the San Francisco Giants is over.

Giants are sending Duggar — who just concluded a rehab assignment — to the Texas Rangers for Willie Calhoun, the team announced on Thursday. Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic was the first to report the news.

Duggar was the Giants’ 6th-round pick in the 2015 Draft out of Clemson and had some promising moments with the club as an athletic, rangy outfielder, but also had some injury struggles. He’s hitting .194 at the plate this season in 39 at-bats.

Calhoun is an intriguing prospect. At age 27, in his sixth season, the former Rangers outfielder has had some up-and-down seasons and has never played more than 83 games. Both he and Duggar are left-sided outfielders.

His best season, though, in 2019, was impressive. He batted .269 with 21 home runs and 48 RBI over those 83 games.

But he’s struggled to recover that form, batting .136 in 53 plate appearances this season. That said, with about a 100 more plate appearances over his career, Calhoun has hit 32 home runs compared to Duggar’s 14 with a 30-point higher slugging percentage (.407 to .377).

It will be something of a homecoming for the Vallejo, CA native who comes to an organization that loves to swing on forgotten upside.

 

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