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SF Giants Sign Kevin Gausman And Acquire Infielder Zack Cozart

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December 10, 2019

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The Giants added to their rotation Tuesday by signing veteran free-agent pitcher Kevin Gausman. Giants manager Gabe Kapler and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said they plan to use Gausman as a starter.

Zaidi said the Giants are still discussing deals with other rotation options, but for now Gausman joins a group that includes Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Tyler Beede, Logan Webb and Tyler Anderson, the lone left-hander of that collection.

Right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman signed a one-year, $9MM contract with up to $1MM in performance bonuses.

Gausman will end up with almost the same payday he’d have received had the Reds retained him for 2020.

The Cincinnati Reds, who claimed him off waivers from the Atlanta Braves in August. The soon-to-be 29-year-old Gausman pitched well over a limited sample of 22 1/3 innings, evidenced by a 4.03 ERA with tremendous strikeout and walk rates of 11.7 and 2.0, respectively.

The Giants have acquired infielder Zack Cozart and shortstop prospect Will Wilson from the Angels for cash considerations.

Cozart joined the LA Angels two seasons ago, when he signed a three-year, $38MM contract after a career campaign with the Reds.

Cozart, now 34-year-old only had 107 plate appearances in 2019, putting up horrid numbers .124/.178/.144 without a home run and missed the majority of the season with shoulder problems. Cozart’s season end in mid-July when he underwent an “arthroscopic debridement of his left shoulder.”

Wilson may be a case of the Giants essentially buying a prospect. The 21-year-old Wilson, formerly with North Carolina State, is just months removed from joining the Angels as the 15th pick in the 2019 draft. The Angels paid $3.4MM to lock up Wilson at the time, but they’ve now deemed him expendable in an effort to get Cozart’s money off the books.

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