In their ongoing search for offense, the San Francisco Giants gave two struggling sluggers a chance to revive their careers. They added both Tyler Colvin and Dan Uggla in what might be termed “buy low” scenarios in the hope that they could catch a spark and boost their offense for little cost.
Both of those plans failed spectacularly, in addition to anything else the Giants have done in efforts to improve their offensive output. So it is that the team released both Colvin and Uggla on Wednesday night.
Clearing roster room for what could be multiple player moves before Thursday’s Trade Deadline, the Giants released second baseman Dan Uggla and outfielder Tyler Colvin after Wednesday’s 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Giants did not officially announce cutting ties with Uggla, the three-time All-Star, or Colvin, who was signed to a Minor League contract during Spring Training. But multiple sources confirmed that the transactions were engineered.
The moves may or may not be the first part of a series of transactions that includes a trade, as the Giants have long been known to be in pursuit of help at the second base position and could make a deal before Thursday’s deadline.
Uggla totaled 11 at-bats with San Francisco. In those appearances he recorded exactly zero hits and struck out six times. At that point the Giants had seen enough. As for Colvin, he had been on the roster since opening day. In 56 games he batted .225/.270/.384 with two home runs and 18 RBI.
The Giants have moved on from these low-risk fliers, possibly to more proven players yet to be acquired this week.