As spring training ended in Scottsdale, Farhan Zaidi said one of his top priorities in the regular season was to acquire an additional shortstop to create depth behind Brandon Crawford.
It took a little longer than expected, but Zaidi finally got his husband when the Giants announced on Saturday that they had taken infielder Thairo Estrada into a deal with the New York Yankees.
Estrada, which was earmarked for use when the Yankees traded against Rougned Odor, was selected as an option for the Giants’ Sacramento alternate location and will likely spend the month of April playing exhibition games against players at the Oakland alternate location A to play.
To clear a roster slot for Estrada, Giants outfielder Jaylin Davis called back and placed him on the 60-day list of injured with left knee patellar tendonitis. Davis dealt with the knee injury during spring training and was removed from the team’s list of alternate locations for further rehabilitation in Arizona.
After Davis was injured, the Giants added more depth of field last week by taking over former A-outfielder Skye Bolt on a waiver.
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The 25-year-old Estrada made cameos with the Yankees in 2019 and 2020 as he battled 0.250 as a rookie with an OPS of 0.732, before winning just 8 against 48 in 26 games last summer.
Estrada has mostly played second base in the majors with New York, but has eight experience games at Shortstop and more than 200 games at Shortstop in his minor league career.
The Giants opened the season with Mauricio Dubón, who plays mostly in midfield, as the team’s best backup behind Crawford, but San Francisco lacked depth in position at the upper levels of the minor leagues.
Arismendy Alcantara, who signed a minor league deal with the Giants this off-season and trains at the other location, can play shortstop, but Estrada will likely replace him as the preferred triple-A starter at the spot which starts the minor league season in May.