Astros acquires Mauricio Dubon – MLB Trade Rumors

Astros acquires Mauricio Dubon – MLB Trade Rumors

Astros acquired a utility player Mauricio Dubon by the Giants in exchange for a catcher Mike Papierski, as announced by both clubs. In addition, the Giants have recalled the infielder Donovan Walton to replace Dubon on the active roster and assigned Papierski to Triple-A Sacramento.

Dubon, 27, was originally selected by the Red Sox in 2013, but went to the Brewers as part of 2016. Tyler Thornburg trade. He was promoted to the Grand Prix for a two-match cup of coffee before being sent to the Giants as part of the 2019 deadline he sent Drew Pomerans and Ray Black to the Brewers.

Since then, Dubon has proven to be a useful bench / useful piece for the club. In 179 career games, he achieved 0.258 / .301 / .395 while spending time in the second base, the third base, the shortstop and the central field. That strike line is 88 wRC +, about 12% below the league average, but his solid defense in many positions still allowed him to pick up 1.4 wins over his substitute for his career, according to FanGraphs .

These are important contributions for a part-time player, but it seems that Dubon may have just been sent off by a talented Giants roster. He and Thairo Estrada play similar roles in the club with right-handed auxiliary options. Tommy La Stella He started the season on the injured list after undergoing Achilles surgery in October, but is currently recovering and is close to returning. The club will need to make room for him and it seems that they either preferred Estrada or took an offer to Dubon who tilted the scales in favor of this route. Since Dubon is out of choice, sending it to minors would not be possible.

For the Astros, they have had disappointing results from the utility players so far this year. Aledmys Diaz hits .191 / .257 / .294 a year for wRC + 69. Nico Goodrum was even worse, as its vertical line for the year is currently 0.128 / .171 / .179, wRC + from 4. With Jose Altouve and Jeremy Pena Both are facing minor injuries this week, with the club’s midfield inside the pitch starting to look a bit shaky. They certainly hope that Dubon can help support it.

As for Papierski, it was a choice of the Astros ninth round in the 2017 draft. Since then he has climbed the ladder of the secondary category, reaching the Triple-A last year. His first taste of this level went well, as he put in a range of .246 / .379 / .375, 98 wRC +. However, he has dived so far this year, sitting on a .211 / .324 / .278 line, 59 wRC +. He also spends less time behind the plate this year, with 11 games in the catcher, nine in the first base and six in the designated player. Last year, he was 64 in the catcher and 28 in the beginning. If he continues this trend in his new organization, he will be under more pressure to produce with the bat, as it will not offer as much defensive value.

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