Giants Release Clayton Tanner

7:18pm: The Giants are in the process of re-signing Tanner, GM Brian Sabean told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News (on Twitter).

3:26pm: The Giants released Clayton Tanner, according to the team's transactions page. They had designated the left-hander for assignment to create 40-man roster space for Eric Surkamp over the weekend.

Tanner, 23, has yet to appear in the Major Leagues. The 2006 third rounder has a 3.66 ERA with 6.6 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 686 1/4 minor league innings. Most recently, he logged 119 2/3 innings of 4.29 ERA ball pitching out of the rotation for the Giants' Double-A Richmond affiliate.


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30 Comments on "Giants Release Clayton Tanner"


Blue387
3 years 11 months ago

I would like to see my Mets pick up him. My team could use more left handed pitchers.

Beatofficer
3 years 11 months ago

23 and already gave up on him? I’m sure someone will pick him up.

Taylor Haberle
3 years 11 months ago

Yea, that’s kind of stupid. I saw him pitch this year and he has good stuff. He’s pitched pretty good his whole career so this is borderline insane. 23 in AA? pshh, there’s a lot of guys much worse. 

Mellow Yellow King
3 years 11 months ago

This is the organization that traded Thomas Neal for Orlando Cabrera. Nothing shocks me anymore.

jfretless
3 years 11 months ago

Rehash of my previous Clayton Tanner post;

Upon hearing he was released, Tanner threw down his glove and refused to
come off the field.  Then two security guards, dressed in suits tried to
chase down Tanner.  Tanner, being younger and faster than the guards,
eluded capture, to the delight the crowd.  Amused, the crowd started
chanting, “Let Them Play!”, “Let Them Play!”

Taylor Haberle
3 years 11 months ago

hope you’re trolling..

3 years 11 months ago

there are quite a few guys on their major league roster that should be released…

jfretless
3 years 11 months ago

:shakes head:

Releasing players with potential, but keep junk on the 25-man roster.

…I wanna see who on the Giants have been put on waivers!  I have not seen one name yet.  Either no one has been placed on waivers and the “brain” trust really believes the veterans will start hitting or absolutely no other teams wants anything the Giants have or could put on waivers.

gmenfan
3 years 11 months ago

Couldn’t agree more. With all of the worthless, redundant players choking up the bench on this club, you cut loose a 23 year old left handed pitcher of all things ? As if anything that Tanner could do would be worse than either Zito or Sanchez ? This team has flat out lost its mind.

3 years 11 months ago

the worst part is how many guys on the 25-man will NOT be on the team next year?  I agree with Sabean about not dumping vets just to dump, but at what point are you waiting for Tejada/Fontenot/etc to turn around?  We are 5 months in

gmenfan
3 years 11 months ago

Sorry, after glaring into the dugout because he was asked to put down a bunt on Sunday, Tejada should have been pulled from the game and sent packing as soon as he returned to the dugout. There’s your open roster space.

Gumby65
3 years 11 months ago

No the worst part would be Ned Colletti noticing that another Giant is available to sign as a free agent.

Gumby65
3 years 11 months ago

No the worst part would be Ned Colletti noticing that another Giant is available to sign as a free agent.

55saveslives
3 years 11 months ago

Giants know pitching….if they released him, there is a reson.

gmenfan
3 years 11 months ago

Just like they parted ways with their top pitching prospect for a guy who has amassed only 4 RBIs and looks like a statue in right field since joining the club. Well, done all that during the time that he hasn’t spent on the DL anyways.

55saveslives
3 years 11 months ago

Wheeler also had a 4+ era in single A. Hes got good raw stuff. But hes a project

55saveslives
3 years 11 months ago

Wheeler also had a 4+ era in single A. Hes got good raw stuff. But hes a project

jfretless
3 years 11 months ago

True.  Not very many former Giants pitching prospects making their name somewhere else.  …except, Joe Nathan and Nelson Liriano and David Aardsma.

bigbird24
3 years 11 months ago

It took Aardsma and Liriano 5+ years each to be productive major leaguers and Liriano has only been healthy once.  If Wheeler makes it to the bigs I’ll be surprised with his lack of control.

jfretless
3 years 11 months ago

True.  Not very many former Giants pitching prospects making their name somewhere else.  …except, Joe Nathan and Nelson Liriano and David Aardsma.

evenyoudorn
3 years 11 months ago

Letting go of a 23-year-old lefty who struck out 6.6 to 3 walks at AA seems hasty.  But maybe I’ve just been a White Sox fan for too long to have realistic standards for minor league talent.

3 years 11 months ago

Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano, and David Aardsma.  Sweet.  Yes, congrats to those guys for making it away from the giants organization.  Also, Keith Foulke.  Now, please compile a list of young pitchers SF dumped that didn’t do jack.  That list is much longer.  No fan of Sabean, but lets give credit where credit is due, the organization knows its young pitchers better than you or I.

3 years 11 months ago

The list of prospects that don’t do jack is much longer than the list that does.  You would have to compare the averages for the entire league versus the giants ratio of good players to bad.  Your analysis is weak and short-sighted.  C- for you.

Rangersfan32
3 years 11 months ago

This.

3 years 11 months ago

Ok, I’ll leave that to you.  Guess what, the Giants have traded approximately 4 guys that you could argue have made an impact in Sabeans time that were pitchers of note on other teams eventually, unless you’re really enamored of that Jason Grilli trade.  Congrats on splitting super fine hairs though, I really am glad you understood the sentiment of what I’m talking about.  I didnt realize we had to do quantitative analysis to discuss general topics with you.  But I’ll leave it to you to discuss the win shares of every player Sabean has traded that has been a pitcher compared to the other pitchers traded by other teams.  I’ll still be correct, but have fun looking at those league average win shares of players dealt.

3 years 11 months ago

I was being mildly sarcastic, though my point still stands.

It is exceedingly difficult to tell if a team is good or bad at trading, scouting, etc without doing a comprehensive study of all 30 teams.

3 years 11 months ago

I disagree, in the sense, look at who SF has held onto compared with who they have included in trades.  If you’re looking at the league, fine, I actually do understand your point but believe its overbroad to my point.  If a team has a strong amount of quality pitchers coming up through the ranks, as I think most would acknowledge SF has been fortunate enough to identify recently even without league wide averages citable at this very moment, you’re going to wind up *potentially* giving away more talent in trades.  I don’t think its out of line to suggest a team that has held onto Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner and Jonathan Sanchez (yes even him) while dealing Tim Alderson, Zack Wheeler, Scott Barnes, et al, has a track record of identify those worth hanging onto in the recent past.

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 11 months ago

Take it easy guys, the Giants are resigning him.

Blue387
3 years 11 months ago

Yes, I am Fred Wilpon. But first, can I borrow twenty bucks?

evenyoudorn
3 years 11 months ago

People who harp on those who say “we” and “us,” or “my _____” are the worst kind of person.  If there’s nothing better/worse/more important in your life, then what awful, awful mistakes have you made to deserve such a wretched existence?