Here are today’s minor moves from around the league…
- The Giants have selected the contract of third baseman Conor Gillaspie from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned outfielder Mac Williamson to clear a spot on the 25-man roster, the club announced. To clear a space on the 40-man roster, San Fransicso has transferred utility man Ehire Adrianza to the 60-day disabled list. Gillaspie, 28, was originally a supplemental-round draft pick of the Giants in 2008 and made his big league debut in a Giants uniform. He spent parts of three seasons with the Giants before being traded to the White Sox in 2013. The left-handed-hitting Gillaspie spent two and a half seasons as the primary third baseman for the White Sox and batted .260/.314/.397, largely in a platoon capacity. But he was largely ineffective at the plate last year and wound up returning to the Giants on a minor league deal this winter.
- The Phillies have outrighted left-hander James Russell after he cleared waivers, the club announced. Philadelphia designated Russell for assignment two days ago and selected the contract of fellow veteran Andrew Bailey. Russell struggled greatly with the Phils this season, allowing nine runs with four strikeouts against five walks in 4 1/3 innings. Because of his service time (five year, 122 days), Russell will have the right to reject the outright assignment in favor of free agency. The longtime Cubs reliever had a career 4.09 ERA with 6.5 K/9 against 2.7 BB/9 in 334 2/3 inning and has held lefties to a .242 average and .289 OBP, though the .410 slugging he’s yielded leaves something to be desired.