The Giants have designated righty reliever Kyle Barraclough for assignment, according to Kerry Crowley of Bay Area News Group (link). Barraclough’s DFA comes as the corresponding move to the club’s Wednesday waiver claim of pitcher Tyler Anderson from the Rockies.
This likely represented a tough decision for the San Francisco front office, as Barraclough is only a few seasons removed from seeming like a potential bullpen stalwart. Between 2015 and 2018, the now-29-year-old righty logged a 3.21 ERA with an 11.5 K/9 across 218.1 innings out of the Miami pen. The Nationals acquired Barraclough from the Marlins in exchange for $1MM of international bonus availability in October of ’18, but, like most Washington relievers in the first few months of the 2019 season, Barraclough struggled mightily in late-game situations. Barraclough pitched to a 6.66 ERA (6.57 FIP) in 25.2 D.C. innings before the Nationals exposed him to waivers in August.
Following a claim by San Francisco, Barraclough looked to get back into something approaching vintage form in a small performance sample with the Giants. Though he began his time in the organization with Triple-A Sacramento, Barraclough came up to the big club in September to log a 2.25 ERA in 8.0 IP–although it’s worth noting that his historical troubles with control continued to undermine his bottom-line results (10/9 K/BB ratio).
Here comes LA to swoop him up and offer a large contract.
That’s not how that works
Gets dfa’d before game 7 of the World Series. Still has a shot to win a ring… shrugs
When he retires from baseball, he can open a donut shop.
Would you buy a donut from a Barraclough? I would.
A dozen or two.
Seems like an odd decision considering he pitched fine for them and in general has pitched well. I mean… he’s not bad and on a team that can use all the help it can get
Swapping a garbage heap righty for a lefty is all
His K:BB ratio is 10/9. How is that good? It’ll catch up to you the longer you are out there.
9 walks in 8 innings?!!??!
In the same way he plucked Chargrois, I’m sure that cagey Friedman will give him a look, sign him and assume their pen is fixed. .
Whats funny is in 2018 Barraclough was a hot name people wanted to aid the bullpen. Im sure you were glmaoring for him and said Friedman had to do it. Marlins wanted Dustin May for him which didn’t happen. More proof bullpen players are so up and down so their is no clear fix.
Iglasciais, Colombe, Chapman, immediately come to mind as 3 relievers with a pretty consistent track record of success.
OK, so at what point wold you have traded for any of those three as the Dodgers GM, and what would you have considered a reasonable outbound package of talent for each?
I’m sure he clears and gets an invite to spring training…
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He’s definitely worth a minor league offer + invite to ST…
i’d like to see the phils take a dozen or so of these type of arms into ST on minor league deals
Agreed. But then divorce has to figure out how to bake him effective again. Is it a physical adjustment or mental? Same can be said about the Mets’ Diaz and many others.
Makes you wonder. Are pitching coaches so clueless they can’t help a player like this or is the problem above his uniform? Not every player with great tools is strong mentally.
Wow when Miami traded him for 1MM bonus money I was outraged. He had just put up a good season and had a nice stretch as the closer. Why wasn’t he traded mid season for prospects?
Then he starts the year being absolute garbage. Made me feel we got too much for him in the end.