SF giants Caleb Barager and Hunter Harvey don’t erase waivers

The SF Giants made several additions to the 40-man roster last week, resulting in some tough decisions. Both Caleb Barager and Hunter Harvey were slated for assignment during a roster tightening, but they did not allow waivers.

Baragar will stay in the NL West as claimed by the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Harvey will join the Washington Nationals. The Giants have accumulated enough depth that it would have been difficult for Baragar or Harvey to carve out roles on the 2022 roster.

San Francisco has seen plenty of Baragar in recent seasons, but Harvey came on last offseason as a waiver request from the Baltimore Orioles. Baragar was originally drafted in the ninth round from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

The left-handed pitcher originally came on as a starter but moved to the bullpen once he was added to the 40-man roster just before the 2020 season. As a rookie, he recorded a 4.03 ERA in 24 appearances and followed that up with a 1.57 ERA in 25 appearances last season.

Overall, he recorded a 2.78 ERA, 4.17 FIP, 1.16 WHIP, 6.9 K/9, and a 2.06 SO/W ratio in 45.1 frames in a Giants uniform. It’s odd that the Giants gave up on the 27-year-old pitcher given he excelled at preventing runs, but they probably think the sub-3.0 ERA doesn’t reflect his actual performance.

The Giants are expected to play the Diamondbacks 19 times this year, so there’s a good chance they’ll see him back on the mound.

On the other hand, Harvey quit the Giants before he even had a chance to throw a pitch. The 27-year-old pitcher was originally drafted by the Orioles in the first round of the 2013 draft out of Bandys High School in Catawba, North Carolina.

Despite his status as a former first-round pick, Harvey never had an extended look with the Orioles. He appeared in three-season games with Baltimore, but posted a 3.42 ERA with 23 strikeouts to walk nine in just 23.2 innings.

He joins a national team that is in a transition phase. Harvey throws a ’90s fastball and he’s still got a minor league option left, so he has some use on a roster that needs depth. The Giants probably didn’t want to lose either arm, but they built up enough inventory to make the losses more tolerable.

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