The San Francisco Giants have traded minor league right-handed pitcher Clayton Blackburn to the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league infielder Frandy De La Rosa and cash considerations, according to Giants General Manager and Senior Vice President Bobby Evans. Texas will option Blackburn, 24, to Triple-A Round Rock.
Blackburn, who was designated for assignment earlier last week, was originally selected by the Giants in the 16th round of the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft. He made one start for the Sacramento River Cats this season and allowed five runs on six hits in 3.0 innings of work. Blackburn had his best season in 2015 when he posted a 10-4 record and led the Pacific Coast league with a 2.85 ERA.
The Rangers had two open spots on their 40 man roster after trading Andrew Faulkner to the Baltimore Orioles and optioning Tanner Scheppers to Round Rock Express. They filled one of those holes today by adding the Amarillo, Texas native.
Frandy De La Rosa, 21, was originally signed as free agent by the Chicago Cubs in March 2013. That next year in 2014, he led the Dominican Summer League Cubs with 50 runs batted in. The switch-hitter was traded to the Texas Rangers on November 2015 in exchange for right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton.
De La Rosa spent last season with the Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League. The infielder hit .250/.330/.351 with seven home runs and 39 runs batted in across 118 games. He is 3-for-28 to begin the new season so a change of scenery might be what he needs to get back on track.
San Francisco is entering Easter Sunday in last place in the NL West with a 5-8 record. They host the Colorado Rockies tonight to close out a four-game set. On the flip side, the Texas Rangers will face Seattle on the road to finish off a three-game set. They own a 4-7 record, good for 4th in the AL West.