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Tallarini’s Takes: MLB Transactions, May 13

 Matt Tallarini  |    May 13th, 2024 1:32pm EDT

A’s designated hitter Khris Davis (2) rounds the bases. (Photo By Carlos Avila Gonzalez/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

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Transaction Report

 

According to right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes’ Major League Baseball Profile page on May 9, he elected free agency from the Washington Nationals after he was sent outright to Triple-A Rochester on May 8. 

 

    • Barnes was designated for assignment by Washington on May 7. Washington reinstated left-handed pitcher Robert Garcia from the 15-day injured list as part of this correspondence. Garcia was diagnosed with influenza on April 23.

 

    • Barnes, 34, was born in Danbury, Conn., and has played 11 seasons in the MLB with the Boston Red Sox from 2014-22 and the Miami Marlins in 2023. 

 

    • Barnes was a World Series champion in 2018 and was selected once as an All-Star in 2021. 

 

    • Barnes appeared in 14 games out of the bullpen for the Nationals to begin the 2024 season and posted a 6.75 ERA throwing 13.1 innings, allowing 16 hits, 10 earned runs, one home run, four walks, and 10 strikeouts. 

 

    • In his 11 seasons in the MLB, Barnes has a lifetime record of 33-30 with a 4.21 ERA with 467 appearances and three starts, recording 47 saves, throwing 466.1 innings, allowing 420 hits, 218 earned runs, 53 home runs, 214 walks, 586 strikeouts, and a 1.360 WHIP. 

 

According to San Francisco Giants beat writer Maria I. Guardado, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-handed pitcher Daulton Jefferies on May 10 in exchange for outfielder Rodolfo Nolasco heading to Northern California.

 

    • Jefferies was designated for assignment by San Francisco on May 6 after splitting time between Triple-A Sacramento and the Giants for the first month of the 2024 regular season.  
    • Jefferies, 28, was born in Merced, Calif., and has played four seasons in the MLB with the Oakland Athletics from 2020-22. 
    • Jefferies missed all of the 2023 regular season while recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome and elected free agency from the Athletics on November 6, 2023, before signing a minor league contract with the Giants on December 7, 2023. 
    • He was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento on December 10, 2023, before the start of spring training. 
    • The Giants selected his contract from Triple-A Sacramento on March 31 before being optioned back down on April 1. 
    • With San Francisco this season, Jefferies went 0-2 with a 17.36 ERA in two appearances and one start, throwing 4.2 innings and allowing 14 hits, nine earned runs, two home runs, two walks, and four strikeouts. 
    • Jefferies’ lifetime MLB record in four seasons is 2-10 with a 6.64 ERA in 16 appearances and 11 starts throwing 61 innings, allowing 76 hits, 45 earned runs, nine home runs, 16 walks, 41 strikeouts, and a 1.508 WHIP. 

 

The Giants also traded right-handed pitcher Mitch White to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for cash considerations.

    • White, 29, was born in San Jose, Calif. and has played five seasons in the MLB with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2020-22, and the Toronto Blue Jays from 2022-24 before being traded to the Giants in exchange for cash considerations on April 20, 2024. 
    • White appeared in three games out of the bullpen for San Francisco and posted an 11.81 ERA throwing 5.1 innings, allowing eight hits, seven earned runs, one home run, five walks, and struck out one hitter before being traded to Milwaukee.
    • With Toronto, White posted a 1-0 record to begin 2024 and appeared in four games out of the bullpen with a 5.40 ERA throwing 10 innings, allowing 10 hits, six earned runs, one home run, four walks, six strikeouts, and a 1.400 WHIP.
    • In White’s five MLB seasons, he has a lifetime record of 4-11 with a 5.20 ERA in 65 appearances and 22 starts throwing 176.2 innings, allowing 182 hits, 102 earned runs, 19 home runs, 69 walks, 149 strikeouts, and a 1.421 WHIP.

 

On May 12, former MLB outfielder Khris Davis announced his retirement to Bob Nightengale of USA Today in a one-on-one interview. 

 

    • Davis, 36, was born in Lakewood, Calif., and last played in the big leagues during the 2021 regular season with the Oakland Athletics.
    • Davis played in the MLB in nine seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2013-15, the Oakland Athletics from 2016-20 before returning to the organization in the middle of the 2021 season, and the Texas Rangers in 2021.
    • He played with the Diablos Rojos del Mexico organization in Liga Mexicana de Beisbol to start the 2022 regular season before he signed with the Kentucky Wild Health Genomes of the Atlantic League on July 7, 2022.
    • Davis led the MLB in home runs in 2018 with 48.
    • In his MLB career, Davis played in 980 with a lifetime of .242 in 3,804 plate appearances dialing 820 hits, 164 doubles, nine triples, 221 home runs, 590 RBI, 18 stolen bases, 328 walks, 1,017 strikeouts, and a .805 OPS.
    • Davis is now an auto mechanic after he graduated from the Arizona Automotive Institute a few weeks ago.