Kevin Pillar traded to Giants in four player swap
The Blue Jays have traded outfielder Kevin Pillar to the Giants in a move that has been expected for some time. Heading back to Toronto in return are righty Derek Law, recently designated infielder Alen Hanson, and righty Juan De Paula.
Pillar is a defensive standout who hasn’t managed to produce consistently at the plate–but with a $5.8MM salary, he is an affordable asset for the Giants. He’s controllable via arbitration for one more season to come.
It’s not immediately clear how the Giants would line up in the outfield when Pillar joins the team. In his first full season with the club, Steven Duggar is likely in line for most of the time in center, but Pillar would offer a platoon match (the former hits from the left side, the latter from the right) and could also spend time in the corners.
For the Jays, I think they won this deal hands down. They shed salary, picked up decent prospects and freed up playing time for Anthony Alford.
One year ago, Alen Hanson was highly thought of in the Giants organization–now he will fit into a utility role with the Jays–or be sent to Triple-A Buffalo.
Derek Law has struggled recently, owning a 7.43 ERA in seven games with the big league club last season–but there is hope the Jays can tap into his untapped potential.