The Rangers exchange outfielders, Calhoun with Giants for Duggar

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Willie Calhoun, who was a major return for the Texas Rangers when they swapped All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish five years ago.

Calhoun traded from Texas to the Giants for Steven Duggar on Thursday in an out exchange, who both hit left-handers and throw right-handers.

It will be a comeback for Calhoun, who requested an exchange a few days after being sent to the minors by the Rangers on May 1st. The 27-year-old was born in Vallejo, East Bay, California and attended Benicia High School.

“We wish Willie all the best on his occasion with San Francisco,” said Rangers president John Daniels. “It’s a new beginning for him, as well as being close to home.”

San Francisco also receives cash in the deal.

Calhoun has spent more than five years of his career in the league with the Rangers, playing 253 games and reaching a total of 0.241. He averaged 0.136 with one Homer and two RBIs in 18 major league games this year. Just over a month after being selected for Triple-A, he was nominated and canceled his resignations before being assigned directly to Round Rock, where he hit 0.217 with five homers in 22 games.

Right-winger Spencer Patton was commissioned by Texas to make room for Duggar on the 40-man roster, but the Giants did not add Calhoun to their 40-man roster. Dagar, 28, has been ruled out of the 60-day injury list and the Rangers will need to make another move to add him to the 26-man roster when he joins the team.

The Rangers took Calhoun, pitcher AJ Alexy and infielder Brendon Davis when they traded Darvish, then four-time All-Star for Texas, to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a July 31, 2017 deadline deal.

Calhoun made his major league debut that September, hitting 0.265 with a homer and four RBIs in 13 games, and then hitting 0.222 in 35 games the following year. His best season with the Rangers was in 2019, when he scored 0.269 with 21 homers and 48 RBI in 83 games.

But he suffered a broken jaw during the 2020 spring training session when he was hit by a pitch and played only 29 games in the season that were delayed and reduced due to the pandemic. The 2021 season ended in June when he was hit by a pitch that broke his left forearm.

Dagar won 0.194 with four RBIs in 12 games for the Giants this year before entering the injury list on April 22 due to a left sideways strain.

Daniels described Dagar as “a strong baseball player who can add value to the team in a variety of ways.” His skill set is similar to that of magician Eli White, who is in IL for 60 days with a fractured right wrist from an off-field collision on June 12.

White and Duggar were teammates at Clemson for two seasons before the Giants took Duggar to the sixth round of the 2015 amateur draft.

Duggar has made great appearances in the league with San Francisco in every season since his debut in 2017. He has hit 0.242 with 14 homers, 87 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in his 254 MLB games. He has started in all three positions off the field, mainly in the center.

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AP Baseball author Janie McCauley contributed to this report from San Francisco.

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