The Giants are acquiring infielder Brett Wisely from the Rays, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com (on Twitter). Minor league outfielder Tristan Peters is headed back to Tampa Bay, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (Twitter link).
Wisely, 23, was selected by Tampa Bay out of a Florida junior college in the 15th round of the 2019 draft. A left-handed hitter, he’s played mostly second base but has some experience at each of third base, shortstop and in left field. Regarded more as a bat-first player, he’s indeed hit well against minor league pitching. Wisely put up a .274/.371/.460 line with 15 home runs over 500 plate appearances with Double-A Montgomery this year. He walked at a strong 12.4% clip, struck out in a manageable 20.8% of his trips, and stole 31 bases (albeit in 42 attempts).
The Rays would’ve had to add Wisely to the 40-man roster this evening to keep him from being taken in the Rule 5 draft. Facing a strong roster squeeze, they’ve made three trades to deal players already on the 40-man or Rule 5 eligible for further away talent. San Francisco has already selected Wisely’s contract, so he won’t be eligible for the Rule 5.
Peters was a 7th-round pick of the Brewers in 2021. Dealt from Milwaukee to San Francisco for Trevor Rosenthal at this past trade deadline, he had a tail of two halves season. After hitting .308/.386/.485 in 90 High-A games before the swap, he managed only a .212/.302/.303 line in Double-A after the deal. A left-handed batter, he played primarily left field.