The San Francisco Giants have traded infielder Conor Gillapsie to the Chicago White Sox for minor league right-hander Jeff Soptic, reports Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area.
With a host of infielders, Gillaspie didn’t have a defined role on the Giants. He’s only 25 years old, but San Francisco’s infield is set for the next few years.
In 465 plate appearances in Triple-A ball last year, Gillaspie slashed .281/.345/.441. He also played six games at the major league level.
Soptic, Chicago’s third round selection in the 2011 draft, is a hard-throwing right-hander with some potential. He rendered a 5.40 ERA at Class A, but walked six batters per nine innings in 43.1 innings.
The Giants now have 39 players on their 40-man roster. While some would speculate that the open spot could be for Brian Wilson, that’s not the case, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Schulman reports that the extra spot is just for flexibility.