Paulino Traded to Giants for Taschner
A few things about this trade:
- It’s a lock. Chris Coste will open the season as Carlos Ruiz‘s backup.
- Taschner will be the bullpen’s second left-hander while J.C. Romero serves his 50-game suspension. The other left-hander is Scott Eyre.
- This could pave the way for J.A. Happ to open the season in the rotation and Chan Ho Park to open the season in the bullpen, although Ruben Amaro Jr. stressed that nothing had been decided. There had been some talk that Happ could open the season in the bullpen, if Park had a better spring than him. But both have pitched about the same, so I would be surprised at this point if Happ isn’t this team’s No. 5 starter.
Update: The Giants flipped Paulino to the Marlins for Minor League pitcher Hector Correra.