The San Francisco Giants have traded Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black to the Milwaukee Brewers for Mauricio Dubon, as first reported by Jeff Passan.

Pomeranz has recently moved to the bullpen and seen an uptick in his velocity, striking batters out with high fastballs and a sharp-breaking curveball. Black, who has predominantly pitched in Triple-A this season, is a flamethrower who turned 29 in late June. Black has an ERA over five in the minors this season, and while he has always racked up the strikeouts, has been riddled with control issues throughout his career.

Dubon is the Brewers’ third prospect on MLB Pipeline. He’s a right-handed hitting middle infielder who has recently come up to the Major Leagues and will likely go straight onto the Giants’ 25-man roster, potentially seeing Joe Panik optioned to Triple-A. Donovan Solano has impressed up the middle for the Giants, but Farhan Zaidi has likely been looking to add another middle infield bat with Panik struggling.

Being Milwaukee’s third-best prospect doesn’t mean a great deal at the moment, with the Brewers having one of the worst farm systems in baseball. Dubon, though, is a Major League ready piece who could contribute this season. Pomeranz has looked great out of the bullpen, and Black has the sort of stuff that gives him an incredibly high ceiling, but neither of them were considered notable assets for the Giants. San Francisco will be delighted to have landed Dubon without relinquishing Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith, Tony Watson or Sam Dyson.

For Milwaukee, this gives them a couple more arms to try out in the bullpen after bringing in Jacob Faria in the Jesus Aguliar trade.

 
 
 
 

When news first broke that Dubon was swapping Wisconsin for north California, the expectation was that the Giants were waving goodbye to one of their core pieces. The fact they have avoided that has to been seen as a success for the Giants. Of course, it remains to be seen how Dubon does in the big leagues, and Pomeranz and Black could be significant for Milwaukee, but this looks like a great trade for Zaidi and the Giants.

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