SF Giants trade reliever to Braves

The Giants’ pitching staff is in flux after three starting pitchers entered free agency this month along with several relievers. Another relief pitcher went out the door Monday as the Giants traded Jay Jackson to the Braves in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

The Giants designated the 34-year-old Jackson for assignment las week as they added prospects Sean Hjelle, Heliot Ramos and Randy Rodriguez to the 40-man roster. Earlier in the month, it appeared the Giants would keep Jackson around when they exercised an option to retain him for the 2022 season.

Jackson joined the Giants last winter on a minor-league deal. He was one of many arms who cycled through the bullpen throughout the season as the Giants churned their roster for healthy players and matchup advantages. He recorded a 3.74 ERA (4.05 WHIP) on the season in 23 appearances over 21.2 innings.

The former Padre and Brewer made his first career start in September as an “opener” against the Dodgers, when he gave up three runs and got just one out in a loss during the critical Memorial Day weekend series. After his MLB debut in 2015 with San Diego, he spent parts of four seasons in Japan before returning in 2019 with Milwaukee.

Jackson’s greatest contribution with the Giants may have been the spotlight he shined on the racist vitriol he received on social media in early August after a difficult outing, even as the Giants won the game.

“Once you start telling me to end my career, snap my arm, attack my family and call out different names, that level of disrespect is unnecessary to me,” Jackson said. “It’s not just appalling, it’s unnecessary. You don’t have a reason to go out of your way and do that.”

Jackson shared some of the messages on his social media accounts to show the bigotry and hate directed toward athletes of color. Manager Gabe Kapler derided the messages and Jackson said he received an outpouring of support from Giants fans after making the racist messages public.

The trade sends Jackson near his home state of South Carolina.

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