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Giants acquire pitcher Alex Young from Guardians for cash

Sep 7, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Alex Young (46) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants traded for left-handed reliever Alex Young on Monday, sending cash considerations to the Cleveland Guardians.

Young, who had been designated for assignment last week by the Guardians, was immediately optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

To make room on the Giants’ 40-man roster, the team also outrighted left-hander Aaron Fletcher to Sacramento on Monday.

The 28-year-old Young has appeared in just one game this season, facing two batters in Game 1 of Cleveland’s doubleheader on July 4 against the Detroit Tigers. He allowed one hit while striking out the other batter.

This marks Young’s third organization in the past two seasons. Originally a second-round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015, the TCU product began his career as a starter — going 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 17 outings (15 starts) as a rookie in 2019. He split time between starting and relieving in 15 appearances in 2020 and his ERA rose to 5.44.

Young was waived and picked up by Cleveland last season. In four major league seasons, he is 11-15 with a 4.90 ERA in 73 games (24 starts).

–Field Level Media