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Giants acquire outfielder, first baseman Austin from Twins

April 8, 2019
Minnesota Twins first baseman Tyler Austin can't make the catch on a single by Kansas City Royals' Martin Maldonado during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Minnesota Twins first baseman Tyler Austin can't make the catch on a single by Kansas City Royals' Martin Maldonado during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — First baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin has been traded to the San Francisco Giants from the Minnesota Twins for minor league outfielder Malique Ziegler.

The 27-year-old Austin played in two games for the Twins after making the team out of spring training. He will be added to the 25-man roster. San Francisco announced Monday it has designated infielder/outfielder Connor Joe for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster.

Austin, acquired by the Twins from the New York Yankees last year for pitcher Lance Lynn, played in a career-high 69 games last season and had several other career bests: 10 home runs and 17 RBIs with 10 doubles. But the Twins claimed first baseman C.J. Cron off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays during the offseason, lessening Austin’s value.

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