Giants acquire 1B Austin from Twins

The San Francisco Giants acquired first baseman Tyler Austin on Monday from the Minnesota Twins and sent minor league outfielder Malique Ziegler in return.

Austin, 27, was on the Twins' Opening Day roster but was designated for release or assignment on Saturday after appearing in two games. He had one hit in four at-bats.

The New York Yankees sent Austin to Minnesota last season as part of the Lance Lynn trade. In 2018, he had 17 home runs and 47 RBIs but struck out 95 times in 244 at-bats between the two teams.

Ziegler, 22, was selected by the Giants in the 22nd round of the 2016 draft. In 143 minor league games in the organization, he had a .245 average with nine home runs and 47 RBIs, and he was 2-for-8 this year for high Class-A San Jose. He was assigned to high Class-A Fort Myers.

The Giants will add Austin to the 25-man roster and designate infielder/outfielder Connor Joe for assignment.

--Field Level Media