Giants aquire 1B Garko from Tribe

First baseman Ryan Garko has been traded from the Indians to the Giants for Class A left-hander Scott Barnes

Garko had been in the Tribe’s lineup at designated hitter but was yanked about an hour before the first pitch against the Angels at Angel Stadium.

Entering his first round of arbitration this winter, Garko was considered trade bait. He has gotten increased playing time the past month and had hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games, batting .349 with five homers and 11 RBIs and improving his stock. For the season, Garko is batting .285 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 78 games.

The 21-year-old Barnes is 12-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 18 starts for Class A San Jose in the California League. He leads the league in wins, is second in ERA and his 99 strikeouts are tied for ninth overall.

Barnes was an eight-round Draft pick in 2008 out of St. John’s University. He is listed at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds. Baseball America named him the ninth-best prospect in the Giants’ system before this season.

— Anthony Castrovince

1 Comment

Not so sure this will cure our ills, but at least the Giants are not just treading water. Garko fits in with the youth movement and although Barnes is doing quite well, it would most likely be a few years before he would break into the staff.

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