The San Francisco Giants have been in search of offensive help for weeks now. On Monday, they found some.
The Giants acquired first baseman Ryan Garko from the Cleveland Indians on Monday evening in exchange for minor league pitcher Scott Barnes and a player to be named later.
While Garko is hardly the answer to San Fran’s offensive woes, he’ll certainly help a club in desperate need of a bat. Travis Ishikawa has shown flashes of potential this season for the Giants, but has struggled mightily against left-handed pitchers. Garko will provide a boost to San Francisco’s lineup (he’s hitting .285 this season) while potentially adding some much-needed pop (he has 11 home runs this year). Garko is also under contract through 2012 and comes on the cheap.
Barnes, meanwhile, has had a very productive season so far in Single-A San Jose, leading the California League in wins with 12, and also placing second in ERA with a mark of 2.85. The 21-year old is a former 8th round pick and while it’s still undetermined whether or not he’ll be a relieve or starter, Cleveland was in need of adding arms to their farm system and Barnes helps.
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Posted: 7/27/09 11:59PM ET