The Giants have apparently made a trade with Cleveland, sending Scott Barnes, a 22-year old, left-handed pitcher in single A ball, to the Indians for Ryan Garko, a first baseman. Garko is an immediate upgrade at first base, with 20-plus extra base hits, running out a nice .285/.362/.464 with an .826 OPS.
In fact, he pretty much is the second best hitter on the team right now.
Was a 22-year old lefty worth it? Too soon to tell, but one thing is for sure, Garko's not known for his glove. Here's hoping there's more to come.
…. Last season, Garko hit .352 over the final 36 games – and .410 after Sept. 5. This season, Garko batted .349 over the past 23 games. For the season, he is at .333 (23-for-69) against left-handed pitching to lead the Indians.
“There's definitely something to be said
for experience,” Sabean said. “These games will only get harder. It can only help.”
It also helps that Garko won't be a one-hit wonder. He is approaching his first year of eligibility for arbitration, which means the Giants will control his rights beyond this season.
Hopefully, the Washington Nationals Josh Willingham is next on Sabean's list, because he is an actual major-league hitter, with 20 doubles, 16 home runs, and an outstanding slash line of .298/.410/.596 with a stellar 1.007 OPS. Please, Mommy, can I have one of those for Christmas?
Hat tip to Baseball Musings.
UPDATE: Tim Lincecum set a career high with 15 strikeouts, going the distance in a 4-2 win over the Pirates tonight. Damn, he must've been pissed after that Atlanta loss.