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Garko traded to Giants

By jcfortun Published: July 27, 2009 beat writer Anthony Castrovince thought something may be up when Ryan Garko wasin the lineup tonight and removed before the game even started.

AOL Fanhouse confirmed it:

A major league source has confirmed to FanHouse that the Giants have acquired first baseman  Ryan Garko from the Indians.

Garko, 27, hit .285 with 11 homers and 39 RBI in 239 at-bats for Cleveland.

San Francisco has been seeking a bat for months to help a weak offense support a strong pitching staff. With 391 runs scored, the Giants are next-to-last in the National League. And they have gotten a .320 on-base percentage out of first base, which is worse than every team in the league but the Diamondbacks.

UPDATE (9:47): Castrovince reports it is for Class A left-hander Scott Barnes. it is a straight up deal with no player to be named later, according to Castrovince. Barnes, who Baseball America named the ninth best prospect in the Giants system before the season, will report to class A Kinston.

Castrovince writes:

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.

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