Garko traded to Giants for Class A lefty
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.
No word yet on whether this means Matt LaPorta will be joining the Tribe.
UPDATE: Contrary to a report floating around out there, there is no player to be named component in this deal.
UPDATE No. 2: Barnes will report to Class A Kinston.
UPDATE No. 3: Andy Marte will take Garko’s spot on the roster and likely get the bulk of his time at 1B.