The Giants picked up a new first baseman:
The Giants acquired first baseman Ryan Garko from the Indians on Monday, filling a big need in the infield and adding a key right-handed bat . . . The Giants, who fell out of the wild-card lead with a 3-7 road trip, gave up Class-A left-hander Scott Barnes in the deal.
Garko is no great shakes as far as first basemen go — his .285/.362/.464 line has a torrid hot streak in July built into it that one can’t expect he’ll keep up and his defense is non-stellar — but given how poor the shakes have been at first for San Francisco this year, he’s something of an improvement. Barnes is will be 22 in September and so far is tearing it up in A-ball. Nice pickup for the Indians.
The logical move for Cleveland now would be to call up Matt LaPorta, who has lived in Columbus almost as long as I have, and is almost as tired of it as I am too. Unfortunately the Indians aren’t logical, so they called up Andy Marte instead. Maybe the 125th time will be the charm for him. Matt: call me! Seeing as you’re going to be here forever, I can hook you up with a good Columbus realtor!