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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Giants add 'professional hitter'

It's not exactly a blockbuster, but Tuesday's Giants/Indians trade is worth a quick review, and Tim Kawakami got Brian Sabean's take afterward: Just for the record, Barnes was ranked by Baseball America last winter as a top-10 prospect in the Giants' system (No. 9, to be precise). Of course, you know the perils that await a Class A pitcher, no matter how talented; the odds are against Barnes ever becoming more than a bit player in the majors (though of course we'll be pulling for him).

Also for the record ...

Ishikawa's line since April: .282/.333/.447.

Garko's line since April: .283/.348/.484.

Yes, I do know that April counts, both in the statistics and the projections. And I do know that Garko's complete body of work suggests that he is, right now, the superior hitter (if not by a great deal). I also believe that, all things considered, the Giants might be best served by an Ishikawa/Garko platoon, with the lefty-hitting Ishikawa getting most of the work (and this will only become more true as Ishikawa gets closer to 27 and Garko gets further away).

Apparently that's not going to happen. Brian Sabean just traded a shiny young minor-league pitcher for a Professional HitterTM from the Big Boy LeagueTM, and it looks like he wants to get his money's worth.