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Free Agency, Trades, and Signings
Written by Joe Tetreault   
Saturday, 31 July 2010 16:40

Giants Add Reliever Javier Lopez

Lefty Reliever Javier Lopez is on his way to the city by the bay in exchange for John Bowker and Joe Martinez. Lopez has appeared in 50 games, winning two games with an ERA of 2.79.  He's primarily a lefty specialist.

Bowker came to San Francisco after putting up huge power numbers in their farm system. But after struggling as a 24 year old rookie, Bowker never got a full-season shot with the Giants.  For his big league career he owns a slash line of .238/.285/.394 in 513 plate appearances.  As a lefty in PNC park, he could breakout in a very big way.

Martinez worked as a starter in the minors, but split between starting and relieving in his limited major league experience.  At 27, he's hardly a prospect, but he could be called on to give the Pirates a different look in the rotation for the balance of 2010.

Red Sox Send Ramon Ramirez to Giants

The Giants weren't done, sending minor leaguer Daniel Turpen to the Red Sox in exchange for Ramon Ramirez.  The Red Sox righty reliever had a 0-3 record with a pair of saves for Boston this season.

Turpen pitched primarily for Double AA Richmond in the Eastern league.  He was 5-5, 4.09 ERA in 37 relief appearances with solid but unremarkable peripherals.  The 23 year old righty likely will be organizational depth for Boston.

Marlins Add to Pen with Will Ohman

The Florida Marlins picked up Will Ohman from the Orioles for Rick Vanden Hurk. Ohman in his first season with the Orioles had an ERA of 3.30, but had a WHIP of 1.600 in 30 innings.

Vanden Hurk has bounced back and forth between Triple and the majors for the last four seasons. In that time he has started 32 games for the Marlins and pitched 155.2 innings, while striking out 152 batters and giving up 174 hits.  The Orioles have optione dhim to Triple AAA Norfolk to groom him for a role in their rotation.

Braves pick up Minor Leaguer Wilkin Ramirez

The Braves acquired outfielder Wilkin Ramirez fromt he Detroit Tigers for a player to be named later or cash considerations which will be determined no later than November 20, 2010.

Ramirez hit .216 with four doubles, two triples, four home runs and 14 RBI in 41 games with Triple A Toledo of the International League.  In 56 games with Double A Erie this season, he hit .241 with 10 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs and 41 RBI.  Ramirez had been designated for assignment on July 28th.

Details of the other deadline moves are coming shortly.


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