Giants trade Walker to Tampa Bay

The other shoe dropped for Tyler Walker Friday, as the Giants traded the embattled San Francisco native to the other bay across the country, netting a minor league pitcher in relief.

The San Francisco Giants traded relief pitcher Tyler Walker to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday, acquiring Triple-A pitcher Carlos Hines in return.  Walker had been designated for assignment on Sunday.

Walker, 29, had appeared in 6 games for the Giants in 2006, netting an ERA of 15.19 while giving up 9 runs on 9 hits and 5 walks while striking out 3.  Walker had made a name for himself in 2005, filling in for injured closer Armando Benitez and saving 23 games while carrying a 4.23 ERA, striking out 54 while walking 27.

Hines, 25, had been waived and not claimed by other teams before being demoted by the Devil Rays earlier this month.  He has had a 1.80 ERA with a 1-1 record for the Triple-A Durham Bulls.  In 8 games, he’s pitched 10 innings in relief, giving up 5 runs (2 earned) on 13 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7.  Hines is in his 8th professional season, and 2nd in Triple-A.  Last year for Durham, Hines was 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA, striking out 22 and walking 17 in 35.2 innings.

Hines will not be added to the 40 Man Roster, and will be sent to the Giants Triple-A affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies.

Before this deal was announced, it had been noted that the NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers were interested in putting in a waiver claim on Walker should he clear the 10 day period after being DFA’d without being traded.

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