Giants trade prospect Martis for Stanton

The Giants are desperate for help in the bullpen, and the desperation showed on Friday. The Giants made a move, trading a 19 year old pitching prospect for a setup man who has fallen on very hard times and has a 4.47 ERA for the year.

The San Francisco Giants traded Shairon Martis, a 19 year old pitching prospect from Curacao, to the Washington Nationals for 29 year old reliever Mike Stanton on Friday.

Stanton has been on 12 playoff teams in his 20 major league season, including several with the Yankees during their World Series championship years from 1998-2000.  However, Stanton’s career ERA of 3.83 is notably lower than his 2006 numbers.  With the Nationals, he has appeared in 56 games with a 3-5 record, and has 10 holds and 3 blown saves while maintaining an ERA of 4.47.

Martis first appeared on the radar for many Giants observers when Baseball America ranked him as the #10 prospect in the 2005 Arizona League, where he had a 1.85 ERA, and 50 strikeouts against 9 walks in 34.0 innings.  Martis was by as the #22 prospect in the Giants organization in the offseason,   But Martis really made a name for himself in the inaugural World Baseball Classic, where he pitched for the Netherlands team.  He pitched the first ever complete game, shutout and no-hitter in WBC history, an amazing feat considering that the first round of the WBC had pitchers on a strict 65 pitch count.  A mercy rule where the game can end after 7 innings if the lead is 10 runs or more contributed to the feat, as Martis walked one and had no strikeouts.

For the 2006 season, Martis has a 3.64 ERA with 66 K and 21 BB in 76.2 innings pitched.  He struggled early after dealing with an injury, but has come on strong in more recent months.

Stanton is expected to join the Giants over the weekend.

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