Today the Devil Rays showed that this is a new era. Tampa sent minor leaguer Carlos Hines to San Francisco for relief pitcher Tyler Walker. Last year, Walker saved 23 games for the Giants after Armando Benitez went down with an injury. Walker is a 29 year old right hander that was originally drafted by the New York Mets in the 2nd round of the 1997 draft. He was used as a starting pitcher in the minor leagues but has been used strictly out of the bullpen since he has been in the majors. He could very well assume closer duties for this D-Ray team, which would push Dan Miceli down to the 8th inning as the set-up man, which he is better suited for. Carlos Hines had made 8 relief appearances for the AAA Durham Bulls. The trade is a good one for the team. In essence management is saying they want to win games now, and realized the bullpen needed help in order for that to happen.

Giants deal reliever Walker to Tampa Bay [Yahoo! sports]


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  1. tim says:

    And he got it done last night! I rarely stick around to the ninth inning, having other social obligations on Friday nights, but I'm glad I did, because last night was a great time.


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