Giants Get Relief

San Francisco strengthens bullpen

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    San Francisco Giants' John Bowker prepares to bat against the St. Louis Cardinals' Joel Pineiro during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 13, 2008, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    The Giants were looking for some help in the bullpen and a couple of last minute deals at the trade deadline made that happen. 

    Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area is reporting that the San Francisco Giants have acquired Javier Lopez, a left handed reliever, from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right handed pitcher Joe Martinez and outfielder John Bowker

    After losing Jeremy Affeldt and Dan Runzler, both left handed relievers, to the disabled list the Giants made it a priority to add another southpaw to the bullpen. 

    The Giants give up a promising young pitcher in Martinez, who has split time between the Giants and their minor league affiliate Fresno Grizzlies.  Bowker, the Giants opening day left fielder, has been up and down between the big club and Fresno the last couple of seasons.  Bowker has always put up stellar numbers in the minors, but could never quite put in together in the bigs.

    The Giants made another last minute deal in an effort to strengthen their bullpen.  They will receive right handed pitcher Ramon Ramirez from the Boston Red Sox.  In exchange the Giants will send minor league pitching prospect Daniel Turpen to the Sox.

    It was rumored the Giants were in the market for a power bat, however it would have taken one of San Francisco's young starting pitchers to do so and the Giants were unwilling to meet that price.

    Javier Lopez is 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA this season.  He has 22 K's and 18 BB's in 38.2 innings.

    Ramon Ramirez is 0-3 with a 4.46 ERA this season.  He has 31 K's and 16 BB's in 42.1 innings