After six years with the Giants, George Kontos is on his way to the Pirates.
Pittsburgh was awarded Kontos after claiming him on revocable waivers Saturday. The Giants chose to let the Pirates have Kontos.
About an hour before the Giants were set to take on the D'backs without the reliever, Kontos posted a photo of himself from the 2014 World Series parade with a long message:
"Today is the most difficult day I've had in my professional career. The past 6 years of my life as a member of the San Francisco Giants and citizen of the community of San Francisco have been nothing short of a dream come true. It has been a privilege to play in front of some of the best fans in the game and contributing to bring 2 World Championships to the city. I want to thank the fans, the front office, the coaching and training staff and my teammates for making my time in THE BAY the best years of my life. The Bay will always be home to me wherever this game takes me; but most importantly, my heart will always bleed BLACK and ORANGE. #70"
During his time with the Giants, Kontos made exactly 300 relief appearances and posted a 3.05 ERA. In four of the six seasons, the 32-year-old registed an ERA under 3.00.