Giants acquire RHP Kontos from Yankees

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Giants have acquired right-handed pitcher George Kontos from the New York Yankees in exchange for catcher Chris Stewart, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.

Kontos, 26, made his Major League debut with the Yankees last season, appearing in seven games out of the bullpen and allowing two runs in 6.0 innings of work. He spent the majority of the 2011 season with the triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, going 4-4 with a 2.62 ERA (26er, 89.1ip) in 40 games (four starts) while recording 91 strikeouts and issuing just 26 walks.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA (2er, 6.1ip) in five spring contests with the Yankees this year.

Selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2006 First-Year Player draft, Kontos has posted a 25-33 record with a 3.33 ERA (196er, 529.2ip) in 137 games (77 starts) in his minor league career.

Stewart, 30, appeared in a career-high 67 games in his first season with San Francisco last year while batting .204 (33-for-162) with three home runs and 10 RBI. He finished the spring batting .229 (8-for-35) in 18 games.