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A Trade Broken Entirely on Twitter

Yesterday, the Giants added a power bat, acquiring Ryan Garko from the Cleveland Indians for left-handed pitching prospect Scott Barnes. It was the kind of trade that, without ruminations about Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez, might have seemed significant. But given all the talk surrounding the Blue Jays and Cleveland, the deal largely got buried under rumors, despite the distinct possibility that Garko could play a significant role for the Giants in the second half.

Yet there was something significant about the deal that didn't even focus on Giants fans: News of the deal was broken entirely on Twitter. AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price was the first to report the deal, tweeting that the Giants landed Garko from the Indians. That tweet was quickly followed up by Baseball Prospectus's Will Carroll, who tweeted that the Indians gave up Barnes and a player to be named later for Garko. Not to be outdone,'s Anthony Castrovince then immediately corrected that story, tweeting that the trade was Garko for Barnes straight up.

Three contributors trying to break a trade, three sources, one outlet: Twitter.

Eventually, stories like this piece from the AP's Janie McCauley got to discussing the deal, but by then it had long since gone over the Twitter-wire. Just another example of baseball catching up with technology, or technology catching up with itself. Hey, who needs a blog anymore anyway?

Oh wait, better disregard that last sentence ...

By Cameron Smith  |  July 28, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
Categories:  Giants , Indians  | Tags: Giants, Indians, Ryan Garko, trade, twitter  
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I suspect that the AP story broke the news to the most people.

Posted by: adhardwick | July 28, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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