Former Lombard Orioles pitcher traded to Giants

April 18, 2012

Former Lombard Oriole George Kontos was traded from the New York Yankess to the San Francisco Giants.

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The New York Yankees completed a deal on Wednesday April 4th to address their organizational catching depth, acquiring veteran Chris Stewart from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for right-hander George Kontos.

The 26-year-old Kontos appeared in seven games as a reliever with the Yankees last season, posting a 3.00 ERA and striking out six batters in as many innings. In five Grapefruit League outings this year, Kontos worked 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball, striking out seven and walking one.

“I felt like I was in a good spot with this organization, whether or not I broke with the team,” Kontos said. “I think I’ve showed enough this Spring Training and last season, when I pitched up there, that I was able to do it and hold my own. If it wasn’t out of camp, I think it would have been soon, so hopefully, I’m in a better situation there, now that I’m headed that way.”

Kontos was a fifth round draft pick of the Yankees in 2006.

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