Originally written on Seed Spitters  |  Last updated 11/15/14

Mlbtraderumors.com reported the Giants have traded backup catcher Chris Stewart to they New York Yankees for RHP George Kontos.

Stewart, 30, has been competing for the giants backup catcher position with Eli Whiteside (who missed the final cut) and rookie Hector Sanchez. Now, he returns to New York where he played one game for in 2008.

Last season for the Giants, Stewart was a terrific defensive backstop, but not so much an offensive threat. His line of .204/.283/.309 with three home runs (including his first in the big leagues) and 10 RBI.

The Giants received 26-year-old Kontos, who has spent the last six years in the Yankees farm system. Drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 amateur draft, Kontos has primarily played a righty reliever role in his career.

Last season in 89.1 innings pitched in AAA Scranton, Kontos recorded a 2.62 ERA and a 1.097 WHIP. His 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.6 walks per nine innings last year made up for a tidy 3.5 K:BB ratio.

Most likely starting this season in AAA Fresno, Kontos adds some pitching depth the Giants were starting to lack in their farm system.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to take Michigan job

Report: Johnny Manziel fined for being late to treatment

Duke Johnson's mother says son will enter NFL Draft

Starlin Castro questioned following nightclub shooting

Report: Jeff Driskel thinking about transfer to Duke

Browns suspend Josh Gordon for final game of season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Report: Alex Smith out Week 17 with lacerated spleen

Nebraska chancellor booed by Huskers players?

WATCH: Rory McIlroy trolled by 'Sweet Caroline' song

Auburn, Wisconsin players literally ate tons of food

Did Kobe Bryant respond to heckler with the rings count?

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Nebraska chancellor booed by players?

Johnny Manziel fined by Browns

Castro questioned after shooting

Rory McIlroy trolled with 'Sweet Caroline'

Browns suspend Josh Gordon

Kobe gives heckler the rings count?

Murray dumped over cheating scandal?

Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.