12/02/08 8:13 PM EST
Giants ramp up interest in Howry
Reliever more attractive after Cubs decline to offer arbitration
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Howry began his professional career in the Giants organization as a fifth-round selection in the 1994 Draft. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in the memorable "White Flag" deal on July 31, 1997, and made his Major League debut with them the following season.The Giants addressed their left-handed relief needs by signing Jeremy Affeldt on Nov. 17 to a two-year, $8 million contract. In other news, the Giants added John Castleberry, Joe Salermo, Ron Merrill and Mike Metcalf to their scouting staff. Castleberry, who becomes the Giants' Northeast scouting supervisor, signed Joey Votto, who was second in last month's National League Rookie of the Year balloting, while working for the Reds. Salermo, who assumes the role of Latin America cross-checker, worked for the Mets' scouting department when they drafted talented prospects such as Scott Kazmir, Lastings Milledge and David Wright.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.