The San Diego Padres are bringing in reinforcements. After the 2012 season saw the team lose virtually their entire starting rotation and much of their bullpen to injuries, the Padres have signed a veteran work horse. San Diego and Freddy Garcia have a agreed to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League camp.
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the deal allows Garcia a solid opportunity at making the Padres's roster.
Freddy Garcia has agreed to minor league deal with #padres, source says. Chance to compete for a rotation spot.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 28, 2013
Garcia is a 14-year veteran in the Majors. He has pitched for the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox (twice), Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, and the New York Yankees. Most recently, Garcia spent two years with the Yankees and compiled a 4.29 ERA.
He was once a dominant pitcher with the Mariners. Garcia made back-to-back All-Star Games in 2011 and 2002, and he led the league in ERA in 2001. However, after leaving Seattle, Garcia was never a dominant. He had surges and flashes, but he couldn't put it together consistently.
Fortunately for both San Diego and Garcia, the Padres are not looking for dominance. They are looking for durability and something serviceable on the mound. Garcia offers both. He has pitched 200 or more innings seven times in his career, and he has a respectable 4.15 ERA in his career. He will likely break camp with the Padres when it is all said and done.
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