Freddy Garcia, Dodgers agree on minor-league deal

Per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the Los Angeles Dodgers and veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia have agreed to a minor-league contract.

Garcia, 38, last pitched in the majors in 2012 for the New York Yankees. He posted a dismal 5.20 ERA over the course of 107.1 innings pitched. He spent 2013 in the minors (3.2 innings with the Atlanta Braves Triple-A affiliate, 82.1 innings with the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate) with a 4.37 ERA average with both teams.

It’s safe to say that present-day Garcia is a far-cry from his early-2000’s form where he had six straight seasons of 200-plus innings pitched. Injuries, and just old age have taken a toll on Garcia, leaving him scrounging for any chance he can get to prove that he has some gas left in the tank, which has now seen over 15 years of action.

For the Dodgers, this deal represents a low-risk, potentially decent reward. If the injury bug strikes the Dodger’s rotation (which many consider to be one of the best in the league) Garcia is an option to step in and fill a role.

 

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