Tuesday, August 12, 2008
From the Detroit Tiger Weblog, via SI's Jon Heyman, comes the news that the Tigers have signed pitcher Freddy Garcia to a minor-league contract. This is a great move for the Tigers, since it carries almost no risk, while opening up the possibility of Garcia moving into the back of the rotation.
As recently as 2006, Garcia was a solid starter, going 17-9 with a 4.53 ERA with the Chicago White Sox. Last season, he suffered a torn labrum while pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies, and hasn't pitched in a major league game since. Garcia is only 33, and if he can regain his White Sox form, the Tigers will have gone a long way towards filling the holes in its rotation.