Former Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Freddy Garcia made a brief appearance at the Red Sox’s spring training complex this morning. Garcia stopped in for an evaluation of his health, a sign that the Red Sox may be looking to beef up their pitching depth even more by inking the right-hander to a deal.
The former All-Star earned $10 million last year and delivered exactly one win for the Phillies last year, causing the to-be NL East champions to struggle with pitching depth the entire year. He had shoulder surgery in August and finished 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA in 58 innings.
The year previous he had went 17-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 216.1 IP for the White Sox. In 2005, he was a workhorse, hurling 228.0 IP of a 3.87 ERA en route to helping the White Sox win the World Series.
For his career, he’s got a record of 117-76 with a 4.07 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 1,701.2 IP, 548 BB and 1,252 K.
I’m more optimistic about Garcia helping the Red Sox this season than I am Colon, so I’m rooting for this signing.
Hat tip to the Boston Herald.