Free agent Freddy Garcia signed off the scrap heap for as much as $9 million according to various media reports. Garcia has basically missed the last two seasons due to injury and surgery. He’s only pitched in 14 games over those two seasons.
His deal is a minor league contract so the Mets have the flexibility to start his season at Buffalo, or possibly keep him there all season. Garcia will be 33 years old this season, so he’s looking to have a positive season that will propel him to another major league contract.
It’s interesting that Garcia chose the Mets to sign with. There were rumors that several teams were looking at him including the Yankees. He must have felt that his best shot at a spot on the major league roster was with the Mets. He’ll compete with Tim Redding and Jon Niese for the fifth rotation spot in spring training.
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