Freddy Garcia released by the Padres

03/25/2013 1:06 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

Freddy Garcia is looking for work after his release from the San Diego Padres.(AP)
Freddy Garcia was released by the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

The Associated Press first reported that Garcia was released from his Minor League contract. The veteran pitcher struggled throughout Spring Training. He finished with a 1-4 with an 8.71 ERA in six starts, allowing 25 runs and 26 hits in 20 2/3 innings. Garcia had been competing for the No. 5 spot in San Diego's rotation.

Once a hard-throwing fixture in the Seattle Mariners' rotation, Garcia has bounced around Major League Baseball since being traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2004. Garcia emerged as a consistent back-of-the-rotation starter for the New York Yankees in 2011 after reinventing himself as a crafty, off-speed pitcher.

Garcia has said he wants to continue his Major League career. He has a career record of 152-101 and led the American League with a 3.05 ERA in 2001.

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