Freddy Garcia released by the Padres
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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