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Portrait of Freddy Garcia

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
22 376 2264 156 108 0 4.15 34.8
Birth Date10-6-1976
Height6' 4"
Weight250 lbs
Age43 years, 1 months, 15 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1999 SEA MLB 33 33 201.3 17 8 0 205 90 170 18 98 9.2 4.0 0.8 7.6 0% .312 1.47 4.15 4.07 95 4.38 85.1 4.1
2000 SEA MLB 21 20 124.3 9 5 0 112 64 79 16 83 8.1 4.6 1.2 5.7 0% .255 1.42 5.21 3.91 109 5.12 98.5 1.6
2001 SEA MLB 34 34 238.7 18 6 0 199 69 163 16 93 7.5 2.6 0.6 6.1 0% .255 1.12 3.53 3.05 88 3.30 68.5 6.6
2002 SEA MLB 34 34 223.7 16 10 0 227 63 181 30 93 9.1 2.5 1.2 7.3 0% .292 1.30 4.10 4.39 90 3.34 71.7 5.7
2003 SEA MLB 33 33 201.3 12 14 0 196 71 144 31 98 8.8 3.2 1.4 6.4 0% .273 1.33 4.88 4.51 106 4.47 93.8 2.8
2004 CHA 0 16 16 103.0 9 4 0 96 32 102 14 107 8.4 2.8 1.2 8.9 0% .294 1.24 4.01 4.46 93 3.79 78.1 2.2
2004 SEA 0 15 15 107.0 4 7 0 96 32 82 8 100 8.1 2.7 0.7 6.9 0% .273 1.20 3.54 3.20 85 3.28 67.7 2.9
2005 CHA MLB 33 33 228.0 14 8 0 225 60 146 26 102 8.9 2.4 1.0 5.8 0% .281 1.25 4.07 3.87 96 3.53 75.9 5.1
2006 CHA MLB 33 33 216.3 17 9 0 228 48 135 32 112 9.5 2.0 1.3 5.6 0% .282 1.28 4.62 4.53 105 4.71 95.8 2.6
2007 PHI MLB 11 11 58.0 1 5 0 74 19 50 12 108 11.5 2.9 1.9 7.8 0% .348 1.60 5.37 5.90 108 5.22 108.1 0.3
2008 DET MLB 3 3 15.0 1 1 0 11 6 12 3 111 6.6 3.6 1.8 7.2 0% .205 1.13 5.55 4.20 112 6.35 135.5 -0.1
2009 CHA MLB 9 9 56.0 3 4 0 56 12 37 4 108 9.0 1.9 0.6 5.9 0% .295 1.21 3.38 4.34 92 3.71 79.5 1.2
2010 CHA MLB 28 28 157.0 12 6 0 171 45 89 23 112 9.8 2.6 1.3 5.1 0% .290 1.38 4.73 4.64 108 5.15 116.4 0.2
2011 NYA MLB 26 25 146.7 12 8 0 152 45 96 16 106 9.3 2.8 1.0 5.9 0% .292 1.34 4.15 3.62 112 5.49 127.6 -0.8
2012 NYA MLB 30 17 107.3 7 6 0 112 35 89 18 100 9.4 2.9 1.5 7.5 0% .297 1.37 4.62 5.20 112 4.98 114.2 0.1
2013 ATL 0 6 3 27.3 1 2 0 23 5 20 2 98 7.6 1.6 0.7 6.6 0% .266 1.02 3.05 1.65 88 2.91 69.8 0.7
2013 BAL 0 11 10 53.0 3 5 0 60 12 26 16 99 10.2 2.0 2.7 4.4 0% .259 1.36 6.75 5.77 120 5.56 133.2 -0.4
2004 TOT MLB 31 31 210.0 13 11 0 192 64 184 22 104 8.2 2.7 0.9 7.9 0% .000 1.22 3.77 3.81 89 3.53 72.8 5.2
2013 TOT MLB 17 13 80.3 4 7 0 83 17 46 18 98 9.3 1.9 2.0 5.2 0% .000 1.24 5.49 4.37 110 4.66 111.6 0.2
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1996 QUD A MDW 13 13 60.7 5 4 0 57 27 50 3 8.5 4.0 0.4 7.4 0% .000 1.38 3.77 3.11 0 0.00 0.0
1997 KIS A+ FSL 27 27 179.0 10 8 0 165 49 131 6 8.3 2.5 0.3 6.6 0% .289 1.20 3.09 2.56 0 0.00 0.0
1998 CCH AA TXS 19 19 119.3 6 7 0 94 58 115 8 7.1 4.4 0.6 8.7 0% -.475 1.27 3.93 3.24 0 0.00 0.0
1998 NWO AAA PCL 2 2 14.3 1 0 0 14 1 13 2 8.8 0.6 1.3 8.2 0% -.750 1.05 3.76 3.15 0 0.00 0.0
1998 TAC AAA PCL 5 5 32.7 3 1 0 30 13 30 6 8.3 3.6 1.7 8.3 0% -.490 1.31 5.30 3.85 0 0.00 0.0
1999 SEA MLB AL 33 33 201.3 17 8 0 205 90 170 18 98 9.2 4.0 0.8 7.6 0% .312 1.47 4.15 4.07 95 4.38 85.1
2000 SEA MLB AL 21 20 124.3 9 5 0 112 64 79 16 83 8.1 4.6 1.2 5.7 0% .255 1.42 5.21 3.91 109 5.12 98.5
2000 EVE A- NWN 2 2 10.0 0 0 0 11 2 15 1 9.9 1.8 0.9 13.5 0% -.556 1.30 2.52 4.50 0 0.00 0.0
2000 TAC AAA PCL 1 1 7.0 1 0 0 5 2 11 2 6.4 2.6 2.6 14.1 0% -.200 1.00 5.01 2.57 0 0.00 0.0
2001 SEA MLB AL 34 34 238.7 18 6 0 199 69 163 16 93 7.5 2.6 0.6 6.1 0% .255 1.12 3.53 3.05 88 3.30 68.5
2002 SEA MLB AL 34 34 223.7 16 10 0 227 63 181 30 93 9.1 2.5 1.2 7.3 0% .292 1.30 4.10 4.39 90 3.34 71.7
2003 SEA MLB AL 33 33 201.3 12 14 0 196 71 144 31 98 8.8 3.2 1.4 6.4 0% .273 1.33 4.88 4.51 106 4.47 93.8
2004 CHA MLB AL 16 16 103.0 9 4 0 96 32 102 14 107 8.4 2.8 1.2 8.9 0% .294 1.24 4.01 4.46 93 3.79 78.1
2004 SEA MLB AL 15 15 107.0 4 7 0 96 32 82 8 100 8.1 2.7 0.7 6.9 0% .273 1.20 3.54 3.20 85 3.28 67.7
2005 CHA MLB AL 33 33 228.0 14 8 0 225 60 146 26 102 8.9 2.4 1.0 5.8 0% .281 1.25 4.07 3.87 96 3.53 75.9
2006 CHA MLB AL 33 33 216.3 17 9 0 228 48 135 32 112 9.5 2.0 1.3 5.6 0% .282 1.28 4.62 4.53 105 4.71 95.8
2006 VEN wor CS 2 2 7.1 1 0 0 5 2 11 0 6.3 2.5 0.0 13.9 0% .278 0.99 -0.20 1.27 0 0.00 0.0
2007 PHI MLB NL 11 11 58.0 1 5 0 74 19 50 12 108 11.5 2.9 1.9 7.8 0% .348 1.60 5.37 5.90 108 5.22 108.1
2007 CLR A+ FSL 2 2 6.3 0 0 0 5 1 8 0 103 7.1 1.4 0.0 11.4 0% .333 0.95 1.24 0.00 58 3.39 69.5
2007 PHL Rk GCL 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 98 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0% .333 1.00 2.94 4.50 87 3.04 62.5
2008 DET MLB AL 3 3 15.0 1 1 0 11 6 12 3 111 6.6 3.6 1.8 7.2 0% .205 1.13 5.55 4.20 112 6.35 135.5
2008 LAK A+ FSL 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 109 13.5 4.5 0.0 4.5 0% .429 2.00 3.70 0.00 101 6.28 128.5
2008 TOL AAA INT 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 86 6.0 0.0 0.0 12.0 0% .333 0.67 0.65 0.00 54 2.69 55.0
2009 CHA MLB AL 9 9 56.0 3 4 0 56 12 37 4 108 9.0 1.9 0.6 5.9 0% .295 1.21 3.38 4.34 92 3.71 79.5
2009 KAN A SAL 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 94 6.0 3.0 0.0 9.0 0% .333 1.00 2.45 0.00 85 3.93 82.6
2009 BUF AAA INT 2 2 11.0 0 2 0 12 5 6 2 98 9.8 4.1 1.6 4.9 0% .286 1.55 5.78 8.18 99 5.89 123.8
2009 CHR AAA INT 1 1 6.0 0 1 0 8 0 9 1 106 12.0 0.0 1.5 13.5 0% .467 1.33 2.31 3.00 104 5.86 123.2
2009 BRI Rk APL 2 2 11.0 0 0 0 6 0 7 0 91 4.9 0.0 0.0 5.7 0% .194 0.55 2.40 1.64 85 1.81 38.2
2010 CHA MLB AL 28 28 157.0 12 6 0 171 45 89 23 112 9.8 2.6 1.3 5.1 0% .290 1.38 4.73 4.64 108 5.15 116.4
2011 NYA MLB AL 26 25 146.7 12 8 0 152 45 96 16 106 9.3 2.8 1.0 5.9 0% .292 1.34 4.15 3.62 112 5.49 127.6
2011 SWB AAA INT 1 0 4.0 1 0 0 8 1 0 1 18.0 2.3 2.3 0.0 0% .412 2.25 7.23 4.50 125 7.85 160.3
2012 NYA MLB AL 30 17 107.3 7 6 0 112 35 89 18 100 9.4 2.9 1.5 7.5 0% .297 1.37 4.62 5.20 112 4.98 114.2
2013 ATL MLB NL 6 3 27.3 1 2 0 23 5 20 2 98 7.6 1.6 0.7 6.6 0% .266 1.02 3.05 1.65 88 2.91 69.8
2013 BAL MLB AL 11 10 53.0 3 5 0 60 12 26 16 99 10.2 2.0 2.7 4.4 0% .259 1.36 6.75 5.77 120 5.56 133.2
2013 GWN AAA INT 1 1 3.7 0 1 0 7 5 1 1 102 17.2 12.3 2.5 2.5 0% .375 3.27 10.29 19.64 105 5.76 125.2
2013 NOR AAA INT 13 13 82.3 8 3 0 73 15 61 10 97 8.0 1.6 1.1 6.7 0% .263 1.07 3.84 2.84 105 4.06 88.2
2015 MTR AAA MEX 5 5 35.3 3 1 0 35 2 23 1 8.9 0.5 0.3 5.9 0% .291 1.05 2.76 2.55 0 0.00 0.0
2015 OKL AAA PCL 4 1 7.3 0 1 0 8 4 7 0 91 9.8 4.9 0.0 8.6 0% .348 1.64 3.32 7.36 101 4.37 95.8
2015 TAB AAA MEX 6 6 33.3 1 2 0 37 5 21 5 10.0 1.4 1.4 5.7 0% .286 1.26 4.93 5.67 0 0.00 0.0
2016 MTR AAA MEX 5 5 23.3 2 0 0 27 2 14 3 10.4 0.8 1.2 5.4 0% .312 1.24 4.16 5.01 0 0.00 0.0
2017 ARA Wnt VWL 7 5 27.7 2 0 0 23 3 25 1 7.5 1.0 0.3 8.1 0% .286 0.94 2.50 2.60 0 0.00 0.0
2018 ARA Wnt VWL 4 3 14.7 0 0 0 16 0 5 1 98 9.8 0.0 0.6 3.1 0% .300 1.09 3.54 3.07 0 0.00 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 206 0.5437 0.4175 0.7674 0.5625 0.2447 0.8413 0.5652 0.2326
2009 821 0.5164 0.4495 0.7561 0.6274 0.2594 0.8534 0.5049 0.2439
2010 2437 0.4986 0.4346 0.8168 0.6033 0.2668 0.8759 0.6840 0.1832
2011 2268 0.4594 0.4312 0.7812 0.5988 0.2887 0.8750 0.6158 0.2188
2012 1751 0.4420 0.4283 0.7747 0.5956 0.2958 0.8894 0.5917 0.2253
2013 1159 0.5030 0.4642 0.8086 0.6158 0.3108 0.8830 0.6592 0.1914
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-03-15 2012-03-25 Camp 10 0 - Hand Contusion Batted Ball - -
2011-08-08 2011-08-29 15-DL 21 18 Right Fingers Laceration Index Finger Kitchen Accident - -
2010-09-07 2010-09-07 DTD 0 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2010-09-01 2010-09-01 DTD 0 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2009-07-27 2009-08-11 Minors 15 0 Not Disclosed -
2008-12-05 2008-12-05 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Stiffness In Winter League -
2008-09-29 2008-09-29 DTD 0 0 Right Shoulder Stiffness -
2007-06-10 2007-10-07 60-DL 119 100 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum and Rotator Cuff 2007-08-29
2007-05-06 2007-05-06 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion Ran Into a Cart -
2007-03-23 2007-04-16 15-DL 24 11 Right Shoulder Inflammation Biceps Tendinitis -
2005-05-31 2005-05-31 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Spasms Hamstring -
2004-08-23 2004-09-08 DTD 16 16 Right Forearm Tightness -
2004-01-12 2004-01-12 Off 0 0 Bilateral Head Surgery Eardrums 2004-01-12
2000-04-22 2000-07-07 15-DL 76 68 Right Lower Leg Stress Fracture Tibia - -
1996-08-16 1996-09-08 Minors 23 0 Right Elbow Sprain - -
1996-06-29 1996-07-31 Minors 32 0 Right Shoulder Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 LAN $
2014 ATL $
2013 SDN $
2012 NYA $4,000,000
2011 NYA $1,500,000
2010 CHA $1,000,000
2007 PHI $10,000,000
2006 CHA $9,000,000
2005 CHA $8,000,000
2004 SEA $6,875,000
2003 SEA $6,875,000
2002 SEA $3,800,000
2001 SEA $425,000
2000 SEA $325,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$51,800,000
11 yrTotal$51,800,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 144 dPraver-Shapiro1 year (2015)

Details
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 3/30/15 (minor-league contract). Released by LA Dodgers 4/22/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/24/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.25M in majors. Performance bonuses: May earn additional $1.25M based on games started. May earn additional $1M based on relief appearances. May opt out of contract if not on Major League roster 3/25/14. Released by Atlanta 3/24/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 1/28/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.3M in majors. May earn additional $1.25M in performance bonuses. May request release 3/26/13 if he will not make Major League roster. $0.1M retention bonus if he agrees to start season in minors. May opt out of contract 6/1/13 if not on Major League roster. Released by San Diego 3/24/13. Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 3/29/13 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Baltimore 5/4/13. Re-signed by Baltimore 6/27/13 (minor-league contract) after opting out of previous contract. Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Baltimore 8/23/13. Contract selected by Atlanta 9/1/13.
  • 1 year/$4M (2012). Re-signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/9/11. Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 25, 27, 29, 30 starts. $0.275M for 31st start. $0.3M for 32nd start.
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2011). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 2/2/11 (minor-league contract). $3.6M in performance bonuses based on starts (to 30 GS). May request release if not on active roster March 29, 2011. Contract purchased by NY Yankees 3/30/11.
  • 1 year (2009), plus 2010 club option (minor-league contract). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 1/23/09 (minor-league contract, $1.5M in major leagues). Released by NY Mets 4/28/09. Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 6/8/09. $2M in performance bonuses. Contract purchased by White Sox 8/18/09. Chicago White Sox exercised $1M 2010 club option 10/5/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 8/12/08 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Detroit 9/17/08.
  • 3 years/$27M (2005-07). Signed extension with Chicago White Sox 7/04. 05:$8M, 06:$9M, 07:$10M.
  • 1 year/$6.875M (2004). Re-signed by Seattle 12/03 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from Seattle 6/04.
  • 1 year/$6.875M (2003). Won arbitration with Seattle 2/03 ($6.875M-$5.9M).
  • 1 year/$3.8M (2002). Re-signed by Seattle 1/02 (avoided arbitration). Largest ever contract for first-year arbitration-eligible player.
  • 1 year/$0.425M (2001). Re-signed by Seattle 2/01.
  • 1 year/$0.325M (2000). Re-signed by Seattle 2/00.
  • 1 year/$0.2M (1999). Re-signed by Seattle 2/99.
  • Acquired by Seattle in trade from Houston 7/31/98.
  • Signed by Houston 1993 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Sweaty Freddy Garcia is no longer a passable big-league starter, which means he's got five or six more seasons in him, tops.
2013 Glance at Garcia’s nearly even mix of starts and relief appearances and you might conclude he was a classic swing man, pitching in, so to speak, wherever he was most needed. To a certain extent, he was, but his role changes were as much about hiding him where he could do the least damage as they were about putting him where he could be of the most help. The righty’s move to the pen was a response to his four disastrous April starts, and while he pitched better in relief, his innings were low leverage. He had his moments filling in for Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia as a starter in June and July, but his days as a useful arm are about at an end, barring a move to a more forgiving fly-ball park.
2012 Another of Brian Cashman's fliers that paid off, the Yankees signed Garcia to a one-year, $1.5 million deal coming off of a five-year span in which he posted a 4.69 ERA and a crashing strikeout rate over just 84 starts—which is a bit like saying, "The food at that restaurant is terrible and the portions are too small." A fly-ball pitcher who had allowed home runs at a rate of 1.3 per nine innings over those difficult five years, Garcia allowed just nine in his first 122.1 innings (0.7 per nine, one of the lowest rates in the AL) through early August. Garcia then cut his right index finger in a kitchen accident, and either the trauma (which necessitated a 20-day DL stay) altered the way he gripped his split-fingered fastball or a phenomenon which had no good reason for happening in the first place chose to reverse itself. Over his last five starts, Garcia gave up seven home runs, or 2.6 per nine innings. Overall, Garcia was as good as he looked last year, but with his declining strikeout rate, home-run reversal, and injury history, the Yankees' decision to bring him back on another one-year ($4 million) deal looks risky.
2011 Whether or not it's oxymoronic to refer to someone as one of the best fifth starters in the league, you can give the right-handed Garcia this sort of left-handed compliment. Perhaps it's even appropriate, because "crafty righty" isn't exactly in common usage. Despite throwing with less velocity than before he'd torn up his shoulder, in his first full campaign back in action Garcia was good for 19 quality starts (through the first six innings). He's a fly-baller with home-run issues, but U.S. Cellular Field made matters worse for him; he allowed 1.6 homers per nine innings there, against 1.0 on the road. Keeping that in mind as Garcia heads into low-cost free agency, he could be a nice fit as back-end rotation filler in the right (big) ballpark.
2010 Garcia's surgically repaired shoulder was slow to heal. After a brutal spring training and a pair of poor starts in Triple-A, the Mets just flat-out released him, leading to another opportunity to pitch for fellow Venezuelan Ozzie Guillen. The White Sox were as cautious with Garcia as the Mets were reckless, signing him in June and bringing him along slowly; he didn't join the big-league rotation until mid-August. He pitched well, with seven quality starts in nine chances (and an eighth was blown after the sixth inning). Chicago's decision to include a cheap 2010 option for $1 million plus $2 million in incentives looks like a steal, especially with pitching prices likely to prove recession-proof.
2009 After shoulder surgery in 2007, plenty of teams expressed interest in Garcia as a cheap pickup for the rotation, but the auditions and workouts were continuously delayed. After being rumored to be going to half the teams in baseball, Garcia finally signed with the Tigers, rehabbed his way back into action, and made three decent starts for them, but left his final outing with stiffness in his repaired shoulder. He's pitching in Venezuela this winter and looking for another job this year. Hopefully, this time he'll be able to show up before August.
2008 It seemed like a good idea at the time. Wanting to win now, the Phillies dealt pitching prospects Gio Gonzalez and Gavin Floyd to the White Sox for Garcia, who had been a reliable starter for most of the decade. Unfortunately, Chief broke down after 11 starts and when the Phillies tried to fix him up they found out he was like an iPod: no user-serviceable parts. After failing to find his velocity in rehab, Garcia was sent back to the factory with a frayed rotator cuff and a torn labrum. He's expected to be out until June or July this year, and may remain a free agent until then, when teams in the pennant race can bid on a presumably fully operational hurler.
2007 It`s hard to understand why Garcia gets pigeonholed as an underachiever. He`s made at least 31 starts in all but one of his eight big league seasons, has never had an ERA materially worse than league average, and has won 62 percent of his lifetime decisions. Owed $10 million in 2007, the last year of his current contract, he projects to provide a performance comparable to those of Jason Schmidt and Barry Zito at a relative discount. Whether the White Sox were right to move him remains to be seen, but this was clearly a good buy for the Phillies. There`s been some grumbling about Garcia`s declining strikeout rate, but he`s always been a guy that mixed different pitches and approaches; we see no red flags in the near term.
2005 Most pitchers are disposed to overthrow, but Garcia is fascinated with his changeup, to the point that he predictably tries to use it as his finishing pitch after a few fastballs. Garcia is not a bad pitcher, but he's not much better than an average one. The White Sox traded for him at the high-water mark of his value, entranced by his Safeco-enhanced ERA while ignoring peripheral numbers that hadn't improved much and an arm that has a lot of mileage on it. The $27 million extension the White Sox gave Garcia in July is looking more palatable compared to some of the signings of this winter, but that's damning with faint praise.
2004 By all rights, Garcia should look a little bit more like Jack Cassidy in The Eiger Sanction. He's noted as much for eccentricities as performance, has a bit of the air of a cheesy gadfly villain, and there's a definite limit to how much screen time you really want him to have on your club. He's slipped from a solid #2 starter to an innings guy, kind of a hard- throwing Rick Reed. The Mariners would have been better off non-tendering him and trying to sign him at a reduced rate, or even letting him go entirely. than gift-wrapping a S6.875 million salary for '04.
2003 Garcia was helped greatly by the stellar Mariner defense of 2001, and its regression this year really tore him up. His head wasn’t in games, he frequently got into feuds with umpires, and his famous game composure disappeared. This may have something to do with Freddy’s postgame activities. Garcia was tangentially involved with the vile case of Darrell Russell drugging a woman so his friends could rape her while he videotaped it; Garcia was one of three men the woman said that she was dating at the same time, including Russell. Now whatever you want to say about the nature of relationships, that was probably a distraction.
2002 Garcia’s control and movement both improved, and he stepped up to claim the “ace” label, suffering only three disaster outings all year. Aces get ridden hard, though: he went fewer than six innings just four times. His only obvious weakness is his tendency to get rattled by inconsistent umpires, something he’ll get over.
2001 Freddy Garcia enjoyed the Venezuelan equivalent of the rubber-chicken circuit a bit too much, reporting to camp overweight and out of shape. He pitched poorly before suffering a hairline fracture of his tibia in his third start, which shelved him until early July. One side benefit of the two-month layoff is that his arm had a chance to further recover from the abuses of 1999. Garcia is a very good starter who could rise to the next level if he stops nibbling around the plates and trusts his overpowering stuff.
2000 Chief put a stranglehold on a rotation spot with a sparkling spring training and didn't let go despite an unhealthy helping of Piniella-dispensed abuse. In recent years, young pitchers haven't fared well with the Mariners, but Garcia has a couple things working in his favor: he was schooled in the Astros' organization, and his tenuous grasp of the English language may enable him to ignore much of Piniella's bluster. He has the stuff and makeup to be a number one starter. With Piniella returning, all bets are off concerning Garcia’s future.

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