Chicago White Sox Should Have Signed Freddy Garcia

By Evan Crum
Anthony Gruppuso-US Presswire

Freddy Garcia will be pitching in the MLB in 2013. Garcia was signed by the San Diego Padres. The Padres signed Garcia to a one-year minor league deal worth $1.3 million and $1.25 million in incentives. It is a wise signing by the Padres since they don’t have good starting pitching. However, I wanted to take a look at how Garcia fared in a Chicago White Sox uniform and if the White Sox should have considered signing Garcia again.

Garcia was key to helping the White Sox win the World Series in 2005. He was the winning pitcher in Game 4. In his five total years with the White Sox Garcia was 55-31. He posted a 4.33 ERA in 760.1 innings of work. He also struck out 509 batters. Those aren’t terrible numbers.

Garcia didn’t put up great numbers in 2012 with the New York Yankees. He was 7-6 and posted a 5.20 ERA in 107.1 innings of work. He also struck out 89 batters which was very low for Garcia.

If the White Sox signed Garcia to a minor league contract it wouldn’t have cost them that much money. The Padres only spent $1.3 million. On top of that, the White Sox would have a veteran that they could call up.

Let’s say that Gavin Floyd has another one of his typical years. You know the year I’m speaking about. Floyd starts off well, then pitches terrible, then pitches well again. He has done it his entire career with the White Sox. If Floyd does it again the White Sox could have called up Garcia.

If the White Sox signed Garcia they also could have more room to trade Floyd. True, the White Sox could always call up a pitcher in their minor league system. However, if they weren’t comfortable with that the White Sox could have used Garcia.

Alas it is all an afterthought since Garcia is with the Padres. Who knows perhaps Garcia will be available after Spring Training.

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