At times a roster move might make more sense than we all wish it did. That is probably the case for the move the Baltimore Orioles made to option pitcher Freddy Garcia to the minors and bring up Kevin Gausman again. Garcia had the option to become a free agent and work on finding his way to another organization and team. Many people would have done just that but Garcia, a successful veteran of MLB, chose to sign a minor league deal and stay with the Orioles.
For someone who has played for a few teams I thought that Garcia might at least test the free agent waters for a moment but he didn’t. His old deal is gone and it has been replaced by a new minor league deal. This is a guy that pitched 8 shutout innings not long ago. Sadly his struggles outweighed the good times just slightly and that is what landed him in the minors. His time with the big league club is probably not over though.
He has had success at the triple-A level this year with a 4-0 record in five starts down there. His ERA is under three which could at least build confidence if nothing else. Confidence in his stuff would come in handy, as would his veteran experience, in a bullpen role. That could be where Garcia ends up as the season takes a turn towards the really hot and long days of the dead of summer. A good veteran to eat some bullpen innings could save the season for the Orioles and Garcia would give them quite a few options from that role. I would be shocked if it didn’t happen.