We’ve signed LHP Jaime García to a 1-year contract with a club option for 2019.
Over 9 MLB seasons, García is 67-55 with a 3.69 ERA. pic.twitter.com/uE1wJkeqXh
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) February 15, 2018
Jaime Garcia Signs With Toronto Blue Jays
Originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 22nd round in 2005, Garcia would not make his MLB debut until three years later in 2008. He would play for the Cardinals for eight years, in that time becoming a World Series champion during their run to the title in 2011. In Garcia’s career so far, he has a 3.69 ERA with 852 strikeouts and a record of 67-55. In his eight years in St. Louis, Garcia had a 3.57 ERA and 723 strikeouts. In his postseason career, Garcia has been quite active appearing in eight games, acquiring a 3.62 ERA in those appearances. Unfortunately, in three out of those eight appearances, Garcia walked away with a loss.
His stay in St. Louis would come to an end on December 1st, 2016 when Garcia was traded to the Atlanta Braves. St. Louis acquired second baseman Luke Dykstra, pitcher John Gant, and pitcher Chris Ellis in the deal. After just one year spent in Atlanta, Garcia was traded once again, this time to the Minnesota Twins, who also acquired catcher Anthony Recker in the trade. In exchange, the Braves acquired pitcher Huascar Ynoa. The Braves also agreed to send the Twins $100 thousand to help with the cost of Decker’s salary. But in a crazy twist, the Twins traded Garcia to the New York Yankees less than a week after acquiring him. In this deal, the Twins acquired pitchers Dietrich Enns, and Zack Littell from the Yankees.
The Impact of the Signing
Though it may seem like not a huge signing, Garcia has been a reliable pitcher for many years, and he will drastically improve the rotation for the Blue Jays. For the Yankees, they lose a pitcher that cost them two of their better pitching prospects and someone who could have really helped them next year. But now, Garcia may have found a stable home again.
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