The Mariners have reportedly come to terms with former major league starting pitcher Jon Garland. The deal is supposed to be a minor league contract, so we can add Garland to the list of potential Rainiers starting pitchers.
Garland has not pitched since the summer of 2011, when he suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery. He’s 33 years old and has a career major league record of 132-119, with a 4.32 ERA. His best year was 2005, when he went 18-10, 3.50 and won a World Series championship with the White Sox.
Check out the link below from Ken Rosenthal, who talked to Garland and produced a glowing report. That’s a pretty positive story.
One thing we don’t know right now is if Garland is willing to put in some Triple-A time with the Rainiers as he tries to come back from the injury. Yes, he is supposedly signing a minor league deal – but often these types of deals include a clause in which the player can become a free agent if he doesn’t make the big league roster out of spring training. Garland is exactly the type of player who has earned the right to have that clause in his contract.
Unfortunately, it usually is not reported if a player has that contract option – so we probably won’t ever find out, unless one of the beat writers in spring training tracks down the info. Regardless, it will be interesting to track Garland’s progress during the Cactus League.
Speaking of spring training, it starts tomorrow. Woo!
- From the Seattle Times, we have Geoff Baker’s report on the Jon Garland signing.
- Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports writes that the Garland signing might work out well for the Mariners.
- Enrique Rojas reported that Felix Hernandez will skip the World Baseball Classic while he continues to finalize his huge contract extension. Felix confirmed and explained his decision on Twitter in a series of Spanish language messages to his Venezuelan fans.
- Felix’s on-going long-term contract extension is apparently being held up due to language regarding the health of his elbow. Any contract of this magnitude is going to have a lot of complexity to it. John McGrath tells us not to worry about it – yet.
- Here is a look at some of the bigger health-related contract stipulations in recent MLB history – a well-done piece by Larry Stone.
- Geoff Baker is down in Arizona and he thinks the Felix deal will be announced “in a day or two.”
- The News Tribune pre-spring series continued over the weekend with a look at the Mariners catching situation, and then a look at all of the outfielders. Today, they moved on to the starting rotation.
- Interesting piece from Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs: a recent history of teams moving in the fences. The Mariners, as you know, are moving in the fences.
- The webiste Bill James Online picked the Mariners as a surprise team for 2013. The article was not written by Bill James (although it is, in fact, online).
- Larry Stone has an all-of-baseball look at some of the interesting stories going into spring training.
- You know you want it: Jayson Stark’s spring training preview.
- ESPN’s Jim Caple opened his first pack of baseball cards of the year, and wrote about it. He got two ex-Rainiers, so thus the link.
- The last active member of the Tacoma Tigers is still going: Jason Giambi signed with the Cleveland Indians.
- In case you haven’t seen it yet, the San Francisco newspaper caught up with the new, short-haired Tim Lincecum (with photos). He looks like an internet poker whiz-kid.
Coming up Wednesday, we look at the Tacoma catching situation. I haven’t started writing it yet, but I can already tell the word “if” is going to be used a lot.