Mariners Bring Jon Garland To Camp

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!


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.


3 Responses to Mariners Bring Jon Garland To Camp

  1. mike says:

    hey mike
    could always ask Matt eddy of baseball america as good chance, he might know..

    • Mark says:

      Never know Garland might go to Tacoma and wait for that call up that’s going to happen either injury or ineffectiveness.

      • Mike Curto says:

        I agree, Mark. Say he doesn’t make the M’s starting five, and comes to Tacoma in April. If they have an injury in the majors you would think that Wedge would call up a guy like Garland instead of one of the kids if the Mariners are playing well early in the season.

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