SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have signed right-hander Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract in an effort to see whether the 14-year major league veteran can add to the organization’s pitching depth.
The 36-year-old Garcia, who spent the past two seasons with the Yankees, will report to Triple-A Norfolk and receive five to six starts there before the organization choses whether to purchase his contract.
Garcia was released by the Padres on Sunday.
“We’re going to take a look at him for a few starts in Triple-A,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. “We’re see where we are. … He’s agreed to to to Triple-A and give it a go. We’ll see where it goes.”
Garcia owns a career 152-101 record and 4.15 ERA. He was 19-14 with a 4.29 ERA in 56 games (42 starts) over the past two seasons pitching for the Yankees. Last season, Garcia had a 5.93 ERA in 17 starts, but owned a 2.42 ERA in 13 relief appearances, holding opponents to a .198 batting avaerage out of the bullpen.
“Freddy Garcia is a veteran pitcher and he’s won over 150 games in the big leagues,” Duquette said. “The last couple years with the Yankees he’s been a winning pitcher, and we’re going to take a look at him in Triple-A.”
The Orioles signed veteran pitchers Jamie Moyer and Dontrelle Willis to minor league deals last season before giving both their release after a set number of starts.
Garcia was 1-4 with an 8.71 ERA in six spring training starts with the Padres, allowing 25 runs and 26 hits over 20 2/3 innings.