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Orioles sign veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia to minor league deal

Freddy Garcia had some success pitching out of the bullpen last season with the Yankees.
Freddy Garcia had some success pitching out of the bullpen last season with the Yankees. (Rob Carr, Getty Images)

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.

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