MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Blue Jays have signed pitcher Jaime Garcia to a one-year, $8 million contract. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Garcia can also earn another $2 million through performance incentives.
Garcia, 31, spent last season with the Braves (18 starts), Twins (one start), and Yankees (eight starts). In total, he posted a 4.41 ERA with a 129/64 K/BB ratio across 157 innings.
This is a pretty low-risk signing for the Blue Jays. Garcia has been mostly durable for the last couple of seasons with acceptable production at the back of a rotation. With Garcia in tow, Joe Biagini is likely pushed back into the bullpen.