The Orioles are hoping to get a little of that 2011 magic back with Freddy Garcia, as they have signed him to a Minor League deal according to Scott Miller.
Garcia posted an 8.71 ERA in 20.2 innings spanning six starts for the Padres in spring training before they cut him four days ago. He finished with a 5.20 ERA in 107.1 innings with the Yankees last year. He showed considerable improvement in a small sample after moving to the bullpen. His ERA was 5.93 as a starter, but 2.42 as a reliever.
The O’s rotation is projected to include Opening Day starter Jason Hammel, as well as Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Jake Arrieta, and Chris Tillman. Ostensibly, Garcia would be used as Triple-A rotation filler and back-up in the event of an injury. Dan Connolly puts it in this perspective:
Os singing of Freddy Garcia reminiscent of the Dontrelle Willis signing last March. Duquette willing to see what’s left in former AS’s tank
— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) March 29, 2013