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AmarilloRed
05-12-2008, 06:58 PM
Garcia top hired gun for '08 stretch run

Ken Davidoff


The best remaining pitcher on the free-agent market is not David Wells, it's Freddy Garcia. The righthander, who had surgery to repair his throwing shoulder on Aug. 30, will step on the mound Thursday and begin the final laps to a return that should occur sometime around the All-Star break.

Garcia could have signed with a team last winter and received paychecks during his rehabilitation. But his agents, brothers Peter and Edward Greenberg and Chris Leible, wanted to follow the trend set by Roger Clemens in 2006 and 2007, and Garcia, financially secure, blessed that strategy.

"We felt it was going to be a better situation for him moving forward," Leible said Friday in a telephone interview. "People are a lot more interested, and there's greater need than in January or February. We're hoping he's going be a big help to somebody down the stretch."

At some point soon, Garcia, who turns 33 in June, will invite teams to watch him pitch near his Miami home. As long as he exhibits good health, he figures to set off a considerable battle for his services.

True, Garcia put up terrible numbers for the Phillies last year, going 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA in 11 starts. But he tried to pitch through his shoulder discomfort. Garcia's body of work - he compiled 200 or more innings in 1999, then 2001-06 - displays his reliability.

http://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/ny-spken115682238may11,0,5333829.column


Mlbtraderumors.com suggested there would be a bidding war for his services. Is he someone the Reds should target? A healthy Garcia should be a league-average pitcher at worst.

Dan
05-12-2008, 07:47 PM
I'd never give serious money to a pitcher with shoulder problems in the past.

RedEye
05-12-2008, 07:51 PM
I think the Reds would probably have be, you know, like, in contention before they considered bidding for a hired gun like Garcia.

reds44
05-12-2008, 08:17 PM
I think the Reds would probably have be, you know, like, in contention before they considered bidding for a hired gun like Garcia.
Exactly what I was thinking.

RedlegJake
05-12-2008, 10:37 PM
I think the Reds would probably have be, you know, like, in contention before they considered bidding for a hired gun like Garcia.

And the Reds would have to be in contention before Garcia would consider their bid.