01/23/2009 5:42 PM ET
Mets Sign RHP Freddy Garcia
FLUSHING, N.Y., January 23, 2009 - The New York Mets today announced that they have signed free agent righthanded pitcher Freddy Garcia to a one-year minor league contract.
Garcia has posted a .605 career winning percentage, the eighth-best among active pitchers with 250 or more innings. He was 118-77 during his career with the Mariners, White Sox, Phillies, and Tigers.
The 6-4, 260-pounder was 17-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 33 starts for the Chicago White Sox in 2006.
On August 29, 2007, the Baruta, Venezuelan native underwent labrum surgery on his right shoulder. The injury limited him to 16 games in the majors over the two years, 11 with the Phillies in 2007 and five with the Tigers in 2008.
"He's a big game pitcher who has had great success in the postseason and we feel has a good opportunity to contribute to our success this year," said Mets General Manager Omar Minaya.
Garcia was 14-8 with a 3.87 ERA in 2005 in helping the White Sox win the World Series. He went 3-0 in that postseason and hurled 7.0 shutout innings in Game Four to earn the victory and complete the four-game sweep over the Houston Astros. For his career, Garcia is 6-2 in nine postseason starts.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to pitch in New York," said Garcia, who was 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA in four games with the Tigers after signing last August. "Nothing would make me happier than to pitch in the same rotation with my friend and fellow countryman, Johan Santana, and help win a championship with the Mets."
Garcia, a two-time All-Star (2001, 2002), has won 10 or more games seven times in his career, including six straight years from 2001-2006. He went 17-8 with Seattle in 1999, 18-6 with an American League leading 3.05 ERA in 2001, and was 16-10 with the Mariners in 2002.
From 2001-2006, he was one of four pitchers in the majors to win at least 10 games, start 30 or more games and pitch 200 or more innings.
After signing with Detroit, he pitched two minor league games with the Tigers with Lakeland (A) of the Florida State League and Toledo (AAA) of the International League. He defeated Texas with 5.0 shutout innings in his first start with Detroit last September 17th. Garcia appeared in two games for Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League.