Saturday, February 16, 2008

Waiver Wire Pickup

According to the Seattle Times, the Mariners have claimed RHP Anderson Garcia off of waivers from the Phillies. The soon to be 27 year old righty has spent most of his career in the minors. He appears to be insurance in case of an injury in the bullpen, and maybe the rotation. Garcia, not to be confused with Freddy Garcia, is 29-31 with a 3.85 ERA in 221 minor league games over the past seven years. He has started 39 games in that time as well.

Garcia will likely be starting in the minors, but will likely get a shot in the majors if something happens, or he makes the team out of Spring Training. The Mariners are building up a bit of pitching depth after losing four pitchers in the Erik Bedard trade, including left specialist George Sherrill.

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