Garcia signed a minor league contract with the Royals on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Garcia, a former third-round draft pick by the Dodgers, finished the 2016 season in the Mexican League prior to this signing. The 27-year-old is a strikeout pitcher as evidenced by his 11.3 K/9 with the White Sox Triple-A affiliate in 2015, but he lacks control, which could limit his ability to rise into the major league ranks.
The White Sox made a series of moves as they work toward putting together a 25-man roster. Chicago optioned pitcher Erik Johnson and outrighted pitchers Maikel Cleto and Onelki Garcia to Triple-A Charlotte, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. They reassigned pitcher Jairo Asencio, outfielder Engel Beltre, catcher George Kottaras and pitcher Arcenio Leon to minor-league camp. These moves give the White Sox 28 players left in major-league camp. The 40-man roster is not down to 37.
The White Sox announced seven cuts on Tuesday, per ESPN. The club optioned Leury Garcia, Onelki Garcia and Andy Wilkins to Triple-A Charlotte. Frankie Montas was optioned to Double-A Birmingham, and Logan Kensing, Nolan Sanburn and Joe Savery were reassigned to minor-league camp.
The White Sox announced Thursday they added pitcher Frankie Montas, infielder Rangel Ravelo, infielder Tyler Saladino and catcher Kevan Smith to the 40-man roster. They also outrighted outfielder Jared Mitchell to Triple-A Charlotte. Chicago claimed pitcher Onelki Garcia off waivers from the Dodgers and designated pitcher Ronald Belisario for assignment to clear a roster spot.
The Dodgers have placed pitcher Onelki Garcia on the disabled list. Garcia had elbow surgery last November, and hasn't progressed all that much during camp. The team placed him on the 60-day disabled list, but backdated to move to March 14. Garcia tossed 1 1/3 innings in the majors last year.