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Dodgers add Garland

Posted on: November 26, 2010 3:45 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 6:01 pm

The day after Thanksgiving, the Dodgers are buying some Garland -- Jon Garland. The team has reached an agreement with the right-hander, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times  tweets .

Yeah, I know, it's awful. But I was dared to make a Garland joke. So I did. And I feel dirty.

Anyway, Garland was 14-12 with a 3.47 ERA for the Padres last season, finishing with 200 innings pitched. Since his first full season in the majors in 2002 with the White Sox, Garland has thrown at least 190 innings every year and has pitched at least 200 innings in six of the last seven years, throwing 196 2/3 for the Angels in 2008.

Garland finished the 2009 season with the Dodgers before signing a one-year deal with the Padres as a free agent in January.

The Padres offered him arbitration, but he's a Type B free agent, so the Dodgers won't have to surrender a draft pick.

UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of (via Twitter ), Garland's deal is for one year and there's a vesting option, related to number of innings pitched.

UPDATE: The Times ' Steve Dilbeck points out that Garland fills out the Dodgers rotation, and at least on paper in November, it seems to be a pretty good one -- Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda and Garland.

UPDATE: OK, so consensus around the Twitterverse is that the deal is worth $5 million with incentives, plus a vesting option if Garland pitches 190 innings.

UPDATE: Rosenthal adds this detail (via Twitter ) -- Garland's base salary is $5 million and he has another $3 million in bonuses at 150 innings pitched and 190 innings pitched. -- C. Trent Rosecrans 

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Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:52 pm

Dodgers add Garland

Can't believe that loser Colletti didn't sign another ex-Giant pitcher. He just made another gigantic mistake by signing Giant fat boy Juan Uribe to a three year contract. (yikes!) This guy is still working for the Giants signing all of the castoffs from the Giants to the Dodgers and ruining the Dodgers in the process. Colletti needs to be fired and fired now before he can do anymore damage to the team. The two losers that own the team seem to support this clown. That is another reason any true Dodger fan should be praying that the courts rule that they h ave  to sell the team and split the money. That would be a great day in Dodger history if that would happen. Get new owners and fire Ned (the Giant) Colletti.

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2010 10:55 pm

Dodgers add Garland

Last year, Jon Garland had his best season in the Big Leagues statistically. Which may or may not translate into further success. I have no clue but if i was a Dodgers fan i'd like this move. Even in his short time in 2009 with the Dodgers he had a fairly low 2.72 ERA in 36 innings pitched. All his stats including ERA, H/9, and WHIP were their lowest since 2005. Good move (imo) since they desperately need pitching help.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:20 pm

Dodgers add Garland

Let's hope that Jon Garland does not turn out to be as reliable and durable as Jason Schmidt. Jon Garland can pitch alot of innings but he is not a great pitcher. But I suppose there is always a great demand for mediocre pitchers who can pitch alot of innings. I agree with most of the comments here. As long as Ned Colletti is the GM the Dodgers will never progress much. It seems that when they take one step forward they also take 3 steps back. 

Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 2:50 pm

Dodgers add Garland

He was already on the Dodgers 2 seasons ago and he did a great job for the Blue Crew. Plus, he grew up in L.A. and was a stud in highschool and in college. Morons who comment without knowing what they are talking about.

Fan1958 go troll somewhere else! Loser!

Go Dodgers!

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 12:52 am

Dodgers add Garland

The 200 innings is due in large part to good mechanics but you have to wonder how many more years he has left at that pace. One would probably be enough to suit the LaLa's.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2010 9:39 pm

I doesn't matter what they do...

cause they SUCK!!

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2010 8:46 pm

Dodgers add Garland

I agree with the fact that Garland rounds out the rotation well (Kershaw, Billingsley, Lilly, Garland, Kuroda), but it won't matter for the Dodgers unless guys like Matt Kemp and James Loney perform better at the plate.

It's good for LA to sign away 200 innings from a 90-win division rival. But San Diego has two pretty good replacement options in reliever Tim Stauffer and young SP Cory Luebke. The Padres don't have to depend on the perennially-injured Chris R. Young by any means, provided the mid-rotation guys Correia and LeBlanc remain serviceable. Latos and Richard are solid at the top of the rotation. And the bullpen was one of the strongest in the NL last season. Basically, it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see San Diego stay in contention with 90 wins again.

Again, the difference for the Dodgers will be at the plate. Kershaw is a stud who might have won 17+ games last year with better run support. On paper the rotation is good enough to keep them in contention. And even in the bullpen if Broxton never regains his form Kuo is a guy who can step in and close games. Pitching wasn't their downfall last year.

The Giants are defending champs of course. I don't expect either the Dodgers, Padres, or Rockies to finish in front of San Francisco by season's end. But the games aren't played on paper, and the difference between winning and losing is very small. When a team doesn't even play up to their full potential in one aspect of the game it throws a wrench in things. The bottom line is that LA's talented hitters had better produce runs if they plan on actually leapfrogging the other NL West teams.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2010 8:25 pm

Dodgers add Garland

.500 is misleading.  Being a sinkerballer that forces contact, he is dependent on up-the middle defense.  When the White Sox at Uribe at SS, Iguchi at 2B, and Rowand in CF he had a much better winning percentage.  When he pitched for the Dodgers he was lights out and their defense has changed much that I know of so he should have a decent year.  17/18-9/10 with apx. 210 IP.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2010 7:28 pm

Dodgers add Garland

200 innings from a .500 pitcher. Sounds like a mediocre long reliever and spot starter.

Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2010 6:20 pm

Dodgers add Garland

Can't be any worse that Manuella or Padilla.  We need a pitcher who can stop taxing the bull-pen.  Now we need two power hitters and a catcher.

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