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 FOXSports.com (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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