Garcia will head to free agency after opting out of his contract Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Garcia agreed to a minor-league deal with the Phillies near the end of April, but he'll head back to the open market after electing to opt out. His last major-league action came in 2020 while with the Padres -- he hit .200 with three doubles, 11 RBI and a stolen base in 35 contests with the Friars.
Garcia signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Thursday, Bryce Miller of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Garcia spent much of spring training with the Tigers, but he was released on March 25. He'll now head to the alternate site for the Phillies and has an opt-out date of May 2 if he is not added to the big-league roster.
Garcia was granted his release by the Tigers on Friday. The move is an unsurprising one, as Garcia was informed Thursday he wouldn't be breaking camp with the team. He'll search for work elsewhere but may be stuck searching for a minor-league deal, as he's a 31-year-old who hasn't produced an above-average batting line since 2016.
Garcia was informed Thursday that he won't make the Tigers' Opening Day roster, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Garcia was unable to secure a utility spot on Detroit's roster after he hit .143 with one RBI, four runs and seven strikeouts this spring. He has an opt-out clause in his contract and is weighing whether to exercise it or head to the minors to begin the season.
Garcia is competing for a utility spot on Detroit's roster out of spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Garcia joined the Tigers earlier this month and will compete with the likes of Harold Castro and Akil Baddoo for a bench job. Working in Garcia's favor is his ability to play multiple positions in the infield, though the 31-year-old only slashed .200/.279/.250 across 30 games last season, so he may need to get hot at the plate this spring to earn a roster spot.
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