Garcia was reassigned to the Rangers' alternate training site Sunday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Garcia signed with the Rangers in January and was able to work at the main facility during camp, but he'll shift to the team's alternate site ahead of the regular season. The right-hander could be an option to fill in if injuries occur in the bullpen this season, but it's unlikely that he'd be used in high-leverage situations.
Garcia signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Rangers on Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The right-hander refused an outright assignment to Triple-A in October, but he'll find a spot with the Rangers on a split contract. Garcia's 4.35 ERA in 2019 was far better than the year before, but his 5.93 FIP suggests that the success may not be sustainable. If he can maintain a spot on the major-league roster, the 32-year-old will likely be used mainly in lower-leverage relief situations.
Garcia became a free agent Monday after refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake. Garcia's 4.35 ERA in 62 innings for the Angels this season was decent enough, though his 5.94 FIP suggests he overachieved. The veteran will enter the 2020 season at 33 years old and isn't be a lock for a big-league roster spot.
Garcia (2-1) earned the win Saturday, pitching a scoreless inning with two walks in a 10-4 win over the Red Sox. Garcia became the pitcher of record as the Angels rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The reliever has a 4.50 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 54 innings this season, with a 48:30 K:BB. August was a good month for Garcia, as he recorded a 1.54 ERA in 11 appearances spanning 11.2 innings.
Garcia tossed 1.2 scoreless relief innings Friday, allowing one hit and striking out two during a 7-2 loss to the White Sox. Since the All-Star break, Garcia has posted a 5.17 ERA in 15.2 innings, amassing an 18:6 K:BB in that span. His season numbers are only marginally better with a 4.81 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 48.2 innings, and he's primarily been used as a middle reliever with a couple of appearances as an opener mixed in.
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