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Blue Jays add to bullpen, agree to two-year, $11M deal with Yimi Garcia

The Toronto Blue Jays and reliever Yimi Garcia are in agreement on an $11-million, two-year deal that includes a club option and is pending a physical, according to an industry source.

Garcia, 31, is the club’s first major addition of the off-season and will bolster the back-end of a bullpen that was a trouble-spot for key stretches of 2021. The deal is expected to be finalized in the next few days.

A right-hander from Moca, Dominican Republic, he split last season between the Miami Marlins, where he converted 15 of 18 save opportunities and pitched to a 3.47 ERA in 39 games, and the Houston Astros, where he had a 5.48 ERA but a 1.078 WHIP and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings over 23 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2021 at 12:04 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. I Am Not a Number Posted: November 28, 2021 at 09:10 AM (#6054974)
Oh my. Yimi Garcia. The Yimi Garcia. Be still my heart.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: November 28, 2021 at 04:07 PM (#6055013)
Might as well have a semantics discussion. Is there an agreed meaning for "back end of the bullpen"? Due to my inherent elitism, I think of the good relievers as the "front" and the fungible guys as the "back." I can understand though that the good relievers are the ones you want in the "back end" of a game ... although of course low-leverage innings are at the back end of a game too. Of course now we have bullpen days where relievers sorta appear in reverse order of quality (or at least you hope so) but while you don't start with your top 3 relievers, you don't want to start with fungible guys either do you?

Anyway, to me, "back end" means "these are the last guys you want to use" and therefore nobody except Theo Epstein during the Cubs' peak tries to bolster the back end of their bullpen. But it seems most people are using it as "these are the guys you want at the back end of a game."
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: November 28, 2021 at 04:12 PM (#6055014)
I'm with you Walt. Back end of the bullpen means the guys you least want throwing in important situations.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 28, 2021 at 06:02 PM (#6055033)
I propose “the ass end of the bullpen” as the solution to the ambiguity problem.
   5. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: November 28, 2021 at 10:40 PM (#6055084)
He was a 25hx on last year's disk.

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