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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Garland rejects D-Backs’ offer

Looking for stability in their rotation, the Diamondbacks made a run at innings-eater Jon Garland this week, but their offer to the right-hander was rejected on Thursday.

The length and value of the offer is not known, but it had a short shelf-life that expired Thursday.

That the club was pursuing Garland is likely an indication that it feels the need for more certainty at the back of its rotation. Brandon Webb, Dan Haren and Doug Davis are proven commodities, but the Diamondbacks don’t want to ask too much of young right-hander Max Scherzer.

Beyond Scherzer, unproven right-handers Yusmeiro Petit and Billy Buckner are the most likely candidates to fill the fifth spot.

Thanks to Bierbrodt Me Nothing But A Hangover.

Repoz Posted: January 15, 2009 at 11:39 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: January 16, 2009 at 12:10 AM (#3053269)
This is the first Garland rumor I've heard ... been wondering when he would surface. If it was a decent offer, he probably should have taken it.
   2. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 16, 2009 at 12:17 AM (#3053275)
Finally a Jon Garland thread! Jon Garland is alive! The total lack of discussion about him does not indicate that he has vanished!

It's amusing how there's this hierarchy of free-agent starters. They usually get listed in order from greatest to least, too.

"Mets thought to be interested in Oliver Perez, Jon Garland, Ben Sheets"

"D-backs thought to be interested in Jon Garland, Ben Sheets, Randy Wolf"

"White Sox thought to be interested in Ben Sheets, Randy Wolf, Braden Looper"

"Astros thought to be interested in Randy Wolf, Braden Looper, Odalis Perez"

"Royals thought to be interested in Odalis Perez, Braden Looper, Brett Tomko"

"Pirates thought to be interested in Casey Fossum, Alay Soler, Brian Falkenborg"
   3. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: January 16, 2009 at 12:22 AM (#3053280)
The real question is how many of the plane survivors in the Hudson did Nomar save?
   4. Dr. Vaux Posted: January 16, 2009 at 12:49 AM (#3053303)
If I was an average pitcher, I wouldn't sign a short deal in Arizona.
   5. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: January 16, 2009 at 12:52 AM (#3053306)
If I was an average pitcher, I wouldn't sign a short deal in Arizona.

Word. I also don't understand the lack of interest by the Mets, among other teams. Does Garland have some sort of cloud of suspicion regarding PED or something?
   6. Dr. Vaux Posted: January 16, 2009 at 01:01 AM (#3053310)
I'd guess they're suspicious of his declining K-rates.
   7. shattnering his Dominicano G Strings on that Mound Posted: January 16, 2009 at 01:03 AM (#3053311)
Did he also lose velocity last season?
   8. shattnering his Dominicano G Strings on that Mound Posted: January 16, 2009 at 01:10 AM (#3053314)
And in what way is Doug David-->"Proven Commodity" a good thing? He hasn't been a world beater in Arizona, and is recovering from cancer. Shouldn't Arizona have pushed harder for Lowe? Their rotation doesn't instill much confidence after Webb-n-Haren.
   9. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: January 16, 2009 at 01:16 AM (#3053317)
Did he also lose velocity last season?

According to Fangraphs, his velocity actually improved slightly in 2008 compared to his previous two years.
   10. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: January 16, 2009 at 01:53 AM (#3053332)
#2 was awesome!
   11. Walt Davis Posted: January 16, 2009 at 01:57 AM (#3053333)
"Pirates thought to be interested in Casey Fossum, Alay Soler, Brian Falkenborg"

Well, they're upgrades on JVB.

(and well played)
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2009 at 01:57 AM (#3053334)
Does a free agent signing for a pitcher labeled an "innings eater" ever end well?
   13. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 16, 2009 at 02:22 AM (#3053349)
The Brewers could do worse things than sign Garland.......
   14. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: January 16, 2009 at 02:22 AM (#3053350)
The term was thrown around a lot to describe Derek Lowe when he signed with LAD, and that turned out pretty well.

Basically, if a guy consistently posts 200+ IP over the course of several seasons, he's doing something right.
   15. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 16, 2009 at 02:26 AM (#3053353)
The Mariners are 0 for 3 with innings-eaters currently on their roster. I guess Washburn has been pretty good, but he was clearly better on the Angels.

I thought Jake Westbrook was a good example, but he was never really a free agent, just re-signed by the Indians.
   16. aberg Posted: January 16, 2009 at 02:30 AM (#3053355)
Innings are on the long list of things CC Sabathia is willing to eat, so we'll see how that turns out.
   17. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: January 16, 2009 at 05:38 AM (#3053426)
Garland was average in the first half of 2008 and gawd-awful in the 2nd half of the season. He had a .322 BA against post ASB. He had an ERA of 5.99 and gave up 102 hits and 20 BB in 76 innings post ASB. Shoot, looking at his splits from last year is amazing. He had ERA's over 6.00 in the following AL parks last year:

Fenway, Arlington, Safeco, Camden Yards, McAfee and Comerica. He got rocked away from the Big "A".

Anyway, he looked bad at the end of the season - not sure I'd offer more than a Lohse-like 1 year plus option deal. If he doesn't like it he can take his 4.90 ERA somewhere else...
   18. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 16, 2009 at 06:48 AM (#3053447)
"Pirates thought to be interested in Casey Fossum, Alay Soler, Brian Falkenborg"

Is it more or less funny once you know about this? And this?
   19. Darnell McDonald had a farm Posted: January 16, 2009 at 06:53 AM (#3053450)
Phoenix isn't ready for Jon Garland
   20. 1k5v3L Posted: January 16, 2009 at 06:53 AM (#3053451)
I'm not sure Garland is a very safe bet to ever pitch 200 innings in a season again.
My gut tells me the Dbacks dodged a major bullet, with "Russ Ortiz v.2" written on it...
   21. 1k5v3L Posted: January 16, 2009 at 06:54 AM (#3053452)
Phoenix isn't ready for Jon Garland
Gracie is, however: Gas! Car! Gar!
   22. Walt Davis Posted: January 16, 2009 at 09:08 AM (#3053476)
The Brewers could do worse things than sign Garland.......

One Suppan is enough I'm sure.
   23. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 16, 2009 at 10:38 AM (#3053486)
"The Brewers could do worse things than sign Garland..."

I'm still saddened by the lack of progress on the Ozorede Memorial Mound.

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