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Rafael Soriano in the rotation

Postby jay » Fri Dec 12, 2003 10:44 pm

5. Freddy Garcia
Garcia couldn't be any more available this week if the Mariners painted his face on a billboard on Bourbon Street. Now that they've signed Guardado and Shigetoshi Hasegawa, they're set to move Rafael Soriano into the rotation. And that figures to mean bye-bye Freddy, one way or another. True, Garcia is only 27. And he has a higher career winning percentage (72-43, .626) than Bartolo Colon, Kevin Millwood or Curt Schilling. But he stands to make $8 million to $9 million in arbitration. He's coming off a 12-14 season in which he won only three of his last 17 starts. And clubs we've spoken to aren't sure about either his physical conditioning or his dedication to duty. Nevertheless, we're hearing the White Sox are thinking seriously about him. On the other hand, it's also possible the Mariners will nontender him if they can't trade him.

Hope there is some elaboration on that in the coming months.
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Postby Peter_Gammons_Replacement » Fri Dec 12, 2003 10:47 pm

Also should be noted he pitched in one of the top pitcher friendly parks in the bigs. There's no way anyone will pay $8+ million for the guy.

Soriano should shine.

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Postby Madison » Fri Dec 12, 2003 11:13 pm

Nice to see that Soriano will get a shot in the rotation. Should be very nice. :-)
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