The Toronto Blue Jays added a solid piece to their bullpen by agreeing to a deal with right-handed Yimi Garcia on Saturday. according to several reports. The deal is valued at $ 11 million over two years, with a team option for a third, according to TSN’s Scott Mitchell.
Garcia split the 2021 campaign between the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros, registering an ERA of 4.21 over 62 appearances. He served as the Marlins’ primary closer for the first half of the season and garnered 15 parades. He was put in a less leverage role when he joined the Astros.
While his ERA increased from 3.47 to 5.48 after moving to Houston, his FIP actually decreased from 4.19 to 3.36, largely due to an increase in his strikeout rate and a simultaneous decrease in his walk rate.
The 31-year-old has seven years of MLB experience, five of which with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has a 3.60 ERA for his career.
Toronto’s auxiliary corps were a major weakness last year, especially before the team took over Trevor Richards and Adam Cimber mid-season. Garcia plans to give manager Charlie Montoyo another late game weapon to use alongside Richards, Cimber, Tim Mayza and the closer Jordan Romano.
Garcia is the Blue Jays’ first significant off-season free agent deal, but the team is expected to be active in the coming months. Toronto has been linked to a number of the top players available, including Kevin Gausman, American League winner Cy Young, Robbie Ray, and MVP finalist Marcus Semien.
The Blue Jays are looking to improve on their 91-victory season in which they finished one game behind a playoff spot.
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