Garland Declines Option, Hits Free Agency

Jon Garland declined his side of his 2011 mutual option with the Padres, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times (on Twitter). Garland obtains a $300K buyout from the Padres, instead of the $600K he would have received if he had wanted to exercise his $6.75MM option and the team had declined it.

Garland logged exactly 200 innings in 2010, pitching to a 3.47 ERA. The 31-year-old posted 6.1 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9 in his 33 starts. Back in May, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes suggested Garland could look to match the two-year $15MM deal Jason Marquis signed as a free agent a year ago.

If the Padres offer arbitration and Garland declines and signs elsewhere, San Diego will obtain a supplementary round pick in the 2011 draft as compensation for losing a Type B free agent.

21 Responses to Garland Declines Option, Hits Free Agency Leave a Reply

  1. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    The Pirates should look into Garland. I don’t think I would invest too much money in him, but if he’s willing to sign for cheap then they should definitely do that.

    • Jason_F 5 years ago

      Well, he obviously thinks he’s going to make more than $6.75M. Consider that cheap?

  2. BravesRed 5 years ago

    Arbitration will be offered. Padres will either get a pick or pay him around the opinion amount.

  3. GasLampGuru 5 years ago

    I have a hard time seeing a guy who doesn’t miss bats and battles control issues making more than $6.75M. He had a very nice season this year, and was a huge part of an exciting season for Padres fans, but he’s not an ace. You have to wonder if he and the Padres will work out a multi-year deal somewhere around that $6.75M price tag considering there isn’t a better park for him to pitch in.

    • Eric 5 years ago

      I could see Garland playing for the M’s. The Mariners will be looking for a veteran innings-eater this off-season, and the Safe is a pitchers park. Although the veteran will likely be one coming off of a poor year for money reasons (Millwood or Vazquez), I think Seattle is a reasonable choice of destination for Garland.

    • SplitFingeredPujol 5 years ago

      You don’t have to be an ace to get more than $6.75M guaranteed. He might not get the same figure in terms of annual salary, but I think he can certainly get 2Y/$10M. There’s eomething to be said for 200 league average innings. Garland has shown an ability to provide that in the AL, and the ability to provide more than that in the NL. For an AL contender in need of a 4/5 SP, or an AL team full of young SP’s in need of innings eaters, he’s a solid signing at 2/10 I think. For a NL team in similar situations, he’s probably worth more.

  4. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Wow! I didn’t see this one coming!

  5. so whos going to take his spot in the rotation? will our starting 5 be:
    latos, stauffer, richard, leubke, ?

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Simon Castro.

      • Castro’s not ready. The team will sign a new veteran to take Garland’s place and depending on how the season plays out, Castro will be up in the summer or September.

    • Cankersly 5 years ago

      They’ll sign a FA. Harang would be a good fit and could probably be had for cheap by the Padres. He needs to re-build value and is a San Diego native so I’m sure he’d jump at the chance to pitch for the Padres.

  6. Craig Cutler 5 years ago

    Man I’m glad St. Louis didn’t trade for this guy when he had his best years w/ the Sox. Cause that ended quick.

  7. HHHDMS 5 years ago

    Garland will find a job somewhere easily…hes an innings eater and has on occasion pitched very well..On an offensive club he probably would be like 14 – 8 or something

  8. cubfan4life 5 years ago

    I could see him getting something like 2/14 from a big ballpark team. Perhaps Seattle? They are in need of some help in the rotation and in that park with that OF defense he could easily match the win total from this year.

    As far as a replacement for him in SD a couple names to keep your eye on, Kevin Millwood, Doug Davis, Bruce Chen, Jeremy Bonderman, and potentially Brandon Webb.

    Davis and Chen ar both inexpensive veterans who are serviceable to give their young guys another year to work in AAA>

    Bonderman and Webb are both risk/reward guys. Webb and the injury risk and Bonderman could be a classic change of scenery guy.

    The guy i like for the spot is Millwood. Veteran guy, cheap(ish) due to his off year, and could be a solid guy moving to the NL and into PetCo he could find himself with 13-15 wins in SD.

    It just depends on the direction that the team is going to take to start the year.

  9. FishFan03 5 years ago

    come to Miami Jon!

  10. I’m sorry, but anybody who is stupid enough to pay Jon Garland $15 million deserves to get scammed.

  11. Braun4Pres 5 years ago

    Milwaukee Brewers better at least look into this. We definitely have the bats to battle through his “rough outings” and God knows we could use an innings eater/reliable pitcher. 200 innings of 4.0 era ball is good with me.

    • No offense, but didn’t you guys learn your lesson from Wolf? Wolf is a better pitcher than Garland, and yet you still saw how THAT worked out.

      • Braun4Pres 5 years ago

        Hey brov, I understand your point, and yes I do remember what happened with Wolf last year. I do also remember once he got back to form, (August and later) and realized if he pitched like that all year, his contract would have been worth it.
        Also, when you are in Milwaukee, we can’t bring in the “A” List guys without severely overpaying. We have the cap space for Lee, and you think he’d come, even if we offered the most? I’ll answer that for you, he’d say thank you, but I’m going in another direction.

        Garland is a legitimate 4-5 guy, and we need one. Hell we actually need 2, but he’d be a start.

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