Indians Close To Deal With Jon Garland

The Indians are working on a deal for free agent righty Jon Garland, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  This morning ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that Garland "is getting a minor league deal" with the Indians, but still has to pass his physical.  Garland, 32, made nine starts for the Dodgers to begin the 2011 season before having July surgery to clean out debris in his shoulder.  

Two weeks after the surgery, Garland said he expected to be ready for spring training, explaining to's Ken Gurnick and AJ Cassavell, "I was very satisfied with what the doctor said. He's upbeat. The labrum was almost pristine. The cuff was a little worse than he thought, but a lot of what he found was just scar tissue and bursitis. He shaved down the bone so things move smoothly. A layoff like this can only help the rest of my body."

The Indians added Derek Lowe and Kevin Slowey this offseason, with the latter likely battling for the fifth starter job with David Huff and Jeanmar Gomez, according to's Jordan Bastian.  Fausto Carmona, who was previously penciled in, is an unknown due to false identity charges.

Prior to 2011, Garland had posted nine consecutive seasons of at least 190 regular season innings.  He signed a team-friendly one-year, $5MM deal with the Dodgers in November of 2010.  At that time it seemed likely to become a two-year, $13MM contract, as an $8MM option for 2012 was to vest with Garland's customary 190 innings.  Now it seems the California native may wind up back in the AL Central, after spending the first eight seasons of his career with the White Sox.

This post was originally published on February 13th.

24 Responses to Indians Close To Deal With Jon Garland Leave a Reply

  1. Blue387 3 years ago

    If he could sign for an affordable deal and has recovered fully, he would be a great bargain.

  2. So if we land him, the staff is Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin, Jon Garland, Roberto Hernandez Heredia (The Man Formally known as Fausto Carmona), Derek Lowe, Kevin Slowey, Jeanmar Gomez, Mitch Talbot, with outside shots for Scott Barnes, Kelvin De La Cruz, Hector Rondon, and Zach McAllister… I guess you can never have too many arms. 

    • dpm21 3 years ago

      Rondon was cut this offseason and Talbots in Japan so I don’t think you can count them

      • R34P3R_BOB 3 years ago

        Rondon was not cut, He’s just not on the 40 man.

  3. Jim Blevins 3 years ago

    carlos carrasco is out with TJ surgury this year

  4. Jim Blevins 3 years ago

    also, wasnt Talbot DFA’d? 

  5. Jim Blevins 3 years ago

    and you might not even see fauxsto this year

  6. Mike Mark Sopp 3 years ago

    Rumor is the Indians are one of the teams in the running for Burnett with the idea that Travis Hafner would be heading to the Yankees.  It would solve the Yankees problem of wanting a lefty hitting DH, but the Indians would be saddled with another bad contract for a few more years.  

    • dpm21 3 years ago

      even though I can’t wait for hafner to be off of our payroll, I’d rather have him on the team then Burnett

  7. josh 3 years ago

    yeah that’d be awful for the mets

  8. Jon Garland??? Why??
    I would rather have Wayne Garland at this point!

  9. blovy8 3 years ago

    They could get Lannan from the Nats for not too much, he’d be a more legitimate lefty starter than Huff.

  10. dpm21 3 years ago

    I’d rather not have burnett’s 10+ million dollar contract

  11.  Roberto Hernandez Heredia

  12. You missed a golden opportunity for “Player to be re-named later” joke there..

  13.  Same here. Burnett would not be a good fit for the tribes rotation.

  14. LiveFastCyYoung 3 years ago

    Pretty sure it was a joke. Player to be NAMED later. Get it? Har har.

  15. ellisburks 3 years ago


  16. stl_cards16 3 years ago

    I don’t think he’s the one that missed it……….

  17. ellisburks 3 years ago

    I wouldn’t take it personally that this post was attached to you Willingham. I liked your monkey!

  18. chico65 3 years ago

    TMI, Ellis.

    What are the Indians trying to do, corner the market on mediocre starting pitching?

  19. ellisburks 3 years ago

    You are just jealous! 😉

  20. guess that means their out of the AJ Burnett running? lol

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