12:20pm: Mackey relays that the 2023 salary will be $2.5MM with the club option for 2024 valued at $3.25MM.
11:47am: The Pirates are close to a deal with left-hander Jarlín García, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. It will apparently be a one-year deal with a club option. Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the deal is done, pending a physical. The financials of the deal aren’t yet publicly known. The lefty is represented by Paul Kinzer.
García, 30 in January, has seen MLB action in each of the past six seasons, the first three with the Marlins and the last three with the Giants. He made 58 appearances for the Giants in 2022, logging 65 innings and finishing the year with a 3.74 ERA, 20.7% strikeout rate, 6.7% walk rate and 39.1% ground ball rate.
The Giants could have retained García for 2023 via arbitration, as he has between five and six years of MLB service time. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projected García for a salary of $2.4MM but the Giants instead opted to non-tender him and send him to the open market.
As of this moment, the Pirates don’t have a single left-handed pitcher on their 40-man roster. That makes García a very sensible addition for the club. Like most southpaws, he fares better against batters that hit from left side. For his career, lefties have hit García to the tune of .206/.268/.338 while righties have a line of .235/.304/.428. The Pirates have been deep in rebuild territory for a few years now and don’t seem likely to suddenly jump into contention but García can potentially help them in multiple ways this year. He should give the club an option to tackle tough lefty hitters on opposing teams and will likely find himself in trade rumors at the deadline if he’s successful.