Right handed veteran pitcher Jon Garland production has gone up and down over the last couple of years. It’s pretty much a hit and miss whenever a team decides to bring him on board. You never know which Garland you’re going to get.
The long time Chicago White Sox pitcher has bounced around five teams since leaving the South Side back in 2007. He spent an entire year with the Los Angeles Dodgers of Anaheim before moving to the Arizona Diamondbacks after agreeing on a one year deal.
Jon found himself back in Los Angeles but this time as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was already in town while both clubs were going head to head in a series, so he didn’t have to spend a whole lot of time traveling. Just had to exchange uniforms and club houses.
After the year was up, the Dodgers declined his $10 million option for the 2010 season. Which resulted in him signing with another California team, the San Diego Padres. Garland recorded his 1,000th career strike out with the Padres as he defeated the Washington Nationals.
He later found himself with the Dodgers for the second time but was placed on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort. It was announced later on that he would have surgery and wouldn’t be able to pitch again during the 2011 season. And once again, the Dodgers declined his 2012 option but walked away with some money after they bought him out.
The Cleveland Indians stepped up to the plate for Garland’s services but later cancelled the deal after he failed to take his physical. Which eventually led to the Seattle Mariners picking him up. Jon was never guaranteed a spot on the roster, so he later opted out and became a free agent.
Shortly after becoming a free agent, the Colorado Rockies picked him up but was designated for assignment on June 10th. Now he hasn’t picked up much interest during the offseason. I’m sure the Minnesota Twins looked into him, they looked at every pitcher in the market.
Now according to Jon Morosi on Twitter, Garland may be sitting out the 2014 season. The 34 year old veteran could get contacted by a team at any time during the season, but he’ll more than likely give it another shot next year.
Jon Garland is probably not going to pitch in 2014, according to his agent, Craig Landis. He is 34, made 12 starts with Rockies last year.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 6, 2014
He made 12 starts with the Rockies, completing 68 innings of work. The right handed starter was tagged with 44 earned runs, struck out 32 batters while posting a 5.82 ERA.