Dodgers Say Goodbye to Yimi Garcia

The Dodgers made it official today by optioning to non-tender RHP Yimi Garcia – making him a free agent. The Dodgers 40-man roster now stands at 39 active players. Garcia signed with the Dodgers back in 2009 and had a career 5-11 record with a 3.66 ERA. Near the end of the 2015 season, Yimi underwent Tommy John surgery and was able to return in 2018 traveling between LA and OKC. Garcia was then out of minor league options before the 2019 season began, but he managed to stay in the big leagues the entire season by pitching in 62.1 innings over 64 games. Even with a 3.61 ERA, Garica allowed 15 home runs and had a FIP of 5.19. His WHIP of 0.866 looked pretty impressive, while holding opposing batters to a .178  average but it wasn’t enough to land Garcia on the NLDS roster.

 

Garcia was projected to make around $1.2 million, but will have to find that from another team instead. He throws a pretty hard fastball, changeup, and slider with some solid movement. Garcia only had a K/9 of 9.5. A lot of fans might be celebrating the departure from Yimi, but the 29 year-old did show some promising flashes throughout the season.

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