Freddy Garcia Injures Shoulder

Free-agent righthander Freddy Garcia, who had been pitching well in Venezuela, left his most recent start with shoulder discomfort.

No word yet on whether he is in fact injured, but the news can’t be good for his bargaining position this winter.

My best guess is that his agent will report that Garcia “felt some stiffness” and “was removed as a cautionary measure” and “his shoulder is 100%”.

Regardless, Garcia likely just lost a shot at a big-league deal, and may have to settle for a minor-league, incentive-laden contract, with an invite to someone’s spring training.

That said, I’d like to see the Mets extend him such an offer.

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