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A tempermental guy who brings with him some maturity issues. Garza was 10-6 with a 3.82 ERA between 24 starts with both the Cubs and Rangers. He still brings the heat, striking out 136 hitters in 150 IP. His WHIP was a respectable 1.23 as well. As a number five starter, Garza may be a good addition, and he’s only 30 years old this coming year. It’ll cost the Dodgers, as Garza earned $10.25 million last season. Maybe coming home to California will be enough for Matt to accept a home town discounted contract.
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It’s not that I really would want this guy, but he did show that he had something extra in the tank while pitching for Atlanta in September and then in the playoffs against us. Maybe a one year deal at $2 million would work. Again, allows the young guys to develop a bit longer, and in Garcia’s case, there’s a possibility that Billingsley could slide over and take his slot about mid-season when he’s ready to go.
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You’d think with all that Jimenez has been through, he would be much older than 29 years old, but he doesn’t reach 30 until the season begins. Ubaldo is a crafty veteran now of six full major league seasons and 2013 was a comeback of large proportions, as Jimenez was relevant for the first time since 2010, when he was 19-8 as a Rockie. Jimenez has never made more than $5.7 million in a season, so expect him to ask for a big pay increase. The Dodgers could give it. Perhaps he could see a major resurgence by returning to the NL West. This is a free agent to definitely think about.
He’s a big man with a big name and reputation, but injuries have set him back substantially. Doc is 36 years old now and he can’t bring the heat like he used to. Maybe a season in the NL West will do him good though. If he’s willing to take a one-year deal at a big pay cut to try and resurrect his career, maybe Los Angeles is the place to go.
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He has always had good stuff. 2013 was a fine season for him in KC. With a 1.142 WHIP and 3.24 ERA, Santana threw 211 innings. He still gives up the long ball, (26 on the year), the price he pays for having good control. Perhaps a year or two in spacious Chavez Ravine will work well for him. He won’t come cheap though. The Royals paid him $13 million last season.
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Bringing back Volquez might be worth the risk. He pitched fine in September for the blue and seemed to adjust well following a few tweaks to his delivery brought to his attention by Rick Honeycutt. Who knows? Maybe he’ll be open to returning at a discounted rate. This isn’t an ideal signing, but there could be much worse.
He’s 35 years old and he was getting lit up time after time. I don’t want him but a minor league invite could be a possibility. Let him pitch his way onto the team in Spring Training. In 2012 he pitched respectably enough to win two key post-season games. Maybe he is crafty enough to still get it done.