Twins Close To Acquiring LHP Jaime Garcia

Lynette Rowe
July 21, 2017

The Minnesota Twins are putting pressure on the Indians and Royals in the American League Central and acquiring Garcia will go a long way to prove that they are serious about contending this season, without mortgaging the farm system.

Not incredible, but enough that he could help a team in the hunt like the Twins who are now a half a game back of Cleveland for the division lead.

Reports all Thursday have said the two sides were talking about such a trade, and now Twins beat writer Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press says the deal is close to being finalized. With him being a rental for the rest of the season and a free agent after 2017, a marginal prospect should get the deal done.

The teams previously matched up on a deal in May for utility man Danny Santana that brought the Twins minor-league lefty Kevin Chapman, who has since been released.

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While Hughes is dealing with a recurrence of thoracic outlet syndrome in his throwing shoulder, Garcia made it back from 2014 surgery for the same ailment.

Medical issues are being explored by the Twins as they close in on an agreement. Garcia has never pitched more than 194 innings in a season, and that was in 2011, when he was 24.

In 17 starts and 106 innings, Garcia is 3-7 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

He also underwent shoulder surgery to fix labrum and rotator-cuff issues in 2013 while with the St. Louis Cardinals. Garcia's postseason record is 0-3, but with a respectable 3.94 ERA. That run differential has been hurt by a 4.91 ERA from the starters, the seventh-worst total in the league.

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