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Monday, December 28, 2009
Do you want Jon Garland?

By Richard Durrett

Nick Cafardo, in his baseball notes for The Boston Globe, wrote that Texas "appears to be the early leader" for free agent right-handed starter Jon Garland.


The 30-year-old has made at least 32 starts in every season since 2002, so he's guy that can give you innings, throwing at least 190 in that span as well. But his best ERA as a starter was 3.50 in 2005, his best career season. He won 18 games that year for the White Sox, who won the World Series. Last season, with Arizona and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Garland was 11-13 with a 4.02 ERA. He had 61 walks and 109 strikeouts in 204 innings. Opponents hit .282 against him.


The numbers don't exactly jump out at you, do they? But I still think this makes sense for the Rangers. He's an experienced pitcher that goes out every fifth day and pitches. His history shows he stays healthy and pitches. That would be valuable in the rotation. The question will be price and what the Rangers can afford. The top priority now is a right-handed bat. Texas may have to wait until Jason Bay and Matt Holliday are signed to have a better idea of what it might take to sign a Jermaine Dye or Vladimir Guerrero.


But if they can get Garland at an affordable price, I'm interested. Are you?