Freddy Garcia has seemingly done everything the Orioles could want. On Sunday, he won his fourth game with a defeat in five starts, allowing two earned runs and six hits in eight innings in Norfolk’s 4-3 win over Toledo.
Garcia became the first pitcher in the International League to win four games, but he doesn’t care about that. When he signed a minor league contract with the Orioles on March 29, it was for an audition, and he’s passed it.
However, Garcia wasn’t chosen to start on Monday. Zach Britton has. Perhaps if Britton doesn’t pitch well on Monday, Garcia would start next Saturday. Perhaps not.
While Garcia’s record in the International League has been fine, the Orioles have a lot more invested in Britton, Jake Arrieta, Steve Johnson and even Jair Jurrjens, who’s nearly a decade younger.
Last year, the Orioles signed Jamie Moyer and Miguel Tejada for look-sees in Norfolk, but neither of them got the call for Baltimore.
It will be interesting to see if the 36-year-old Garcia has demonstrated enough to interest any major league club in him.
He failed this spring and San Diego released him. He could probably continue pitching for the Tides if the Orioles don’t call him up this week if no one else wants him to pitch in the majors. It’s obvious that Garcia is insurance, and that’s good news for the Orioles. They have lots of other options, who are younger and have much more potential. They just don’t have 152 major league wins.