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Pirates signing a lefthanded pitcher
Dec 6th, 2022 at 1:03pm
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The Pirates are close to a deal with left-hander Jarlín García, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. It will apparently be a one-year deal with a club option. Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the deal is done, pending a physical.

Garcia, 30 in January, has seen MLB action in each of the past six seasons, the first three with the Marlins and the last three with the Giants. He made 58 appearances for the Giants in 2022, logging 65 innings and finishing the year with a 3.74 ERA, 20.7% strikeout rate, 6.7% walk rate and 39.1% ground ball rate.
  
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Re: Pirates signing a lefthanded pitcher
Reply #1 - Dec 6th, 2022 at 2:29pm
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MLB reporting the Pirates sign Vince Velasquez to a 1 year, $3.15M contract.

Saw enough of this guy while he was with the Phillies. IMO it's wasted money. Great arm, but a 10 cent head. Believes he's a starter, but he never panned out. Had one great game where he struck out 16, then was shelled for the rest of the year.

That being said, now he'll have a great 1st half and fetch a prospect at the trade deadline.
  
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Reply #2 - Dec 6th, 2022 at 2:29pm
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I like this signing (Garcia), and TBH would love to have Banuelos back also.

Baby steps.
  

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Reply #3 - Dec 6th, 2022 at 2:34pm
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Javy wrote on Dec 6th, 2022 at 2:29pm:
MLB reporting the Pirates sign Vince Velasquez to a 1 year, $3.15M contract.

Saw enough of this guy while he was with the Phillies. IMO it's wasted money. Great arm, but a 10 cent head. Believes he's a starter, but he never panned out. Had one great game where he struck out 16, then was shelled for the rest of the year.

That being said, now he'll have a great 1st half and fetch a prospect at the trade deadline.

Lot of HR's and a lot of walks. I wonder how he'll be used, as a SP a RP or a hybrid guy?

I like seeing his WHIP dropped dramatically, and he's a strikeout per inning type of guy. But wow, those walks and long balls.
  

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Reply #4 - Dec 6th, 2022 at 2:48pm
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This year was a career best 3.0 walks per 9 innings for him.

I have to believe he sold himself as a starter, because he was unhappy when the Phils finally took him out of the rotation. He struggled as a RP, but that may have been due to being unhappy in that role. Maybe he adjusted his thought process with the White Sox.

Like you pointed out, he gives up a lot of long HR's. He could make LF in PNC play small!
  
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Reply #5 - Dec 6th, 2022 at 3:14pm
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Vince Velasquez


I always confuse this name with Virgil Vasquez, and am amazed he's still in the majors.
  

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Re: Pirates signing a lefthanded pitcher
Reply #6 - Dec 6th, 2022 at 3:31pm
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Javy wrote on Dec 6th, 2022 at 2:29pm:
MLB reporting the Pirates sign Vince Velasquez to a 1 year, $3.15M contract.

Saw enough of this guy while he was with the Phillies. IMO it's wasted money. Great arm, but a 10 cent head. Believes he's a starter, but he never panned out. Had one great game where he struck out 16, then was shelled for the rest of the year.

That being said, now he'll have a great 1st half and fetch a prospect at the trade deadline.

I am right with you Javy. Watched him with the Phillies and
was never impressed. Will have one good game and then 3-4 lousy games.
  
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Reply #7 - Dec 6th, 2022 at 3:33pm
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Surgnbuck wrote on Dec 6th, 2022 at 2:29pm:
I like this signing (Garcia), and TBH would love to have Banuelos back also.

Baby steps.

Don't know much about Garcia but I will take your word
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Reply #8 - Dec 6th, 2022 at 3:41pm
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Hey, neither Garcia or Velasquez may be that good, but they are 2 pitchers, so BC is closer to doing what he said he would do.

Garcia may be the more important of the 2 because he is a lefty.  And perhaps Velasquez is around only until the Bucs determine if Ortiz, Burrows, and/or Priester are ready to join a major league rotation.

With these 2 signings the Bucs will have used their open roster slots and they still need to add 2 catchers to the major league roster.  Perhaps this means that the Bucs will not be active in the Rule V Draft. While there is still some duff on the roster, barring a trade, the number of players who can easily be cut is dwindling.
  
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Reply #9 - Dec 6th, 2022 at 3:53pm
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MaineBucs wrote on Dec 6th, 2022 at 3:41pm:
With these 2 signings the Bucs will have used their open roster slots and they still need to add 2 catchers to the major league roster.  Perhaps this means that the Bucs will not be active in the Rule V Draft. While there is still some duff on the roster, barring a trade, the number of players who can easily be cut is dwindling.   

I think there are a number of them: Underwood Jr., Max Kranick (though I think he'll be able to be put on the 60 day) so there's two guys right now.

As each day passes, looking more and more like they might possibly be thinking the impossible, Endy Rodriguez opening the year in the bigs.  But I still think they want to pick up a couple of catchers. There's some guys on the 40 man roster I think they could trade, like Marcano and Castillo, and let's not forget some of these guys we've not really seen play, like Vilade and Selby for instance. They protected Triolo, which is still a bit of a head scratcher seeing as it looks like he's primarily just a third baseman. He most certainly looks to be trade bait.

So there's guys that I can see easily traded/cut.
  

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Reply #10 - Dec 6th, 2022 at 6:47pm
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Surgnbuck wrote on Dec 6th, 2022 at 2:29pm:
I like this signing (Garcia), and TBH would love to have Banuelos back also.

Baby steps.

I like this too. He's been an effective LHP the last few years. Good signing!

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/garcija04.shtml
  

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Re: Pirates signing a lefthanded pitcher
Reply #11 - Dec 16th, 2022 at 3:32pm
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Is it not a little surprising that the signing of Garcia has not yet been made official? It is about 10 days since they said he was going to sign with the Pirates. I wonder if there was something wrong with his physical, or possibly he just not yet has come to Pittsburgh. To me there seems like a delay to finalize the agreement. A roster move does need to happen whenever the deal becomes official, but it should not be difficult to remove someone from the current roster.
  
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