Dodgers and RHP Garland agree to $5M, 1-year deal
The Los Angeles Dodgers completed their starting rotation for 2011 by agreeing to a deal with right-hander Jon Garland.
The $5 million, one-year contract includes a club option and could be worth $16 million over two seasons.
Garland joins Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda and Ted Lilly to give Los Angeles one of the deepest sets of starters in the major leagues.
The right-hander went 14-12 with a 3.47 ERA in 200 innings for the San Diego Padres in 2010. He is 131-114 with a 4.32 ERA in his 11-season career.
''I can't recall having five that would have the ability to make 30-plus starts and throw as many innings as they do,'' general manager Ned Colletti said on a conference call Friday night. ''I felt we needed to shore up our pitching as best we could and to do it with five starters.''
In 2009, Garland played for Arizona and Los Angeles and went 11-12 with a 4.01 ERA. He was acquired by Los Angeles on Aug. 31 for infielder Tony Abreu and went 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA in six starts for the Dodgers.
''I think it's a great ballpark for my style of pitching and I think I have a lot to offer to that team,'' Garland said on the same conference call.
The 31-year-old can make $3 million in performance bonuses next year. Los Angeles has an $8 million team option for 2012 that could become guaranteed depending on his 2011 performance.
He hinted that he might have passed up some multiyear offers to rejoin the Dodgers, saying ''if there were (any such deals possible), they weren't the greatest.''
Garland has pitched at least 190 innings every season since 2002, his first full year as a starter.
''A lot of teams are worried how I'm going to hold up after stacking 2,000 innings,'' Garland said.
Colletti viewed Garland's experience and consistency as a positive - he's had double-digit win totals in every season since 2002.
''He's always won his fare share of games throughout the course of the season,'' Colletti said. ''As we said, we set out to improve our rotation, and I think adding Jon kind of caps it off in a good way.''