Dodgers reach deal with Garland

BY Ken Rosenthal • November 26, 2010

The Dodgers have reached agreement with free-agent right-hander Jon Garland on a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

The deal includes a $5 million base salary plus $3 million in incentives for reaching thresholds between 150 and 190 innings.

He turned down his end of a $6.75 million mutual option with the Padres and actually received less guaranteed money with L.A. Garland wanted to stay on the west coast.

Garland, 31, went 14-12 with a 3.47 ERA last season for the Padres, one of the Dodgers’ chief division rivals. He's worked 190 or more innings in each of the past nine seasons.

The addition of Garland gives the Dodgers five starting pitchers who last season each won 10 or more games, posted an ERA under 3.65 and made 30 or more starts.

The other members of the rotation are left-handers Ted Lilly and Clayton Kershaw and righties Hiroki Kuroda and Chad Billingsley. The team continues to look for a swingman who could start on occasion as well.

The Dodgers have been among the most aggressive teams this offseason, signing Garland and re-signing both Lilly and Kuroda. They continue to look for additional power, seeking possible upgrades at first base, third base and left field.

The agreement between Garland and the Dodgers first was reported by the Los Angeles Times.



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