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UPDATE: The Indians sign Jon Garland to a minor league deal

Feb 13, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

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UPDATE: It’s now being reported that the Indians have a minor league deal in place for Garland, pending a physical.

8:50 AMKen Rosenthal reports this morning that the Indians are “working on” a deal for righty Jon Garland.

Garland used to be a decent innings-eater, but the innings ate him last year. His season ended in July with rotator cuff surgery.  He’s not likely to start spring training on time or, at the very least, at 100%.  I’d assume that this would be a minor league deal with lots of incentives built in if he makes the club.

  1. Lukehart80 - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Take THAT, American League!

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Excellent signing.

  3. Lukehart80 - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Keith Law rated the Indians as having the second worst minor league system in all of baseball, but that was BEFORE Jon Garland was inked to a minor league deal!

  4. Lukehart80 - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    This sets the table for Garland vs. Verlander, Game 163, with the Central Division crown riding on the arms of those two great warriors.

    Advantage: Cleveland.

  5. Lukehart80 - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Not since the halcyon days of Rapid Robert Feller has the Tribe been able to trot out so able an ace as Garland.

  6. Lukehart80 - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Now that the Indians have acquired a vast wealth of starting pitchers, perhaps a trade is in order. I should think the Braves would be interested in a reunion with Derek Lowe. Jason Heyward and cash considerations seems a fair price.

  7. Lukehart80 - Feb 13, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    “Iook like I got outta teh al just in time indians team no joke lol” – @OzzieGuillen

  8. ispysomething7 - Feb 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    With all these minor league signings, the Columbus Clippers are going to be the bomb!

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