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Jon Garland may earn rotation spot with Mariners

Mar 15, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

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So says Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times:

Garland could have taken an offer from the Indians prior to signing with Seattle, but he came here after a talk with manager Eric Wedge. I wasn’t there for the chat, but I guaratnee you it went something like: “If you do what you did before, you will make this team.”

So far, Garland has looked very good this spring. Hitters are pounding the ball into the ground off him. He’s thrown 200 innings in a season before — none of the young guys have — and the Mariners need that kind of depth.

I’m assuming he stays.

Garland missed all of the 2012 season after having surgery on his right shoulder in July 2011. The 33-year-old has a career 4.32 ERA over his 12-year career. He was good as recently as 2010 pitching in the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park in San Diego. That year, he finished with a 3.47 ERA in an even 200 innings. Seattle’s Safeco Field is similarly pitcher-friendly, so Garland could potentially enjoy success with an opportunity, if given one.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    He can essentially take the place of Kevin Millwood, and that’s not bad.

  2. mazblast - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    If your goal is to play .450 ball, you put the likes of Jon Garland in your rotation. He’s a “we don’t aspire to being competitive” starting pitcher.

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