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Freddy Garcia tops Manny Ramirez to become the highest paid player in Taiwan

Apr 29, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Rather than accept another minor-league contract and try to pitch his way back to the majors again 37-year-old right-hander Freddy Garcia has signed with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan, where he’ll be the highest-player in the history of the league.

Who previously held that distinction? None other than Manny Ramirez, who played in Taiwan last season and hit .352. Garcia’s deal is worth $56,000 per month for seven months, according to the Associated Press, and apparently Ramirez’s positive experience playing in Taiwan helped convince Garcia to follow suit.

Garcia looked set to be part of the Braves’ starting rotation coming out of spring training, but instead Atlanta opted to release him. Now he’ll earn quite a bit more than he would have pitching at Triple-A and, if Ramirez’s experience is any indication, Garcia will probably have a lot of fun playing in Taiwan too.

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  1. crispybasil - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    If there’s a headline that screams “2014!” more than this one, I can’t think of it.

  2. dwrek5 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Freddy being Freddy?

  3. gmagic9044 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Will he still “make pitch” in Taiwan?

  4. renaado - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    There goes my chance about him playin for the slumpin LG Twins.

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