Jon Garland to the Duds

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jon Garland throws a pitch to the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on September 19, 2010. St. Louis won the game 4-1. UPI/Bill Greenblatt Photo via Newscom


San Diego Padres free agent pitcher signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. He signed for a one-year $5 million contract with an option next year. The option is for $8 million and is automatically picked up if he pitches 190 innings.

Garland turned down the $6.75 million option that the Padres had this season and decided to move up north. The Padres will pick up a supplemental draft pick with him signing with the Dodgers.

The Padres will be looking to find a veteran starting pitcher this offseason to eat up the innings that Garland took. Garland was not spectacular, but he was reliable and provided relief for the bullpen when it was his turn to pitch.

There are a few candidates that we can look to fill his spot. Playing half our games in PETCO Park is an attractive commodity to starting pitchers, especially pitchers that need something to prove. I can see the Padres in a conversations with pitchers like Kevin Millwood and Brandon Webb. Both are veteran pitchers that still have some stuff left in the tank and can eat up some innings. Let’s see what our man Jed Hoyer has up his sleeve.

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  • Larry Faria

    Garland may be hard to replace. Guys like Millwood can shoulder the load, but had pretty high salaries, and aren’t going to like the size of the pay cut to what the Padres can afford. Thers, like Brandon Webb and Jeff Francis, don’t have Garland’s track record for innings pitched. If the Padres take a flyer on a guy who might not pitch much, they can re-sign Chris Young as a known quantity. There’s the shortage of middle infielders and catchers too, That tells me this off-season may not be as productive as last season was.

  • Ernie Padaon

    this off-season has not looked good so far for us. We have picked up a center fielder, but there is a lot of work that Jed Hoyer still has to do. I have confidence in him and his work. It is hard to watch a lot of our player move onto different teams, but I still feel that Jed has some stuff up his sleeve.