Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed right-handed pitcher Jon Garland to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training.
The Mariners have now invited 20 players to Major League Spring Training, including 12 pitchers (RHP – 10, LHP – 2), 4 catchers and 4 infielders. This is in addition to the current 40-man roster.
Garland, 33, is a veteran of 12 Major League seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2000-2007), Los Angeles Angels (2008), Arizona Diamondbacks (2009), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2009 and 2011) and San Diego Padres (2010). Garland, who did not pitch in 2012 recovering from a right shoulder injury, is 132-119 with a 4.32 ERA in 353 games, 330 starts in his career.
Garland averaged over 32 starts and 200.0 innings per from 2002-09, and was selected as an American League All-Star in 2005. Garland helped lead the White Sox to a World Series championship in 2005, going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his two postseason starts. He tossed a complete game in his postseason debut, striking out 7 and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Angels.
The native of Valencia, Calif., was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the first round (10th overall) in the 1997 June draft out of Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, where he was named a High School All-American as senior.