It took a few weeks to sort out, but the Pittsburgh Pirates have officially signed left-handed reliever Jarlín García
During Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings news broke that the Pittsburgh Pirates had signed left-handed reliever Jarlín García to a free agent contract. The Winter Meetings took place during the first weekend and into the first week of December, but the García signing is finally official.
The deal in the Pittsburgh Pirates making the García signing official was due to Visa issues combined with the holidays. However, García was able to get things sorted out and make it to Pittsburgh to make the signing official. García will be under team control through 2024 as his contract includes an option year.
Last season, García pitched 65.0 innings in 58 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants. García posted a 3.74 ERA and a 4.27 FIP with the Giants in 2022. The 29-year-old lefty walked just 6.7% of batters faced, while striking batters out at a 20.7% clip and allowing home runs at a 1.38 HR/9 rate.
In 322.0 MLB innings, García owns a 3.61 ERA, 4.44 FIP, 7.9% walk rate, 19.6% strikeout rate, and a home run rate of 1.26 HR/9. He has pitched for the Miami Marlins in addition to the Giants and has made 285 career appearances. Of García's 285 career appearances seven came as a starter, with all seven of these starts coming in 2018.
García becomes one of just two left-handed pitchers currently on the Pirate 40-man roster, joining Rule 5 Draft addition Jose Hernandez. Both García and Hernandez will likely be in the team's Opening Day bullpen. In fact, García appears to be one of the best relievers in the Pirate bullpen ahead of the 2023 season.
To make room on the 40-man roster the Pittsburgh Pirates have designated pitcher Bryse Wilson for assignment. Wilson posted a 5.52 ERA, 5.53 FIP, and allowed home runs at a 1.56 HR/9 rate.