It was reported yesterday, and it’s been debated already, but I feel it’s best to create a new thread for it: The Phillies have scouted Freddy Garcia.
Garcia, as you’ll remember, went 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA for the Phils last season. He then underwent shoulder and labrum surgery, and now he’s healthy. Other teams have scouted him, as well.
Forget the crap he gave us last season – is Garcia right for this team? I don’t know. He has a great past, but has declined in the past few years. He wouldn’t be much more than a contingency plan, a la Kris Benson. And with six starters already on the big league club, there’s really no reason to stack more starter contingency plans.
Instead, the Phils need to find a reliever. Seeing last night and what they got from a back end that now includes Clay Condrey, Les Walrond and misappropriated JA Happ, the Phils badly need some insurance there.