12. Freddy Garcia in 2007
“We got an ace,” everybody thought when the Phillies acquired Freddy Garcia from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez. That didn’t last long.
In the 58 innings he pitched, Garcia had a 5.90 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. In 11 games, he gave up 12 home runs. Opponents batted .318 and had an OPS of .942 off the right hander.
Garcia had a record of 1-5. The one win was infamously known as the $10 million win because of his salary.
His worst outing came in June, against the lowly Kansas City Royals. In 1.2 inning, Garcia managed to give up 6 runs. June was a pleasant month for Garcia. He posted a 15.43 ERA during the month.
Garcia may have been hurt before the season started, and the Phillies made a mistake by not giving him a physical when he was acquired. Garcia was eventually placed on the disabled list in with a shoulder injury.
Garcia signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets, however, he may not be in camp much longer. For the fifth spot in the rotation, Garcia is up against Tim Redding, Jon Niese, and the current front-runner, Livan Hernandez.