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Dodgers: Yimi Garcia Not Tendered a Contract, Released to Free Agency

The day has finally come for Yimi Garcia.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Yimi Garcia #63 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

Yimi Garcia has finally met his fate that almost seemed inevitable. Garcia has been non-tendered by the Dodgers, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

Outside of Garcia, it appears that all other arbitration-eligible players were tendered contracts tonight. The Dodgers had until 8 p.m. Eastern Time to make decisions on each of their arbitration-eligible players and they have come in rather late as we have come to expect from Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers.

Additionally, the Dodgers came to agreements with left-handed reliever Scott Alexander and catcher Austin Barnes to avoid arbitration.

Garcia has always had the advanced stats to back up his case for a roster spot, but his results have been rather poor for quite some time. He once seemed to be a future back-end reliever, but is now a free agent on the fringes of the major leagues.

Garcia posted a 3.61 ERA, but a 5.19 FIP across 62 1/3 innings of work for the Dodgers in 2019. He should latch on as a low-leverage reliever with a forward-thinking type of club due to his background, but he simply had no place on the 40-man roster for the Dodgers. The Dodgers have enough relievers on the fringes of their roster like right-handers Casey Sadler and Josh Sborz.

The roster now sits at 39, leaving the club open to at least one move this winter.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. I said this before about Yimi García to bad Mark Prior did not fix this on Yimi if you look at his picture on top that’s the way he used to pitch when he first started In 2014 his pitching delivery started from 12 to 6 his fastball had a great angle and movement along with his breaking and change up pitches he was very successful but through the years he changed his pitching delivery to more of a side arm delivery and that’s when the problem started with his arm and his fastball was flat with no movement.

    • Just more incompetence from our coaching per usual. How this goes undetected for years is unbelievable like the hitting coaches allowing the offense to get worse and worse in the second half as they strayed away from what made them successful early

    • Yimi has always been vulnerable to serving up the long ball, especially in key situations where Dodgers needed to shut down an inning with minimal damage. In 2019 for example, he gave up 15 HR’s in only 62 and 1/3 innings. It got to the point that whenever he was brought in I knew that a home run was going to be served up by him and at usually the wrong times.

      • Hey, AZUL, just read this morning about all the free agents the Dodger FO has met with : Rendon, Strassburg, Cole, etc. Can you see Rendon being platooned? Or Cole being pulled early from a game due to sabremetrics? I do not!!! And neither does PD Jr.!!! The fans are being teased by the press and the FO!!!!! Go Blue!!!!

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