D-backs, Garland agree to terms

D-backs, Garland agree to terms

PHOENIX -- The D-backs strengthened their starting rotation on Wednesday by agreeing to terms with right-hander Jon Garland on a one-year deal with an option for 2010.

The club officially announced the deal Thursday at a news conference. According to ESPN.com, Garland will get $6.25 million in 2009 and the option for 2010 is for $10 million. Should the D-backs not elect to pick up the option, they would have to pay a $2.5 million buyout. If Garland declines the option, Arizona would owe him $1 million.

Arizona has been methodical in its quest to find a starting pitcher to replace Randy Johnson.

Two weeks ago, the D-backs made Garland an offer, which the 29-year-old turned down. It's not clear whether negotiations ended and were restarted or if there was continuing dialogue between the two sides, but following Garland's rejection, the D-backs offered a contract to free-agent lefty Randy Wolf and he also rejected it.

Garland, who has been looking for a multiyear deal in discussions with several teams, made $12 million last year. It is believed the D-backs had around $7 million left in their budget and they spoke with a number of free-agent hurlers as well as discussed trades with other clubs.

All along, Garland seemed to be their top target. He was 14-8 with 4.90 ERA in 32 starts for the Angels last season. In his nine-year career, he is 106-89.

Garland joins a rotation of Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Doug Davis and Max Scherzer.

Over each of the last seven years, Garland has thrown at least 190 innings, which gives the D-backs four pitchers that could each throw close to 200 innings. That would allow Arizona to pitch Scherzer out of the No. 5 spot in the rotation where his innings could be monitored. The club would like to keep him around the 170-inning mark.

The more innings the starters pitch, the less pressure there is on a bullpen that lost Juan Cruz and Brandon Lyon, two key components from last year's crew.

Hot Stove

Garland pitched well in the postseason for the White Sox in 2005. He was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts. He allowed two runs in going the distance in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Angels and allowed two runs over seven innings in Game 3 of the World Series. He left that game with a 5-4 lead that the bullpen was unable to hold.

The sinkerballer was originally signed by the Cubs after being selected with the 10th overall pick in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft. Garland was dealt to the White Sox prior to the non-waiver trade deadline in 1998.

After eight seasons with the White Sox, which included an All-Star selection in 2005, Garland was traded to the Angels last offseason in exchange for shortstop Orlando Cabrera.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.