Giants claim Garcia from Marlins, DFA Smith


Jarlin Garcia didn't go without a job for too long, the San Francisco Giants claimed him and designated reliever Burch Smith for assignment. Garcia was first brought up through the Marlins organization after being signed in 2011 to a minor league contract out of the Dominican Republic. He has spent 9 seasons combined at the minor league level and has gone 27-29 in 128 games including 98 starts. The left hander had an overall ERA of 3.76 with 451 strikeouts while tossing 541.2 innings of work.


Garcia broke into the majors in 2017 going 1-2 in 14 appearances for the Marlins that year with 42 strikeouts and managed a 4.73 ERA in 68 games. Overall while in Miami the 27 year old was 8-7 in 150 games and made 7 starts in the majors with a combined ERA of 4.29 and struck out 121 batters in 170 innings. Last season Garcia was 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 53 games for the Marlins, including 1-1 in 2 appearances against the Giants.


Burch Smith will be the roster space the Giants will vacate with claiming Garcia. Smith was claimed off the Brewers waivers last season and appeared in just 10 games for the Giants and had a 2.08 ERA with 6 strikeouts in only 8.2 innings. Smith spent time with the Rivercats going 1-1 in 3 games for Sacramento and made 2 starts and carried an ERA of 4.20 with 18 strikeouts.

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