Name: Freddy Garcia
Years With White Sox: 2004-2006, 2009-2010
Freddy Garcia was acquired by the White Sox, along with Ben Davis, from the Mariners for Mike Morse, Miguel Olive, and Jeremy Reed on June 27, 2004. Garcia, a friend of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, was cautiously optimistic about the move. “You’ve got to be a professional,” Garcia said. “Everybody knows he’s my friend, but I want to do business. I’ll go there and pitch the way I can pitch.” General Manager Kenny Williams thought the move gave the White Sox the ability to “challenge for the division in a better way.” Garcia went 9-4 for the White Sox over the second half of the season, with a 4.46 ERA as the team did not exactly challenge for the division title.
Things fell into place for Garcia and the White Sox in 2005. In 33 starts, Garcia went 14-8 with a 3.87 ERA as the White Sox did indeed earn that division title. Garcia then added an additional 3 wins in 3 appearances during the post-season, including the clinching game 3 of the ALDS against the Red Sox and game 4 of the World Series against the Astros, where he threw 7 scoreless innings.
The 2006 season started under a bit of a cloud for Garcia, who tested positive for marijuana during the World Baseball Classic. Once the season started, Garcia set numerous personal milestones, including his 1000th career strikeout and, on April 29, becoming the winningest Venezuelan native in baseball history, surpassing former White Sox hurler Wilson Alvarez. He finished the year 17-9 with a 4.53 ERA. On December 6, he was traded to the Phillies for young pitchers Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez.
Garcia rejoined the White Sox organization on June 8, 2009, more than a month after being released by the Mets. He made his first start in the big leagues on August 18 against the Royals, giving up 5 runs in only 4 1/3 innings. He made 8 additional starts for the team and finished 3-4 with a 4.34 ERA.
He returned to the starting rotation in 2010, making 28 starts and going 12-6 with a 4.64 ERA. After the season, he became a free agent.
Garcia’s numbers in a White Sox uniform, both for games I attended and overall, were:
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