Freddy Garcia, cut by the Braves in spring training, went on to throw 160 innings for EDA Rhinos (Taiwan) last year. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers have signed veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia to a minor-league contract.
Garcia, 38, hasn’t pitched in the majors since he appeared in 17 games (13 starts) for two teams in 2013. Garcia’s last appearance, coincidentally, came against the Dodgers for the Atlanta Braves in the 2013 National League Division Series.
Garcia spent last season in Taiwan pitching for the EDA Rhinos, the same team that once employed Manny Ramirez. Garcia’s salary with the Rhinos reportedly set a record for the league previously held by Ramirez.
Garcia’s stat line last year in Taiwan:
25 G, 25 GS, 11-9, 1 CG, 160 IP, 172 H, 20 BB, 108 K, 3.186 ERA, 1.19 WHIP
The Dodgers and infielder Hector Olivera have agreed to a six-year contract worth $62.5 million, including a $28 million signing bonus, a source confirmed Tuesday. The contract has not been announced because it is pending a physical.
Olivera, who turns 30 on April 5, was the most highly sought-after free agent from Cuba remaining on the market. In terms of both years and dollars, Olivera’s contract represents the most significant commitment to any free agent the Dodgers have made since president Andrew Friedman took over last October.
Olivera profiles as a second baseman or third baseman, which is a potential position of need for the Dodgers after this season. Howie Kendrick, 31, and Juan Uribe, 36, are both eligible to become free agents after 2015, as is shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
The Dodgers believe they have their shortstop of the future in 20-year-old Corey Seager, who slashed .286/.500/.429 in 21 Cactus League plate appearances. Olivera solidifies one of the other two positions; Alex Guerrero, who’s under contract through 2017, could fill the other. The Dodgers might now use the 2015 season to sort all the roles out.
MESA, Ariz. — The Dodgers held their collective breath for a moment Friday when Clayton Kershaw was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Oakland’s Andy Parrino.
In the third inning of the Cactus League game at HoHoKam Stadium, Kershaw was a bit late raising up his glove to deflect the baseball. He appeared to be struck on his left cheek or jaw, then sat on the ground while his teammates gathered around the mound.
Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte sprung out of the dugout and examined Kershaw, who eventually threw a warm-up pitch and was allowed to remain in the game.
With runners on first and third base, Kershaw retired Coco Crisp on a line drive on his next pitch. An RBI single by Craig Gentry gave the A’s their first run later in the inning.
Kershaw remained in the game to pitch the fourth inning. The 2014 MVP/Cy Young Award winner is making his fourth spring training start.