The Padres secured two of the bullpen pitchers they were looking for on Wednesday, and they believe they have added an arm who can help give innings in the starting rotation.
They’ll have to wait until pitcher Nick Martinez and the starting outfielder they’re looking for are officially signed.
Major League Baseball team owners voted to lock out players after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement before the previous one expired on Wednesday night.
With the deadline approaching, the Padres announced that right-hander Luis Garcia had agreed to a two-year agreement and right-hander Robert Suarez had agreed to a one-year deal.
Garcia, who turns 35 in January, has a two-year contract worth $7 million.
Suarez’s contract terms were unknown, but he was projected to earn between $5 and $7 million.
Martinez also agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract with the organization, but the deal was not completed before the lockout, so the 31-year-old right-hander remained unsigned.
Martinez, who pitched for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in 2021 and had a 1.62 ERA in 149 innings, might potentially sign with the Padres after the lockout ends.
Garcia pitched 33 1/3 innings for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, posting a 3.24 ERA and 0.99 WHIP (34 games).
In his remaining 16 appearances, he largely pitched in the eighth and ninth innings, saving two games and earning eight holds.
What Nationality Is Luis Garcia?
Luis Garcia is Dominican. He was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.