Padres sign Jon Garland
Mike Esktrom
Mike Esktrom
Posted Jan 26, 2010
Denis Savage

The San Diego Padres today announced they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2011 with right-handed pitcher Jon Garland. Mike Ekstrom was designated for assignment to make room.

Jon Garland, 30, saw his first National League action in 2009, splitting the season between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers. He combined to go 11-13 with a 4.01 ERA (91 ER/204.0 IP) in 33 starts between the two clubs. After beginning the season in Arizona, he was traded to Los Angeles on August 31 and went 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA (11 ER/36.1 IP) in six starts after joining the Dodgers.

“We are excited to add Jon to our rotation,” said Hoyer. “Jon is a talented and reliable starting pitcher who has been an integral part of several winning organizations. His ability helps to solidify our pitching staff and his experience will be a great asset for our younger pitchers.”

Last year Garland made eight starts vs. National League West opponents other than the Padres. In those eight outings, he went 4-1 with a 2.78 ERA (17 ER/55.0 IP) and struck out 33 compared to 16 walks.

Originally signed by the Chicago Cubs as a first-round selection (10th overall) in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, Garland has gone 117-102 with a 4.42 ERA (898 ER/1829.1 IP), 960 strikeouts and 593 walks in 311 career games (288 starts). In 2005, he was an All-Star and member of the World Series Champion Chicago White Sox, recording a 2.25 ERA (6 ER/16.0 IP) in two postseason starts.

Over parts of 10 Major League seasons with the White Sox (2000-07), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2008), Diamondbacks (2009) and Dodgers (2009), he has tossed 10 complete games, including six shutouts, has topped the 200.0-inning mark on five occasions and has made more than 30 starts in each of his last eight campaigns. Dating back to the 2002 season, he ranks among active hurlers in wins (T9th), starts (6th) and innings pitched (9th).

Mike Ekstrom, 26, made 12 relief appearances for the Padres in 2009, posting a 6.38 ERA (13 ER/18.1 IP) without factoring in a decision. He made his Major League debut with San Diego in 2008 and has gone 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA (21 ER/28.0 IP) in 20 relief appearances.

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