posted on Jun, 27 2004 @ 06:24 PM
looks like it is rebuilding time for the mariners as they have traded freddie garcia to the white sox...the good news is they also got rid of ben
White Sox get Garcia from Mariners
June 27, 2004
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox acquired right-hander Freddy Garcia from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, bolstering their starting rotation for
the AL Central race.
The White Sox gave up young catcher Miguel Olivo, top prospect Jeremy Reed and minor league infielder Michael Morse in the trade. Chicago also gets
catcher Ben Davis and cash from the Mariners.
Garcia, who can become a free agent after this season, will pitch for White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, one of his best friends.
Garcia was 4-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 starts for Seattle this season. The two-time All-Star is 76-50 in his six-year career with a 3.89 ERA.
``We have an opportunity to challenge for the division in a better way,'' White Sox general manager Ken Williams said.
Olivo, who is batting .270, hit his seventh homer of the season off Cubs right-hander Greg Maddux on Sunday. He has good speed and a strong arm.
``It was one of the hardest conversations I've ever had with a player,'' Williams said.
The 27-year-old Garcia was one of the top pitchers available on the trade market. Williams said the White Sox hope to sign him to a new contract.
Davis has split time this season between Seattle and Triple-A Tacoma. He appeared in 14 games with the Mariners and batted .091.
The 23-year-old Reed has eight homers and 37 RBIs as an outfielder for Triple-A Charlotte. He was drafted by the White Sox in 2002 and is a career
.334 hitter in the minors. Morse was batting .287 at Double-A Birmingham.