Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Garcia Returned to Twins

From the Devil Rays' official site:

Garcia back to Twins: Rule 5 pitcher Angel Garcia cleared waivers Wednesday and was offered back to his original club, the Minnesota Twins, who took him back for the designated price of $25,000.

The Devil Rays saw enough promise in the 6-foot-7 right-hander to make a cash deal for him after the Arizona Diamondbacks selected him with their first pick in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 13.

Rule 5 selections are players not protected on the 40-man roster, meaning that for one reason or another, their original organization is prepared to lose them. A player taken in the Major League phase of the draft costs $50,000 and has to remain on the selecting team's 25-man roster all season or be offered back to the original team for $25,000. Had the Devil Rays wanted to keep Garcia, the team would have needed to keep him on the 25-man roster all season.

Garcia was 2-1 with a 10.13 ERA in 10 spring appearances.


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