3/29/2013 8:10 P.M. ET
O's ink veteran righty Garcia, trade for Proctor
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles added to their pitching depth on Friday, signing starter Freddy Garcia to a Minor League contract and trading for right-handed reliever Scott Proctor.
Proctor was acquired in exchange for cash from the San Francisco Giants and is expected to be part of Triple-A Norfolk's bullpen. Garcia, 36, is also expected to be at Norfolk and will get a chance in the Tides' starting rotation.
Garcia had a 5.20 ERA in 17 starts with the Yankees last season before signing as a free agent with the Padres this winter. He was released by San Diego on Monday after going 1-4 with an 8.71 ERA in six spring games.
A 14-year veteran, Garcia is a former All-Star (2001 and 2002) and finished second in the Rookie of the Year Award balloting back in 1999. He has a career 4.15 ERA and is 151-101 in 344 starts with the Mariners, White Sox, Phillies, Tigers, and Yankees.
Proctor spent last season pitching in Korea, saving 35 games with a 1.79 ERA, and was signed to a Minor League deal by the Giants over the winter.
Proctor, 36, led the American League with 83 appearances for the Yankees in 2006. He was widely considered a solid setup reliever until an ailing elbow forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery in May 2009, which sidelined him for that year. He last performed in the Majors in 2011 with the Braves and Yankees.
In 307 big league appearances since 2004, all but one in relief, Proctor is 18-16 with a 4.78 ERA. He has walked 167 and struck out 291 in 343 innings.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.