The Pirates Sign LHP Jarlin Garcia; Bryse Wilson Designated for Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have signed left-handed pitcher Jarlin Garcia to a one-year contract with a club option for 2024. The deal is for $2.5 million, with a club option for $3.25 million in 2024. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Bryse Wilson has been designated for assignment.

This deal was agreed to three weeks ago, but Garcia has been home with his wife, who gave birth two days ago. He flew in today to complete his physical and sign the deal.

Garcia, who will turn 30 years old next month, began his big league career with the Miami Marlins, where he put in three seasons with mixed results. He had a 4.29 ERA during that time, with a 1.22 WHIP and 121 strikeouts in 170 innings.

He moved on to the San Francisco Giants in 2020 and dominated during the shortened season, posting an 0.49 ERA and an 0.98 WHIP in 18.1 innings over 19 appearances.

He was strong in 2021, putting up a 2.62 ERA in 68.2 innings over 58 appearances, with 68 strikeouts and an 0.96 WHIP. That ERA, while still decent, continued to trend up in 2022, as he had a 3.74 ERA in 65 innings over 58 games, with 56 strikeouts and a 1.20 WHIP.

The Pirates had zero left-handed pitchers before he agreed to the deal. Since that time, they added Jose Hernandez in the Rule 5 draft, and they added three southpaws on minor league deals. They also agreed to a deal with veteran lefty starter Rich Hill yesterday.

Wilson was acquired from the Atlanta Braves at the 2021 trade deadline in the Richard Rodriguez deal. He made 28 starts and five relief appearances for the Pirates over the last two seasons, going 4-13, 5.37 in 156 innings, with a 5.13 FIP, a 1.37 WHIP and a 102:42 SO/BB ratio. He just turned 25 years old last week, and he has four years of control left.

The addition of Hill and Vince Velasquez pushed Wilson down the depth chart for starting pitchers. He was going to have a hard time making the team, with the rotation appearing to be set, and Johan Oviedo, Zach Thompson, Mike Burrows, Quinn Priester and Luis Ortiz looking like options to take starts during the season when needed.

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Mtgj

I would much rather have Wilson than dejong.
Underwood isn’t going anywhere. Management loves him.

Anthony

How has DeJong managed to stay on this roster??

Born4rf

A 2.64 ERA over 42 outings/72 innings. Only 52 hits and a 1.14 WHIP. Statistically DeJong was our best pitcher last year.

hoptown

Right. Quietly, he had a very solid year. But he did have a FIP 4.74 which is not a good sign.

Wilbur Miller

Hoy Park got dfa’d again.

leefieux

Nick Mears was DFA’d by the Rangers. Does this mean we’re getting better at identifying chaff?

Wilbur Miller

I think it means the chaff is ubiquitous.

leefieux

Wheat are you saying, exactly? (I need to quit coming here from GoComics).

Wilbur Miller

Yeah, you look at the Pirates’ roster and say, Where’s the wheat?

leefieux

Your comments are starting to chaff me. 😎😎

hoptown

And we got DSL RHP Inmer Lobo for him. We fleeced the Red Sox! 🙂

Wilbur Miller

Somehow the story about trading a paper clip for a house springs to mind.

leefieux

That’s SHERIFF Lobo to you!!

robertkasperski

Park is chasing Diaz for most teams rosters by this off season.

phieralph

Andrew Chafing?

Designate Duane?

skliesen

I’m liking the pitching staff. Good arms. Nice depth.

Wilbur Miller

Need shutdown relievers. Maybe a couple guys on the roster now will step up, but adding one would help.

bscat

Oviedo? Ortiz? introduced through the bullpen, a la StL

Wilbur Miller

Might work. This FO doesn’t seem to do that, though.

bscat

sadly

bradlej31

Kyle Nicolas could be the guy. I don’t like him as a starter but I’m bullish on him as a reliever

Mtgj

I completely agree with you. I hope they make him a reliever asap. He could be dynamite in the pen.

bianco599

Been waiting for this to happen. Man it’s tough to see his numbers. Guess it’s tougher to watch him pitch. Either way hope he does well wherever he ends up.

leefieux

That game he had that no hitter going was awesome, tho.

bianco599

Living near Braves country I remember him as a prospect so had some hope for him when he came over. Maybe if he sticks around Dick Mountain can give him some tips.

jaygray007

I dont think any team is really bad enough to need bryse to absorb innings for them at the mlb level. Good shot he’s retained. Without milb options, he wasn’t worth keeping on the 40

leefieux

The Nationals are pretty bad.

SBRO

I disagree, respectfully. If it were April, I’d agree with you, but lack of options don’t matter until March 30. Right now what matters is, is this 25 year old SP, former Top 100 prospect, a marginal improvement over the worst pitcher I have on my 40-man now? Does he have more upside? I’m sure there are a few teams who would answer yes. Only takes one.

I’m betting he gets claimed, even traded for a modest return.

1979andCounting

Disagree somewhat. Taking Wilson is like taking a Rule 5 pick……the club is aware they’ll need to give him a 26-man slot because he has no options. I do agree……think he will get claimed.

BonDrone

I could see Oakland kicking the tires on Wilson.

Scam likely

Low k rate high hr rate, only thing he has going for him is that he found a change up late in the season, he will be pick up or traded though.

James_Robert5

The new change gives him a punchers chance

robertkasperski

For those concerned when another team quickly claims one of our DFA’d players, Lewin Diaz has been DFD’d for the 4th time since November 15th. Team #5 should be claiming soon.

Scam likely

Pirates should pick him up and try to get him to the minors some time in the future.

robertkasperski

Ditto to what  leefieux said. Why? Would only consider him if and when other teams quit claiming him and he is a FA. Would still only consider him at AAA if there was no clear 1b option for Indy. The have Nunez there and were going to look at Gorski there too. I would only really consider signing him if one of those 2 were injured.

leefieux

Why?

Wilbur Miller

And for those who were interested, Jean Segura signed with the Marlins.

b mcferren

now all they need is Bryan Reynolds

robertkasperski

Will Wilson be dealt or picked up on waivers?

Wilbur Miller

I’d guess they’ll be able to get an obscure prospect for him since he’s still pre-arb. He was really bad this year, though.

b mcferren

would rather have JayHay anyways

b mcferren

more on the way out

Underwood, De Jong, Yohan Ramirez, Zach Thompson, Tucupita Marcano, Ryan Vilade, Bryan Reynolds and maybe Travis Swaggerty will be gone before Spring Training

Mblee24

I thought he’d be the one DFA’d. I think Underwood is next with the Hill signing. We will see, but I wouldn’t mind if they both cleared waivers. That would give them some more depth in triple a. I wouldn’t mind stashing mears in triple an either after he was DFA’d by the rangers.

Last edited 30 days ago by Mblee24
BonDrone

I too would like to see Mears in Indy however I bet he gets claimed again.

PirateRican21

Speaking of DFA, Lewin Diaz in once again in purgatory, I think that makes 5 times so far this off season.

timbre21

Vilade is next to go

Mblee24

Once they sign mccutchen?

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