Surprise: Cubs Sign Lefty Jaime Garcia

Although today is known the waiver trade deadline, it’s really more like the “get that guy into your organization before the day ends” deadline. Because if the guy isn’t in your organization, at some level, before midnight, he can’t be eligible for the playoff roster, should you want to include him.

It’s against that backdrop that something surprising like this comes out today:

Much like when the Cubs signed Jorge De La Rosa, the veteran lefty is currently a free agent whom the Cubs could sign right now and then subsequently add to their 40-man roster. Thus, he’d be theirs for September (expanded rosters) and could even be on the postseason roster if it came to that.

Garcia, 32, had basically been pretty solid the last few years after finally returning from some seasons lost in the injury wilderness. This year with the Blue Jays, however, was a massive disappointment, and he was recently released. Garcia’s walk rate climbed over 10%, his previously elite groundball rate plummeted, and he started giving up homers at a hellacious clip.

That said, at a minimum, Garcia was still really tough on lefties this year: .183/.250/.388, 24.7% K rate, 6.7% BB rate. My guess is the Cubs believe he’s still got something in the tank, perhaps with a tweak or two.

When he’s in the big leagues, Garcia will cost the Cubs just the prorated big league minimum (which the Blue Jays would then save), so it’s not really much of a cost move. It would be some more lefty depth for the rotation and/or the bullpen – can’t have too much, and, when rosters expand tomorrow, it’s not too hard to accommodate when the time comes to bring him up to the big leagues.

Since it’s a minor league deal, you need not necessarily expect the Cubs to clear out a 40-man roster spot before tonight’s game in Philadelphia. Instead, they could add Garcia to the 40-man in a day or two, after rosters have expanded, and then he can still be on a postseason roster as an injury replacement if it comes to that.

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

written by

Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

more cubs news

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Cardinals 1 – June 15, 2024

Although it looked like the Cubs were about to follow The Script once again today, they finally made some critical edits. They did get the great starting pitching performance that has frequently been available to them, with Shōta Imanaga pitching...

Cubs Roster Move: Wicks to the IL, Thompson to the Bullpen

As expected, lefty Jordan Wicks goes back on the Injured List today, this time with an oblique issue. It has to be frustrating for him to only have just returned from the forearm strain, and then go right back on...

Pre-Gamin’: Cardinals at Cubs (1:20 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

CUBS LINEUP — The Cubs are now a season-low four games under .500 and a season-high 7.5 games out of first place. And it's mid-June. If the turnaround doesn't happen soon, it's probably not going to happen at all. But...

Wicks Becomes Hendricks, Roberts and Roster Decisions, Wisdom Versus the Wind, and Other Cubs Bullets

The Cubs should just start cheating at this point. I'm not 100% on the how, but just figure it out. Craig Counsell says Jordan Wicks will get imaging on his oblique today and is likely to be placed on the...

Moises Ballesteros Hit For The Cycle!

Starting the day with something positive, since so much of what else is going on is ... not. Chicago Cubs prospect Moises Ballesteros, for whom you could make a strong argument as the best hitting prospect in the org, had...

Tennessee Walking Off At the Men’s College World Series Was Incredible! (I was there!)

I mentioned earlier this week in my Blackhawks bullets that my middle son's travel baseball team is playing in the enormous "Slumpbuster" tournament in/around Omaha this week/weekend and we made a stop to see the beautiful Charles Schwab Field, the...

Watch A Minor-League Sammy Sosa Hit an Inside the Park Homer Because You Deserve It

Take it from someone who writes far too many words about the Chicago Bulls – sometimes you need to look into the past to feel any sort of happiness. As the Chicago Cubs continue their remarkably frustrating play, a clip...

Enhanced Box Score: Cardinals 3, Cubs 0 – June 14, 2024

The Cubs lost their starting pitcher, barely even threatened to score, wasted a brilliant bullpen day, and lost the game. It's not quite the same 'ole story, but it might as well be. Jordan Wicks injured his oblique in the...

Jordan Wicks Just Had to Leave with the Athletic Trainer (UPDATE)

Just two appearances into his return from the Injured List (forearm), and having just taken over the rotation spot vacated by Ben Brown (neck stress reaction), something's not right with Jordan Wicks. And he had to leave today's game after...

Cubs Farm Report | June 14, 2024: A Day to Forget, Wiggins Solid Again, More

Cubs Prospects — It was a day to forget for the Cubs affiliates as there wasn't a victory in the lot. Cubs Farm Report | June 14, 2024 Triple-A Iowa Cubs Prospects The Iowa Cubs lost to the Columbus Clippers...

Latest News

Pirates vs. Rockies Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Colorado Rockies (25-45) and Hunter Goodman, coming off a four-hit game, are underdogs (+145) on the moneyline and will look to upset the Pittsburgh Pirates (33-37) on Sunday at 3:10 PM ET on COLR.Pittsburgh's Paul Skenes and Colorado's Dakota...

Mariners vs. Rangers Probable Starting Pitchers – June 16

The Seattle Mariners (42-31) take on the Texas Rangers (33-37) on Sunday at T-Mobile Park at 4:10 PM ET.The probable starters are Logan Gilbert (3-4) for the Mariners and Dane Dunning (4-5) for the Rangers.Mariners vs. Rangers Pitcher Matchup and...

Giants vs. Angels Probable Starting Pitchers – June 16

The Los Angeles Angels (28-42) and the San Francisco Giants (34-37) face off at Oracle Park on Sunday at 4:05 PM ET.The probable starters are Kyle Harrison (4-3) for the Giants and Ben Joyce for the Angels.Giants vs. Angels Pitcher...

Diamondbacks vs. White Sox Probable Starting Pitchers – June 16

The Chicago White Sox (19-53) play on Sunday in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks (34-37). First pitch is at 4:10 PM ET.The Diamondbacks will give the nod to Jordan Montgomery (4-4, 6.23 ERA), who is eyeing win No. 5 on...

Dodgers vs. Royals Probable Starting Pitchers – June 16

The Los Angeles Dodgers (43-29) host the Kansas City Royals (41-31) for a home game at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. First pitch is at 4:10 PM ET.The Dodgers will call on Tyler Glasnow (6-5) versus the Royals and Brady Singer...

Pirates vs. Rockies: Injury Report, Updates & Probable Starters – June 16

On Sunday, the Colorado Rockies (25-45) are hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates (33-37), at 3:10 PM ET, in the final game of a three-game set.Curious about who's in and who's out for the Pirates and the Rockies? Read on to see...

Diamondbacks vs. White Sox: Injury Report, Updates & Probable Starters – June 16

The Chicago White Sox (19-53) and Arizona Diamondbacks (34-37) will meet on Sunday at Chase Field, starting at 4:10 PM ET.Hoping to find out who's playing for the Diamondbacks and the White Sox? Continue scrolling for complete injury reports for...

Dodgers vs. Royals: Injury Report, Updates & Probable Starters – June 16

In the final game of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium, the Kansas City Royals (41-31) play the Los Angeles Dodgers (43-29), Sunday at 4:10 PM ET.Hoping to find out who's playing for the Dodgers and the Royals? Continue reading...

Nationals vs. Marlins Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Washington Nationals (34-36) and Miami Marlins (23-47) meet Sunday at Nationals Park, with first pitch at 1:35 PM ET on BSFL. The Nationals are -120 moneyline favorites for the contest, however, the Marlins are favored against the spread of...

Brewers vs. Reds Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Milwaukee Brewers (41-29) host the Cincinnati Reds (34-36) Sunday to close out a three-game series. The Brewers are favored (-134) to win the rubber match, which starts at 2:10 PM ET from American Family Field.Milwaukee's Colin Rea and Cincinnati's...

more cubs news