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Farewell, Robel Garcia – He’s Been Released to Pursue Opportunities Abroad

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After once again destroying Triple-A, but not finding a real opportunity to come back up to the big leagues, Robel Garcia is doing what a lot of guys in that category do as they approach 28/29/30: he’s heading to Asia to get paid.

Although the particulars are not discussed in the report, the way these things usually work is that a deal is worked out between the MLB organization and an international team, and in exchange for a little cash, the MLB org releases the player who then signs with that particular international team. It’s not quite a posting system, but it’s kinda similar, insofar as the MLB org isn’t going to “release” the player until/unless they know he’s signing a particular deal with a particular team.

In other words, these situations – which are much more common in the offseason – are usually about the MLB organization (1) recognizing that there isn’t going to be a spot for a player, (2) giving that player a chance to earn serious money while he’s still in his prime, and (3) getting a little extra walking-around-money in the process. It’s a rare win-win-win in the sport.

Garcia, 29, has been all over the world playing baseball, but never before Asia. I hope he winds up on a good team, makes bank, and gets a chance to show off that power. In the right situation, he could become seriously prodigious. Garcia leaves behind a .295/.394/.619/162 wRC+ slash at Iowa, but also the kind of style that we all knew would produce 40+% strikeout rates in MLB.

This is more explanation on the Levi Jordan promotion, by the way, as I mentioned this morning in the Bullets. Now, with Garcia heading out and David Bote returning to the big league team soon, there should be plenty of everyday starting opportunities in the infield for Jordan.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.