Freddy Garcia returns
Another piece from the 2005 World Series championship squad has been brought back by the White Sox, and the team only can hope Freddy Garcia ultimately will be as successful as Scott Podsednik has been.
A White Sox source confirmed that Garcia was signed to a Minor League deal and will report to extended Spring Training in Arizona. Garcia, a close friend of manager Ozzie Guillen, was released by the New York Mets back in April and has been bothered by shoulder problems over the last two years. Garcia was sent to the Phillies after the 2006 season in a trade that brought Gavin Floyd to Chicago, but posted a 1-5 record with a 5.90 ERA in 2007 for Philadelphia before being shut down.
Garcia, who turns 34 on Wednesday, finished with a 1-1 record and 4.20 ERA over three starts for Detroit in 2008. He has a 118-77 career record.
In other player personnel moves, Wes Whisler was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte in between games in order to make room for Jose Contreras.