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Phils deal for Garcia

Schmidt gets $47M from Dodgers; Lilly chooses Cubs

Posted: Wednesday December 6, 2006 11:41AM; Updated: Thursday December 7, 2006 2:26AM
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White Sox GM Kenny Williams indicated Freddy Garcia was traded to make room in the rotation for touted right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
White Sox GM Kenny Williams indicated Freddy Garcia was traded to make room in the rotation for touted right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
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By Jon Heyman, SI.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Welcome to the National League, Freddy Garcia.

In the first major trade of baseball's winter meetings, the Phillies acquired Garcia from the White Sox on Wednesday for pitcher Gavin Floyd and a player to be named.

Garcia, a 30-year-old right-hander, was 17-9 with a 4.53 ERA for the White Sox in 2006 and will be a free agent after next season.

In 2005, he was the Game 4 winner for the White Sox as they clinched their first World Series title since 1917 with a sweep of the Astros.

"He's going to fit nicely into our rotation and we feel like he's a guy that's going to be able to give us innings," said Phillies assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle. "He's a proven winner."

Garcia has a career record of 116-71 and a 4.53 ERA over eight seasons, all in the American League.

He was traded from the Astros to the Mariners in 1998 in a deal that sent Randy Johnson to Houston. The right-hander then was dealt to the White Sox in the middle of the 2004 season. His best season came in 2001, when he went 18-6 with a 3.05 ERA.

The right-handed Floyd, who will be 24 next month, was 4-3 with a 7.29 ERA in 11 starts for the Phillies last season before being optioned to Triple-A on June 3. He was the fourth overall selection in the 2001 draft.

The deal reconnects Garcia with his former general manager from Seattle, Pat Gillick, who has been working to upgrade the team's pitching staff. Gillick also had been looking for a right-handed bat to protect NL MVP Ryan Howard, but said he didn't expect to find one and turned his attention to the pitching staff.

After dealing for Garcia and signing Rangers right-hander Adam Eaton to a $24.5 million, three-year contract last week, the Phillies have six starting pitchers. The most expendable appears to be veteran Jon Lieber, who could be dealt for bullpen help.

White Sox manager Kenny Williams let slip during the announcement at baseball's winter meetings that the player to be named is pitcher Gio Gonzalez.

"It's 11 o'clock at night, what do you want?" Williams said.

Gonzalez was traded from the White Sox to Phillies in November 2005 as part of the deal that sent Jim Thome to Chicago and Aaron Rowand to Philadelphia.

Lilly, Cubs agree to 4 years, $40 million

Ted Lilly went 15-13 with a 4.31 ERA for the Blue Jays last
season, his third in Toronto.
Ted Lilly went 15-13 with a 4.31 ERA for the Blue Jays last season, his third in Toronto.
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Cross Ted Lilly off your wish list, Yankees fans.

The veteran left-hander on Wednesday agreed to a deal with the Cubs that will pay him $40 million over four years.

"He's a Cub and wants to be part of getting them back to the World Series," his agent, Larry O'Brien, told reporters. The deal was contingent on Lilly passing a physical, the team said.

Lilly actually called Cubs GM Jim Hendry at an area hospital to accept the deal.

Hendry, 51, was hospitalized earlier Wednesday after complaining that he didn't feel well. He was expected to remain in the hospital overnight for observation.

Lilly had indicated an interest in returning to the Yankees -- his team from 2000-02 -- for a similar deal. But the Yanks said Wednesday they would not bid for him, choosing to focus on Andy Pettitte, who said earlier in the day that he plans to pitch next season.

Lilly went 15-13 with a 4.31 ERA in 32 starts and 181 2-3 innings for the Blue Jays during 2006 and has won 10 or more games in each of the past four seasons.

The 30-year-old Lilly is 59-58 with a 4.60 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Expos, Yankees, Athletics and Jays. He was a 23rd-round draft pick by the  Dodgers in 1996.


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