Saturday, January 27, 2007

Phillies Invite Garcia to Spring Training

Courtesy of Philadelphia Phillies

Outfielder Karim Garcia signed a minor league contract with the Phillies and was invited to spring training as a non-roster player, Assistant General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.

Garcia, 31, spent the past two seasons playing in Japan for Orix, where he hit a combined .281 with 34 home runs in 663 at-bats. He played winter ball in Mexico for Culican this off-season and hit .294 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 33 games, including 11 RBI over a two-game span in December.
Garcia last appeared in the major leagues in 2004, when he split the season between the Mets and Orioles, hitting .229 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI in 85 games. Garcia also hit .286 (4-14) as a pinch-hitter that season.
A left-handed hitter, Garcia has reached double digits in home runs in each of his last three major league seasons. Last spring, he played for his native Mexico in the World Baseball Classic and hit .429 (3-7) with a triple and an RBI in three games.
In 488 career major league games, Garcia has compiled a .241 average with 66 home runs and 212 RBI for the Dodgers (1995-97), Diamondbacks (1998), Tigers (1999-2000), Orioles (2000, 2004), Indians (2001-03), Yankees (2002-03) and Mets (2004). He played in five games in the 2003 World Series for the Yankees, hitting .286 (4-14).

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