The Blue Jays have reached an agreement with free agent right-handed reliever Yimi Garcia, a source told Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com on Saturday.
The news was originally reported by former MLB second baseman Carlos Baerga on Instagram. The club has not confirmed the deal.
Garcia, 31, started the 2021 season with the Marlins and posted a 3.47 ERA in 39 appearances before being traded to the Astros in July. He had a 5.48 ERA in 23 home stretch appearances for Houston, then gave up seven runs in five innings between the SDLA and the SCLA. He then pitched four scoreless innings in four World Series outings against the Braves.
Garcia began his career with the Dodgers, with whom he pitched from 2014-19, missing the entire 2017 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He pitched with an ERA of 3.66 and a WHIP of 0.99 for Los Angeles before signing a free agent contract with the Marlins ahead of the 2020 season, shortened by the pandemic.
Garcia was limited to 14 appearances with Miami in 2020 due to time on the disabled list, but he pitched well when on the mound, converting to a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings.
The Blue Jays could potentially lose multiple relievers in free agency this season – Rafael Dolis, David Phelps, Joakim Soria and Kirby Yates are all on the open market, though Dolis struggled in ’21 while Phelps and Soria missed the most of the season due to injury. Yates never pitched for Toronto after signing a one-year deal and undergoing Tommy John surgery.