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Rockies sign RHP Jon Garland


SCOTTSDALE -- The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Jon Garland to a Major League contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, per club policy. As announced earlier today, the Rockies Rule V selection, LHP Danny Rosenbaum, was returned to the Washington Nationals organization, thus clearing a spot on the 40-man roster.

Garland, 33, is a veteran of 12 Major League seasons and owns a career mark of 132-119 with a 4.32 ERA (2083.1 ip, 1001 er), 700 walks and 1,124 strikeouts in 353 career games, 330 starts. Garland was a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training with the Seattle Mariners and went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA (12.0 ip, 3 er) in four starts this Spring for Seattle before being released. Garland last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2011 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 1-5 with a 4.33 ERA (54.0 ip, 26 er). He missed the entire 2012 season due to a right shoulder injury. Garland has appeared in the Major Leagues with five teams, including the Chicago White Sox (2000-2007), the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2008), Arizona (2009), the Dodgers (2009, 2011) and San Diego (2010).

The 6-foot-6 right-hander has logged at least 200.0 innings in a season six times in his career, most recently in 2010 with the Padres. Garland is one of 20 pitchers to throw at least 2,000.0 innings since the 2000 season, as his 2,083.1 innings pitched since 2000 are the 16th-most in the Majors.

The Rockies have a full 40-man roster.

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