Dodgers: Yimi Garcia Not Tendered a Contract, Released to Free Agency

Yimi Garcia has finally met his fate that almost seemed inevitable. Garcia has been non-tendered by the Dodgers, according to Ken Gurnick of

Outside of Garcia, it appears that all other arbitration-eligible players were tendered contracts tonight. The Dodgers had until 8 p.m. Eastern Time to make decisions on each of their arbitration-eligible players and they have come in rather late as we have come to expect from Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers.

Additionally, the Dodgers came to agreements with left-handed reliever Scott Alexander and catcher Austin Barnes to avoid arbitration.

Garcia has always had the advanced stats to back up his case for a roster spot, but his results have been rather poor for quite some time. He once seemed to be a future back end reliever, but is now a free agent on the fringes of the major leagues.

Garcia posted a 3.61 ERA, but a 5.19 FIP across 62 1/3 innings of work for the Dodgers in 2019. He should latch on as a low-leverage reliever with a forward-thinking type of club due to his background, but he simply had no place on the 40-man roster for the Dodgers. The Dodgers have enough relievers on the fringes of their roster like right-handers Casey Sadler and Josh Sborz.

The roster is now at 39 men, clearing a spot for a potential acquisition this offseason.

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