Diamondbacks finalize deal with veteran pitcher Garland

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday Jan. 29, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) -- Jon Garland and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a one-year contract that will pay the right-hander at least $7.25 million.

Garland will assume the rotation spot held by Randy Johnson, who left as a free agent last month for an $8 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants.

Garland gets a $6.25 million salary this year, and the agreement includes a $10 million mutual option for 2010. If Garland rejects the option, he gets a $1 million buyout. If the team rejects it, he gets a $2.5 million buyout.

He spent his first eight years with the Chicago White Sox before going 14-8 with a 4.90 ERA in 32 starts for the Los Angeles Angels last season.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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