Phillies target #2: Jarlin Garcia (San Francisco Giants)
In a somewhat surprising move, the San Francisco Giants decided to move on from left-handed reliever Jarlin Garcia. What makes this move so surprising is that the 29-year-old veteran has been a quality reliever now for multiple seasons.
Since the beginning of the 2019 season, Jarlin Garcia has appeared in 188 games for the Marlins and Giants, and over that time span, he has produced an ERA of 2.89, along with holding opposing hitters to a slash line of .215/.277/.363.
He does however, give up a decent amount of hard contact, as his 41.5% hard-hit percentage in 2022 was higher than the league average of 38.6%. Additionally, his fly ball rate has continued to rise throughout his career, with it reaching the highest mark of his career in 2022 at 31.3%. This was significantly higher than the league average of 23.9%, so ultimately, there is room for concern, especially pitching in the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park.
However, Garcia has proven throughout his career he has the ability to consistently get hitters out, which is something that can not be discounted. Left-handed relievers are incredibly valuable commodities, so to have the opportunity to acquire one of the better ones in the league, the Philadelphia Phillies would be foolish not to even check in.
There is no question the Phillies will look to improve their bullpen in 2023.
Of course, there is always risk involved when a team decides to move on from a player; but Garcia is a guy who seemingly would improve many bullpens around the Majors.