Garland on both sides of Indians-White Sox rivalry

You don’t often see players of Jon Garland‘s caliber swapping jerseys within a division, especially not between long time rivals such as the Indians and White Sox. As a result, Garland will be the winningest pitcher in White Sox history to ever join the good guys, eclipsing Jack McDowell by one victory.

We can only hope the Garland era goes a little more smoothly than McDowell’s, who went just 16-12 in 12 in 36 starts in two years with the Tribe and spend the majority of the ’97 season on the DL.

Why the Tribe likes Jon Garland

It’s easy to dismiss the Indians signing of Jon Garland to a minor league deal. He’s coming off a shoulder injury which limited him to nine starts in 2011, and he’ll be competing against a large group including Kevin Slowey and Jeanmar Gomes. However, it’s a low-risk, potentially high-reward signing for the Tribe, who would love to have Garland establish himself as an innings-eater at the back end of the rotation.

Since 2004, Garland has thrown at least 200 innings in six of his eight healthy seasons (and 196 in another). That type of stability at the back end of the rotation could do wonders for already strong Tribe bullpen.

And let’s be honest, this contract can’t possibly go as wrong as the last Garland the Indians signed.

 Pitcher Yrs From To Seasons
Mark Buehrle 8 2004 2011 Ind. Seasons
Dan Haren 7 2005 2011 Ind. Seasons
Roy Halladay 6 2006 2011 Ind. Seasons
Cliff Lee 6 2005 2011 Ind. Seasons
Bronson Arroyo 6 2005 2010 Ind. Seasons
Roy Oswalt 6 2004 2010 Ind. Seasons
Jon Garland 6 2004 2010 Ind. Seasons