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01/29/2009 1:06 PM ET
D-backs sign Jon Garland to one-year contract
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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks today signed right-handed pitcher Jon Garland to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2010, as announced by D-backs' Executive Vice President and General Manager Josh Byrnes. Consistent with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Jon has proven to be a durable, consistent starter," said Byrnes. "We feel that adding him to our rotation gives us championship-caliber starting pitching."

Garland, 29, pitched in 32 games (all starts) last season for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, going 14-8 with a 4.90 ERA in 196.2 innings with 90 strikeouts and one complete game. His complete game came on July 6 against Toronto, his ninth career complete game and 100th career victory. Garland also tied a team-high with 15.0 straight scoreless innings from May 4-15.

Garland is 106-89 with a 4.47 ERA in 278 games (255 starts) over parts of nine Major League seasons with the Chicago White Sox and Angels. He spent his first eight big league seasons with the White Sox, making his debut with the club in 2000 as the youngest player in the American League at the age of 20.

The Granada Hills, Calif., native earned an All-Star selection in 2005 after winning his first eight starts of the season, tossing a scoreless inning in the game in Detroit. That 2005 season saw Garland hold a 2.25 postseason ERA in 16.0 innings, as the White Sox won both of his starts en route to a World Series Championship. Garland has logged 1,625.1 career innings, including seven straight seasons with at least 190.0 innings pitched and ranked in the top 10 for three straight seasons (2004-06). His 60 victories since the beginning of the 2005 season are tied for eighth-most in the Majors. New teammate Brandon Webb leads all MLB pitchers with 70 wins since 2005.
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