Tribe unable to complete deal with Garland

Tribe unable to complete deal with Garland

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians' deal with free-agent pitcher Jon Garland is off.

On Wednesday, MLB.com learned that the Tribe will not be signing Garland to a Minor League contract as the club had originally hoped. An agreement with the pitcher was in place last week, but he did not take a physical with the team on Monday as initially scheduled.

Garland is still working through a rehab program for his right shoulder and he was not in a position to compete for a job with Cleveland this spring.

The Indians and Garland agreed to a Minor League contract on Feb. 13, and the deal would have included a non-roster invitation to attend Spring Training with the big league club. The right-hander was presumed to be a possible candidate for Cleveland's vacant fifth-starter's role.

Kevin Slowey, Jeanmar Gomez, David Huff and Zach McAllister are the top four candidates for the lone vacancy in the rotation this spring. The top four spots (in no particular order) will be occupied by Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Tomlin and Derek Lowe.

Garland's 2,083 1/3 innings and 132 wins since 2000 rank 12th and 16th, respectively, among all Major League pitchers. The 32-year-old went 1-5 with a 4.33 ERA in nine outings with the Dodgers last year before undergoing season-ending surgery on his right shoulder in July.

Over the course of 12 seasons in the Majors, Garland has had stints with the White Sox, Angels, D-backs, Padres and Dodgers. He is 132-119 overall with a 4.32 ERA across 353 games. He has won at least 12 games in a season seven times and has topped 190 innings nine times.