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Jon Garland and Diamondbacks complete $7.25M deal 2009-01-30

Jon Garland and Diamondbacks complete $7.25M deal 2009-01-30
PHOENIX (AP) - Jon Garland is bringing his durable arm to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

With seven consecutive seasons of at least 32 starts and 190 innings, the right-hander is ready to fill a key role in Arizona's rotation.

"The way I look at it is, I take pride in it. If I don't put the innings up there, I'm not doing my job," Garland said Thursday after finalizing a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks that will pay him at least $7.25 million.

He joins an Arizona rotation that features 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb, fellow ace Dan Haren, young right-hander Max Scherzer and veteran lefty Doug Davis.

"I think the teams in most years who are among the leaders in starting pitching innings are the teams that are playing in October," general manager Josh Byrnes said. "We feel pretty good about our five."

The 29-year-old Garland will assume Randy Johnson's old spot in the rotation. The Big Unit left Arizona as a free agent last month for an $8 million, one-year deal with the San Francisco Giants.

"I'm real excited," Garland said.

An All-Star in 2005, Garland spent his first eight years in the majors with the White Sox and made a pair of strong postseason starts during Chicago's run to the 2005 World Series championship. He was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop Orlando Cabrera in November 2007 and went 14-8 with a 4.90 ERA in 32 starts last season.

Garland is 106-89 with a 4.47 ERA in 278 games, including 255 starts, over nine big league seasons. Sixty of his wins have come since the start of the 2005 season, the eighth-highest total in the majors during that span.

He 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.

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Added: January 30, 2009

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