Greg Garcia
Greg Garcia
32-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Greg Garcia in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Phillies in April of 2021.
Becomes free agent
2BFree Agent  
May 3, 2021
Garcia will head to free agency after opting out of his contract Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Garcia agreed to a minor-league deal with the Phillies near the end of April, but he'll head back to the open market after electing to opt out. His last major-league action came in 2020 while with the Padres -- he hit .200 with three doubles, 11 RBI and a stolen base in 35 contests with the Friars.
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Since 2019
 
 
+52%
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+252%
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+44%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .473 48 2 0 3 0 .175 .298 .175
Since 2019vs Right .719 392 56 4 38 1 .249 .360 .359
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left .167 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000
2020vs Right .588 62 6 0 10 1 .226 .305 .283
2019vs Left .517 42 2 0 3 0 .200 .317 .200
2019vs Right .743 330 50 4 28 0 .254 .370 .373
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+15%
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+10%
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+18%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .648 224 24 0 16 0 .233 .341 .307
Since 2019Away .744 215 34 4 26 1 .253 .367 .376
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2020Home .587 39 3 0 7 0 .219 .306 .281
2020Away .536 28 3 0 4 1 .208 .286 .250
2019Home .660 185 21 0 9 0 .236 .348 .312
2019Away .776 187 31 4 22 0 .260 .380 .396
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Garcia is ideally a utility infielder who can ride the bench, pinch hit and play multiple spots around the infield for a club. He had a career high in plate appearances in 2019, but did little with the opportunity, other than use his OBP skills to hit leadoff in 51 games, while hitting ninth in 50 more games. His best chance to reach base is to accept that walk as he has very little thump in the bat. That OBP skill is something the San Diego lineup lacked last year, forcing Garcia into more playing time than he really deserves. He is out of minor-league options, so if Ty France has a great spring, Garcia could be cut from the roster as the talent in San Diego runs fairly deep all of a sudden.
Injuries across the Cardinals' infield allowed Garcia to appear in 114 games in 2018, but he struggled mightily in his opportunities. He produced his worst batting average and slugging percentage since 2014 (when he made just 18 plate appearances), as well as his worst on-base percentage in the majors. However, his strikeout rate was pretty low and his walk rate was good. His .259 BABIP suggests bad luck may have played a part in his struggles. Nevertheless, his low power output and limited playing time cap his fantasy utility. Even after a move to the Padres during the offseason, it doesn't seem like Garcia will be anything more than a reserve/utility player. There aren't many reasons to roster the 29-year-old outside of NL-only formats.
Garcia provided adequate performance for the Cardinals in 290 plate appearances as a utility infielder. The 28-year-old posted a .253/.365/.332 slash line, good for a respectable 94 wRC+. He's strictly a platoon player, hitting .282 against righties and .086 against lefties last year. If he continues to avoid lefties, he could provide some value in deeper settings, though the fact that his best skill is his 13.2 percent career walk rate hurts his value in non-OBP leagues. At his age, he's probably reached his ceiling as a part-time player, and he's blocked by better players around the infield, but his ability to fill in across the diamond should keep him in a major-league role next season. Garcia has just seven homers and three steals in 295 career games at the big-league level.
Garcia played all over the infield last season, seeing time at shortstop, second base and the hot corner over the course of the year. In total, he logged 257 plate appearances, nearly three times as many as he had in 2015. Garcia may very well see less time on the field in 2017, as most of his playing time last season was a product of the myriad of injuries to those ahead of him on the depth chart. The 27-year-old brings essentially no power to the table, and he doesn't have the speed to capitalize on his decent on-base skills. Garcia's best chance at regular playing time would be in a platoon role at second base, but Kolten Wong should get the first chance at holding down that job alongside Jedd Gyorko.
Garcia saw 75 at-bats for the Cardinals as a utility infielder for the big league club, similar to the role he played with Triple-A Memphis, though he sees most of his time at shortstop when in the minors. Jhonny Peralta has been fairly durable and it would have been unlikely that Garcia would see anything more than a bench role in 2016, but after the acquisition of Jedd Gyorko to serve as the utility infielder, Garcia will have a very hard time even making the 25-man roster out of spring training. He is a solid defender but probably won't offer a ton with the bat as he's a career .282/.382/.393 hitter in six minor league seasons. Garcia is generally pretty solid on the bases and if he were in a full-time role could probably collect double-digit steals as he'll likely draw enough walks to get on base a fair amount of the time.
Garcia saw just 14 at-bats for the Cardinals in 2014, serving as a bat off the bench and not much else. He'll probably return to Triple-A Memphis for the Cardinals as a utility infielder in 2015.
Garcia's contract was purchased by the Cardinals in November to protect the 24-year-old shortstop from being selected in the Rule 5 draft. He's a career .281/.386/.384 minor league hitter with some speed and doubles power. He'll likely serve the Cardinals as a utility infielder and organizational depth, but Garcia could find a way to more consistent playing time if Jhonny Peralta has any injury problems as Pete Kozma has proved ineffective.
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Inks deal with Phillies
2BPhiladelphia Phillies  
April 22, 2021
Garcia signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Thursday, Bryce Miller of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Granted release
2BFree Agent  
March 26, 2021
Garcia was granted his release by the Tigers on Friday.
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Won't make Opening Day roster
2BDetroit Tigers  
March 25, 2021
Garcia was informed Thursday that he won't make the Tigers' Opening Day roster, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Competing for utility role
2BDetroit Tigers  
February 25, 2021
Garcia is competing for a utility spot on Detroit's roster out of spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Invited to Tigers' camp
2BDetroit Tigers  
February 9, 2021
Garcia signed with Detroit as a non-roster invitee Tuesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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