The former Rockies pitcher was claimed by the Giants and a month later, he was non-tendered.
Rico Garcia, who will be 26 next month, made his MLB debut with the Rockies in 2019 as he made two appearances (one start) but he did not pitch well (10.50 ERA).
However, with the amount of injuries that the Rockies had to their pitching staff by August when Garcia made his debut, he realistically should have been a September call-up, at best, since he struggled with Albuquerque after being promoted there after pitching to a 1.85 ERA in 13 starts with Double-A Hartford.
If he were to return to the Rockies, the Rockies obviously already know him and he would be a cheap depth option in Triple-A. For him, a minor league deal with an invite to spring training would be perfect.
The Milwaukee Brewers non-tendered a lot of players and one of them was Junior Guerra.
While struggling a bit as a starter for the Brewers, Guerra, 34, found his coming for the Brewers last year exclusively out of the bullpen.
He went 9-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 72 games for the Brewers in long relief (83 2/3 IP). He had a WHIP of 1.124 and struck out more than eight batters per nine innings. His Statcast numbers also show that he is in the top third in fastball velocity as well as fastball and curveball spin rate but he is in the 94th percentile in exit velocity.
He was projected to make $3.5 million in arbitration so he could be a relatively cheap bullpen arm for the Rockies.