7-Year Veteran Flamethrower Released, Becomes Free Agent

A flamethrowing, fiery seven-year veteran pitcher has made his way back into free agency after he asked for and was granted his release by the Cleveland Guardians. Amir Garrett had signed a minor league deal with the Guards a month ago, but when it was evident they wouldn't be calling him up, he's decided to head elsewhere. 

Garrett has been the architect of his own troubles this season, walking an untenable 7.4 batters per nine innings during his 27-game stint with the Kansas City Royals. And upon arriving with the Cleveland Triple-A affiliate, the control has gotten even worse, as he's walked 11 batters per nine. 

For a couple of seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Garrett was an integral part of the back end of their bullpen, compiling over 12.5 Ks per nine with an ERA of about 3.00 during the 2019 and 2020 seasons. But things have devolved for him over the past couple of years as has his control. 

But as a hard-throwing lefty, there's still a chance that some contending team could take a chance on adding some intimidating heat to their bullpen for the stretch run. 

He's now free for the taking. 

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