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Could Garland be This Year's Lohse?


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Interesting article about how effective Borras was as an agent in this situation.

The further we get into the offseason, I wonder if Garland could be in a similar situation?

(I'm only posting this so the ball will get rolling on available FA pitchers...Garland will end up signing this week. :D)

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