St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Greg Garcia

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Greg Garcia Going Home to San Diego

The departure of Garcia leaves the Cardinals with Yairo Munoz as the No. 1 utility option (as the roster currently stands) in 2019.

November 01, 2018 - 2:19 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Utility infielder Greg Garcia will be playing just minutes from his hometown next season, as the San Diego Padres claimed him off waivers, Thursday. The 29-year-old had spent all of his professional career in the St. Louis Cardinals organization since being drafted in 2010. 

Garcia hit .221 with three home runs in 2018, splitting time at second base, third base and short stop. The career .248 hitter was a very successful utility man and could have a career resurgence similar to Daniel Descalso. The former Cards utility player has become an everyday player since being signed as a free agent in Colorado before the 2015 season. 

The departure of Garcia leaves the Cardinals with Yairo Munoz as the No. 1 utility option (as the roster currently stands) in 2019. Munoz was a surprise to make the MLB roster out of spring training, but was among the hottest bats in the Cardinals lineup at times and played multiple games at six different positions last season.

The move also opened up a spot on the Cardinals 40-man roster, which will likely be filled in free agency this offseason. The Cardinals also outrighted catcher Francisco Pena to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, Thursday to open up another 40-man roster spot.