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Freddy Garcia traded to the Phillies


The Chicago White Sox traded right-hander Freddy Garcia to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night for Gavin Floyd and a player to be named.

White Sox manager Kenny Williams let slip during the announcement at baseball's winter meetings that the "player to be named" is pitcher Gio Gonzalez.

The deal reconnects Garcia with his former general manager from Seattle, Pat Gillick, who has been working to upgrade the team's pitching staff. Gillick had also been looking for a right-handed bat to protect NL MVP Ryan Howard, but said he didn't expect to find one and turned his attention to the pitching staff.

Garcia was 17-9 with a 4.53 ERA for Chicago last season.

"The Chicago White Sox are still open for business," Williams said.

My prediction:  Freddy Garcia will eat a lot of cheese steaks.