Outfielder With No Minor League Options Waived By Indians

HAINES CITY, Fla. (AP) - Outfielder Karim Garcia, who batted over .300 in five weeks with Cleveland last season but couldn't win a job during training camp, was waived by the Indians on Wednesday.

Garcia, 26, was hitting .323 with two homers and 10 RBIs this spring with the Indians. He no longer has any minor league options and will become a free agent once he clears waivers.

"I came here trying to win a job, but I understand there's not much room for me," said Garcia. "I knew they had to make a decision. But there's always somewhere to play in this game."

Garcia had five homers and nine RBIs in 20 games in 2001 with the Indians, who signed him as a free agent last season after he was released by Baltimore.

At Triple-A Buffalo last year, Garcia hit .264 with 31 homers and 85 RBIs before being called up on Sept. 1.

Garcia said he had spoken to manager Charlie Manuel about the possibility of playing in Japan. Manuel's playing career took off when he went to Japan in 1976.

"At this point in my career I'm not ready for that," Garcia said. "I think I can help someone out over here."

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