A day after auditioning for about 15 major league clubs in Florida, pitcher Freddy Garcia hopes to make a decision "quickly" on where he will be pitching for the rest of this season, his agent said Wednesday.
Agent Peter Greenberg told ESPN.com that Garcia would prefer to sign a contract for the rest of 2008, show that he's fully recovered from shoulder surgery, then go on the open market as a free agent in November. Ideally, Garcia would like to pick his destination by the weekend.
"I'd hope we could do it sooner rather than later, because we don't want to lose any more time," Greenberg said. "At the same time, we're not going to rush anything or take the first offer. We've taken this a step at a time all the way along, and that's what we're going to do now."
Garcia, 33, has a 117-76 record in nine seasons with Seattle, the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia. He has seven 200-inning seasons on his resume, and pitched for the White Sox's World Series team in 2005.
Garcia pitched only 58 innings for the Phillies in 2007 before going down with season-ending shoulder surgery. Now that his rehab is almost complete, he's likely to be a popular target for teams that need pitching help and were unable to fill their needs by the trade deadline.
The Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Tigers, Rangers, Mets, Phillies, Astros, Brewers, Cubs, Rockies and Dodgers sent scouts to watch Garcia's workout at the University of Miami on Tuesday. It's believed that representatives from Florida and the White Sox were also on hand for his open audition.
Garcia began his workout with some stretching and long-tossing, threw 15 pitches, rested, then threw another 15 pitches. His representatives clocked him consistently at 86 mph on the radar gun.
All the clubs in attendance also received a physical therapist's report detailing Garcia's workout program over the last 11 months.
Garcia told one scout that he could be ready to pitch in the low minors by early next week, and would require 3-4 starts to work himself up to five innings in Triple-A ball.
"Freddy is working hard to come back as a starter," Greenberg said. "That's his goal -- to help a pennant-contending team get to October. There are a lot of factors that he'll take into consideration. But he'd like it to be with a winning team with a chance to help get another ring."
Jerry Crasnick covers Major League Baseball for ESPN.com.