After three years in the Baltimore bullpen, Garland became a starter in 1976 and
went 20-7 with a 2.68 ERA, ranking third in the league in wins (and second in winning
percentage with .741). He had played out his option, and he became a free agent after
the season. After signing a lucrative long-term contract with the Indians, in 1977
Garland went 13-19 with a 3.59 ERA for fifth-place Cleveland, tying for the AL lead
in losses. On May 5, 1978, he had to have surgery for a rotator cuff tear. He never
had another winning season, and he is remembered whenever the supposed evils of free
agency and long-term contracts are discussed.