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“If it’s in the big leagues, I’ll do whatever they want,” Garcia said. “I understand where they’re coming from [in wanting me to start]. Do I think I could do it? I think I could do it, and I think I could do it successfully. But do I want to go to the minor leagues and do it? I don’t think any player would ever say they want to do that.

“My mindset is set on playing in the big leagues and helping this team. On winning a World Series and, hopefully, being a part of it,” he added, perhaps reflecting on how he got here at age 27 and the “Plan B” he seems to have narrowly avoided a few times. Then he smiled.

“If I can still put a uniform on, then I’m a happy man,” he said.