Yankees Sign Freddy Garcia

The Yankees have reached an agreement with RHP Freddy Garcia on a minor league deal, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The deal is worth a base of $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster and up to $5.1 million if he makes at least 30 starts.

Garcia, 35, was a two time All-Star, but suffered a shoulder injury in 2007 when he was with the Philadelphia Phillies. That pretty much caused him to miss most of the 2007-2009 seasons. Last year he had a halfway decent year for the Chicago White Sox. He made 28 starts over 157 innings with a 4.64 ERA.

The Yankees are paying Garcia slightly more than the Orioles ended up paying for Justin Duchscherer, but Garcia is a better bet to actually pitch 200 innings. Garcia has also expressed a strong desire to play for the Yankees in recent weeks which likely facilitated the deal.

Garcia will compete for one of two rotation spots with Sergio Mitre, Ivan Nova, and Bartolo Colon. If Andy Pettitte, who has not yet announced whether or not he will retire, returns the four starters will compete for one spot. There is about two weeks left until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

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12 Responses to Yankees Sign Freddy Garcia

  1. Susan says:

    Decent signing, much more likely to succeed than Fatso Colon.

  2. Bronx Knight says:

    This is not a bad signing. Assuming that Burnett comes back to form and Hughes has another solid year, I could live with Garcia-Nova at the back end of the rotation. If Andy comes back (please please please), then we could actually have a pretty solid rotation with Garcia or Nova holding down the tail end.

    Incidentally, as far as I can tell, Garcia was only an All-Star in 2001 and 2002. When was his third trip to the Mid-Summer Classic?

  3. Franco Kotos says:

    Garcia has the potential to be a viable #5 starter…the problem is that the Yankees already have another #5 starter in Nova and if AJ doesn’t turn it around, he could be another #5 starter and not a good one based on his 2nd half performance in 2010…3 starters that perform like #5 starters is not good for this team…hopefully Nova can step it up a notch and AJ can turn it around but I’m concerned about the rotation…as I see it, we need Pettite…

  4. The Captain says:

    I can see the logic in bringing in another cheap guy with AL experience, but Garcia is shot. His stuff doesn’t exist anymore and his numbers from last year are only going to get worse pitching against the AL East as a home run-prone guy in Yankee Stadium.

    Obviously the Yankees are just looking to get replacement level production from the 5-spot with all these guys they’re bringing in, and I’m OK with that. But since that’s the goal, why not give the spot to somebody like Hector Noesi if he performs well in ST? I’d rather have a young guy get beat up because he’s learning how to pitch in the Majors than an old guy get beat up because he sucks and has nothing left.

    • Franco Kotos says:

      I think you'll see these guys fighting for a spot or two come spring training…the Yankees generally take a conservative approach with bringing up their farm hands but you make a very good point and I'd love to see how these guys perform on the big stage…Cashman seems to prefer guys with major league experience but it's time to give some of the AAA pitchers a shot before the cream of the crop is ready, Betances, Banuelos etc…

      • The Captain says:

        Exactly. If nothing else, it helps build up trade value for some of these other guys since the Yanks clearly see the Killer Bs as bigger rotational prospects in the long term.

  5. This deal, nor the Colon deal, preclude the Yankees from using Noesi, Phelps, or somebody else right out of spring training. They’re non-guaranteed minor league deals. That way if the Yankees think they have a better option they can just cut them and not owe them a penny.

    • The Captain says:

      Just throwing as much you know what at the wall and seeing what sticks.

      I can’t argue with that approach, given what’s available and the continued uncertainty regarding Andy’s future.

      • Franco Kotos says:

        talking about what sticks…how about Andruw Jones putting up a 40 hr year in 2011…yeah it may sound crazy but he’s the kind of ballplayer that could do it if given enough at bats…

        • Bronx Knight says:

          I like the Jones signing, but there’s no way he will hit 40 HR in 2011. He hit more than 40 HR in 2005 and 2006, but both years he hit over .260 and played 156+ games. Over the past three years, he’s averaged only about 85 games per year, with a BA in 2008-2010 of only around .215. Even in 2007, his last full year, he hit only .222, with 26 HR. Plus he’s a righty AND a pull hitter and Yankee Stadium is unfriendly to right-handed power hitters.
          Having said all that, Jones is on an upswing these past two years, and I think he will be motivated to do well with the Yanks. So, being optimistic, I will hope for him to hit .250 this year. Even so, he was signed as the 4th outfielder, and even assuming that he hits .250, he will still not be nearly as good as Gardner, Granderson, or Swisher.
          So I see Jones as a great role player, starting against lefties, power off the bench, solid defense in any OF position, playing MAYBE 100 games, and contributing around 20 HR.

          • Franco Kotos says:

            Jones won’t get enough at bats unless someone goes down with an injury but he can reach those seats pretty easily…love to see him get some ab’s at Fenway…

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