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.