Freddy Garcia Could be Back with Yankees in 2012

By most measures Yankees starter Freddy Garcia had a good season in the Bronx this year, but a return to Pinstripes in 2012 seems questionable. However, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated has reported that Garcia enjoyed his time with the Yankees and the team liked him too so there is a good chance that he returns next season.

Garcia is a Type-B free agent, meaning the Yankees could potentially get a draft pick if he leaves. However it makes sense that they would want him back. He proved more durable than they expected as he made 25 starts. He could have made even more, but a cut finger and a 6-man rotation held him back.

The Yankees have a lot of question marks in the rotation at this point as A.J. Burnett is probably the only person with a guaranteed spot. Even if they can keep CC Sabathia in Pinstripes and Ivan Nova doesn’t have a sophomore slump, they still need to fill at least two holes in the rotation. A few of the kids are almost ready, but it would be un-Yankee like to go into camp without some veterans to compete for jobs.

Garcia was brought in for very similar reasons last year so it would make sense that they would bring him back for one more year. He earned a base salary of $1.5 million last season on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. He also earned $1.85 million in performance bonuses.

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7 Responses to Freddy Garcia Could be Back with Yankees in 2012

  1. David K. says:

    Garcia pulled his weight unlike A.J. We should definitely hang onto Garcia for insurance. He's a decent fifth starter.

    • Fred says:

      Blasphemy, AJ was our ALDS MVP! haha

      Anyway, I definitely agree here. Seems like a no-brainer to me actually after the season he had and the low risk of having him back. Biggest loss would be the type B draft pick, but a potential middle of the rotation starter more than outweighs that.

  2. Casey says:

    it would be a good move for Garcia to come back, he proved himself and pulled his weight when we needed him most.

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    I'm not so high on this guy. It's fine if they bring him back, but he faded down the stretch and doesn't seem to have the stuff to handle good teams. On a pennant winner, strictly a back of the rotation guy.

  4. jesseschindler says:

    Joe Girardi also said that Phil Hughes could be in the rotation too.

  5. Bronx_Knight says:

    I would certainly like to see Freddy back: the guy threw 146 innings, had an ERA of 3.62 and an ERA+ of 122, those are pretty fine numbers. He's a good back-of-the-rotation guy. Question is how much? In 2011, he earned $3.35 M, which is already pretty cheap for the numbers he put up. Of that, only $1.5 M was guaranteed money. And this was a year when we basically claimed him off the rubbish heap. How much does he get going forward?

    • Bronx_Knight says:

      Answering my own question, I say bring Freddy back at $6M for one year. Bargain if he performs like he did this year, and not so bad even if he reverts to his 2010 form (4.64 ERA, 157 IP).