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.