Freddy Garcia: I’m ready for the bullpen 9

With six pitchers fighting for five rotation spots and Phil Hughes seemingly on track to win the last spot it likely means that Freddy Garcia is the odd man out.

Of course he’d prefer the bullpen, but Sweaty Freddy said that he doesn’t regret re-signing with the Yankees because he likes it in the Bronx and that he’s ready to pitch out of the bullpen if needed.

“I have never pitched in the bullpen, but I feel fine [with] whatever happens,” Garcia told George King of the NY Post. “I will be ready for anything. It’s the manager’s decision and I have to do my job and go from there.”

Glad to hear Garcia is still happy to be with the Yankees even after the starting pitching shakeup left him on the outside looking in. He’s a veteran who probably knows that he’s not going to have many more chances to win in his career. He also probably knows that the Yankees won’t make it through the season using just five starting pitchers. He’ll get his chance eventually either due to injuries or ineffectiveness.

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9 thoughts on “Freddy Garcia: I’m ready for the bullpen

  • Matt_DC

    The Yankees have done a good job of bringing in veterans like Freddy, along with Colon, Andruw Jones, and Eric Chavez, that just seem happy to play in the Bronx. The Yankees have such a calmer group than they did when surly veterans like Randy Johnson and Kevin Brown stalking the clubhouse.

  • Fred

    Wow, this speaks volumes about his character. It takes a lot to be able to say that. We're really lucky to have picked Freddy up when we did.

    That last sentence is crucial though: barring an injury of his own, Garcia will start at least some games for the Yankees this year. Even if its only to give one of the younger pitchers a skip in the rotation, or to start half of a double header

  • Charlie

    Yes, I agree with Keena. Look what Hughes did yesterday. 1 1/3 innings, I think there were 4 hits and 2 runs given up by him. I know it is only a spring training game but Hughes did not look good. He had a bad season last year and now he had a bad showing yesterday. Hughes has been with the Yankees for about 6 seasons now. He has had some times where he looked very good but he has more times where he does not look very good. He is inconsistent, gets injured and there is just something about him that tells me he is better off in the bullpen. There he does well except in the playoffs that year, lol. He started with so much potential when he first starred with the Yankees but that potential never really stayed with him.

    Look at Santana with the Mets. He has not pitched for the past 18 months, is coming off of shoulder surgery and pitched 2 innings yesterday with like 1 hit and no runs given up. Santana actually hit 92 mph on his fastball. About the same speed Hughes hit yesterday. He outpitched Hughes and CC Sabathia. You can either pitch or not and Hughes does not look to be a good pitcher. He spent the whole off season getting stronger and in good shape and he still can't pitch well.

  • Bronx_Knight

    This is a nice little development. A year ago when Freddy first came in with the Yankees, he made clear that he did not want to pitch in the pen: he would be a starter or nothing. He got his chance to start and overachieved, but his seemingly negative attitude had me a little worried. This latest comment seems to show that he likes being a Yankee and is willing to do whatever it takes for the team to win. Good stuff.

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